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State School report card released and reveals yet another failing year for the district

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The State of Illinois' School Report Card is out, and it shows 16 out of the 18 districts in Adams, Pike, Hancock, and Brown counties failed to meet state standards.

The Quincy Public School District is on that list.

Administrators here at QPS have been combing through that report.

They say years of teacher lay-offs and program cuts are catching up.

And, students who need extra help are falling through the cracks.

It's a typical reading lesson for students at Quincy's Ellington School on Wednesday.

But, what's become much too typical for the district, another State School Report Card that shows another year of failing to meet standards.

QPS Assistant Superintendent Patricia Viniard says budget cuts are catching up, and students in need of extra attention aren't getting it.

"Unfortunately as we have greater needs we have less support and intervention for them and so we feel that it's just a bad combination," said Viniard.

The Illinois School Report card looks at a variety standardized test results.

But, Regional Superintendent of Schools Debbie Niederhauser says there's a flaw in the report.

She says scores of students with learning disabilities are lumped together with general-ed students.

"A sub group or a sub groups are the one that's causing the entire school to not make AYP. You can have the vast majority of kids that are making it but the sub groups will skew the scores," said Niederhauser.

Next year, the report card will break down test results based on sub groups.

But, Viniard says more work still needs to be done at QPS.

She says they are streamlining what they are teaching to align with the new state-wide common core standards.

"It isn't just different content but it's really making sure that students can think and apply and problem solve, so the days of work sheets and the days of teachers standing at the front of the room lecturing those instructional practices will not help our students will not allow them to become prepared for the common core state standards," said Viniard.

There is some good news in this report for QPS: three of its ten schools did make AYP -- Monroe, Madison and Dewey.

Last year, four schools made AYP. Those same schools, plus, Ellington.

 

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