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Statewide test results: low income students score 30.8 points lower at Kennedy Junior High School

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By Local Labs News Service | Sep 15, 2018

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At Kennedy Junior High School, a 30.8-point achievement gap persisted between low income and non low income students in 2017, according to end-of-year assessments reported in the latest Illinois schools report card. The achievement gap shows an 2.8-point decline in scores between low income and non low income students. Of the 990 students enrolled in 2017, 8.5 percent were low income or about 84 students.

The achievement gap measures how one group of students academically outperforms another. The Illinois State Board of Education collects data on the persistent gap between groups by race and ethnicity, income level and gender.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, is administered to third- through eighth-graders in Illinois, testing them in reading and math based on Common Core standards. A composite score combines the results of the subject tests.

According to Kennedy Junior High School composite scores for 2017, 47.4 percent of low income students passed the tests. Meanwhile, 78.1 percent of non low income students passed.

Students who passed either met or exceeded expectations and are considered prepared for the next grade level, college or work. Students who failed either partially met, approached or did not meet expectations.

The achievement gap is smaller for English language arts scores and larger for math scores.

There is a 28.6-point gap between low income and non low income students English language arts scores in 2017 a 1.1 point improvement since 2016. In 2017, 53.2 percent of low income students passed the reading subject test. Meanwhile, 81.8 percent of non low income students passed.

There was a 25.7-point gap between low income and non low income student math scores in 2017: 51.9 percent of low income students passed while 77.7 percent of non low income students passed.

Kennedy Junior High School's income level achievement gap over 3 years

Year
Composite
English language arts
Math
2017
-30.8%
-28.6%
-25.7%
2016
-27.9%
-29.6%
-31.3%
2015
-37.5%
-33.7%
-41.1%

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