Welcome back!! I hope your school year is off to a great start and that your household has adjusted smoothly to the inevitable new routines that school brings.
I have completed visits to each of our 14 attendance centers and enjoyed meeting with many teachers, students and parents during those visits. I will be in buildings on a regular basis throughout the year. I continue to be thankful for the warm welcome I have received since arriving in July.
Kudos to York High School, which posted the highest ACT score in school history. The composite average of 24.2 continues a decade-long upward trend. York improved in all four tested areas: Math, English, Reading, and Science Reasoning.
In August, the Board of Education approved Student Achievement Action Plans for the 2015-16 school year. The first objective is Develop a Balanced Assessment System and Improve Assessment Literacy throughout the District. The second objective is Increase Student Engagement in All Grades EC-12. The public can access the complete plans that outline priority areas, action steps, timelines, and anticipated outcomes by clicking here (or on Student Achievement in the column on the left of this page).
The Governor recently signed legislation that requires state universities in Illinois to accept Advanced Placement credit for all students who score a three or higher on the test (where five is the maximum score). I consider this very good news as it will help students save money by moving through their college careers more quickly with less debt. In the past, colleges could decide which courses and scores they would accept. I strongly urge all students to take full advantage of the AP offerings at York High School.
Additionally, the District is close to signing in Intergovernmental Agreement with the City of Elmhurst to utilize the Madison Early Childhood Education Center soccer field as a dual use facility that can hold stormwater in the event of a major storm. The facility would retain the excess water for a short period of time and then drain within 48 hours and be returned to its intended use.
And finally, the first Focus 205 Community Engagement meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2 at York High School, beginning at 7 PM. The first meeting is intended to set the stage for three additional meetings throughout the fall. At the first session, I will be addressing attendees on the topic Next Generation Learning. Please join the conversation. I hope to see you there!
Dr. David Moyer, Superintendent
|Average ACT Score (Class of 2011)||24.1||Total Number of Employees||1,209|
|State Average||20.6||Total number of Teachers
(Full Time Equivalents)
|Overall ISAT||83%||Teachers with Advanced Degrees||73.6%|
|State Average||59%||National Board Certified Teachers||20|
|Per Pupil Expenditure||$12,660|
|Total Square Feet of Building Space||1,586,681||Total Students||8,176|
|Total Acres of Property||105.6||White||75.3%|
|District Administration Center||1||Asian||5.5%|
|High Schools||1||Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||0%|
|Middle Schools||3||American Indian||0%|
|Elementary Schools||8||Two or More Races||2.8%|
|Food Service||Low Income Rate||15.3%|
|Meals Served Annually||353,587||State Average||50%|
|Percentage of Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Meals||13.99%||Limited English Proficient||4.8%|
|State Average||54.87%||High School Drop Out Rate||0.7%|
|Number of 2011 Graduates||619||Regular Education Routes||56|
|High School Graduate Rate||95%||Number of Regular Route Miles||390,462|
|State Average||83%||Special Education Route Miles||414,009|
Taken from 2013 State Report Card