DECATUR — Twenty-seven percent of Decatur public schools students are proficient on new state science standards, data released Wednesday shows.
The 2017 Illinois Science Assessment says French Academy, with 2.6 percent of students testing as proficient, and Robertson Charter School, with 9.4 percent, had the lowest performances. Johns Hill Magnet School, with 59 percent, and Garfield Montessori School, with 52.6 percent, had the highest performances.
Area scores were better, with 71.5 percent of Mount Zion students, 72.5 percent of Cerro Gordo students and 78 percent of Monticello students showing proficiency.
Questions on the science test ask students to apply their scientific knowledge and reasoning to real-world problems, with the goal of preparing them of post-secondary education and career. The new science standards took effect in February 2014.
“The new standards represent a shift in how students engage with and how educators teach science,” said State Superintendent Tony Smith. “The new standards make science more accessible, opening career and college doors for students.”
Neither the 2016 or 2017 results will count toward ratings for schools and districts, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. The percentage of students scoring in the proficient category will contribute 5 percent to each school and district's rating beginning in 2020.