Culver School was designated a 2018 Exemplary School by the Illinois State Board of Education.
The prestigious designation is the highest award given by the State Board of Education. Only the top ten percent of all schools in the state are rated “Exemplary.” All state schools were rated on the basis of a comprehensive set of criteria including student academic growth, achievement on state assessments in reading and math, and student attendance.
"I am extremely proud of the hard work of all our students and staff, and I am very pleased that our efforts were recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education,” said School Superintendent John Kosirog.
Over the past year, the percent of students meeting or exceeding state standards increased at nearly every grade level and subject. In 2018, 84 percent of our students exceeded, met or approached state standards in ELA. 77 percent of our students exceed, met or approached state standards in math.
The Niles District 71 Board of Education approved a strategic plan in 2017 that set the stage for the recent ISBE designation. The District’s strategic plan is focused on continuous improvement to enhance the rigor of the curriculum to prepare students for high school and beyond. To meet this goal, District stakeholders worked collaboratively to align curriculum to Illinois State common core standards, implement proven intervention strategies for struggling students, and increase access to early childhood education.
According to Board President Matt Holbrook, “We are excited that Culver School is recognized as one of the very best in the entire state. Our talented staff has long been dedicated to meeting the needs of every child. The entire community is thrilled about the honor.”
Culver students performed extremely well in the area of academic growth, one of the key indicators measured by the state. Culver students performed significantly above the state average in both English and math.
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