In the classrooms of Rockford Public Schools, students are expected to do the
math. New numbers out on the district's new math and reading scores -- indicates the
majority of District 205 students are not making the grade.
School official Dan Woestman held a news conference to accentuate the positive.
"We're really excited that so many of our schools show growth over the past two years, we're really excited about the high schools,” Woestman said. “They've all been able to show growth over the past few years."
- 25 out of 42 schools saw reading scores go up. 14 went down. 3 stayed the same.
Math scores are down at a majority of
- 23 schools saw declines --2 stayed the same, and only 17 saw math scores go up.
Woestman acknowledges this is an important report card for the district.
"State assessments from this past spring really allow us to get a good look at all our schools, find out which ones are doing well, which ones are struggling, and which ones we need to allocate resources to,” Woestman said.
Haskell Elementary saw the biggest drop in scores. Now just 1-in-4 students there make the grade for either math or reading.
Overall, the chart provided by the district shows that at the vast majority of
Woestman insists things are headed in the right direction.
"We're really excited about our numbers. We feel like we've shown continued growth over the last few years and we've seen areas we want to try and replicate that in the future," said Woestman.