Dear Thornton Fractional 215 Family,
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently released our annual School Report Card at www.illinoisreportcard.com. The Report Card shows how well our district and more importantly how your child’s school is progressing on a wide range of educational goals. We are proud that both TF North and TF South are identified as commendable schools, according to Illinois State Board. The designation, commendable, means we have zero underperforming student groups at or below the “all students” group in the lowest-performing 5% of all schools. Additionally, our four-year graduation rate stands at 84%, which is well above the 67% threshold.
Two notable highlights include an increase of our students’ participation in early college coursework such as Advanced Placement (AP) and dual credit courses. Specifically, more than 40% of our students took one or more AP class and/or one or more dual college credit bearing course(s). This is an increase of more than 6% from last school year. This progress reflects the investments we have made and continue to make in exposing our students to more rigorous courses and classwork early and often. Additionally, our five-year graduation rate is 94% and 6% higher than the state’s average.
We are proud that during this 2019-2020 school year, our Board of Education approved our district budget. Thus, we were able to utilize our Evidence-Based Funding dollars to hire additional classroom teachers as we expand our AP course offerings. Moreover, we are in the midst of overhauling our curriculum by relying on the expertise and time of our teachers and consultants. Our teachers, administrators, and staff, in partnership with you, are continuing to focus on elevating student performance across the board, from assisting our students in persisting through ninth grade to excelling on the SAT state assessment, which serves as a gateway to many institutions of higher learning. There is room for improvement and we continue to look for ways to make sure our students persist through grade nine, on time and graduate college and career ready.
We welcome this opportunity to dive into our data and talk about additional improvements and investments we can make to support all of our student scholars in reaching their goals. Our schools are strongest when we all work together.
Thank you for your continued partnership.
Teresa A. Lance