Dear Parents and Community,
Lyons 103 strives to give our students the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to succeed in the future, whether that includes college, a career or both.
The need to prepare our students for advanced schooling has led Illinois schools to start implementing the Common Core State Standards. These new standards outline the skills and content our students must master in Math and English Language Arts at each grade level to continue on the path to college and career readiness. The performance levels of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), an exam that measures success in meeting the state standards, has been changed accordingly.
The state has determined new expectations in the current state standards for our students in grades 3-8. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is raising the bar on the ISAT performance expectations in Math and English Language Arts for elementary and middle school students throughout the state. As we receive the results of the revised statewide tests today, our staff will be able to provide the appropriate support and help for your student based on the new learning standards at an earlier point in their schooling.
The new expectations also paves the way for the state to replace the ISAT tests in Math and English Language Arts with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams. The PARCC exams will line up with the Common Core State Standards and provide better information about students’ abilities to master the appropriate skills and content for college and careers. Unlike the ISAT, which is given once a year, the PARCC tests will be given more than once during the school year. The new PARCC tests are scheduled to begin in the 2014-2015 school year.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support of Lyons 103.
Dr. Mary Jo Vladika
Superintendent of Schools