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The Nature of the Achievement Gap at District 65, And the Scope of the Opportunity Gap
While Figure 1 reflects that District 65 has one of the largest achievement gaps in the nation, Dr. Reardon’s study shows that black students in District 65 have, on average, scored significantly better than black students in Berkeley and Atlanta, and better than 78% of the school districts in the nation. In addition, in calculating the socioeconomic status (SES) rating for black students in District 65 that is shown in Figure 1, Dr. Reardon used a median income of $55,535 for black families who had students attending the District. District 65’s free-lunch data, though, suggests that the median income of black families with students attending the District may be two-thirds that amount. In addition, in calculating the socioeconomic status (SES) rating for black students in District 65 that is shown in Figure 1, Dr. Reardon used a median income of $55,535 for black families who had students attending the District. District 65’s free-lunch data, though, suggests that the median income of black families with students attending the District may be two-thirds that amount.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Schools Will Open on Time Despite State's Mess
“District 65 schools will open as scheduled on Monday, Aug. 28, and we look forward to welcoming our students and staff back for the first day,” Paul Goren, Superintendent for School District 65 told the RoundTable, “Yet, it remains critical that both parties reach an agreement as soon as possible. Like other districts, State funding is an important component of our budget. Without the passage of a new school funding formula, the consequences will have a significant impact on our fund balance and the referendum resources we have reserved to balance our budget in future years. We will continue to monitor this situation."
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Algebra Information Sessions For 8th Grade Families
This summer, the District 65 School Board approved a shift in algebra programming for the 2017-2018 school year. Families of 8th grade students are invited to learn more about the shifts in Algebra placement, including an overview of the new Algebra EXCITE class, and to ask questions.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
RWD (Ricky Wilson Day) Summer Music Program is a First Time Hit
Jennifer Francis came up with the idea of initiating a summer camp experience for Evanston middle school-age students as a way to honor the memory of her son, Ricky Wilson, a graduate of Dewey, Nichols and ETHS who loved music and life. Ricky Wilson was shot and killed in 2011, shortly after he had found his calling as a mentor and counselor to troubled youth.
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Algebra Will Be Detracked at All Middle Schools
On July 17, District 65 administrators announced that tracking of students in Algebra will be eliminated in all three middle schools starting in the 2017-18 school year.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
There's No Arguing the Growing Interest, Success of the ETHS Speech and Debate Team
Evanston Township High School’s Speech and Debate team has a long, proud history. Students won the IHSA State Championship in Policy Debate as far back as 1968.  But over the past eight  years under Jeff Hannan, the team has grown in size, scope and success.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Candance Chow Named McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow
Candance Chow, past president and current member of the District 65 School Board, was named a McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow by the Erikson Institute.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
ETHS Boosterpalooza Celebrates Five Years
Evanston Township High School Boosters is hosting its Fifth Annual Boosterpalooza from 6 to 10 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the Sherman Plaza garage rooftop, 821 Davis St.  The musical event brings people from thoughout the community together to support ETHS.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
New Report Finds Race and Income Are Still Strong Predictors of Achievement, But School Effectiveness Makes a Difference
A new report, “Upstate/Downstate,” by Paul Zavitkovsky and Steven Tozer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, analyzes how changes in low-income enrollment and school effectiveness have impacted student achievement in 709 Illinois school districts in the period between 2001 and 2016.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Learning Bridge Early Childhood Center Receives National Award
Learning Bridge Early Education Center (formerly Child Care Center of Evanston) received the Award of excellence for Preschool Teaching and Learning from ExceleRate Illinois, the state’s quality recognition and improvement system for early learning and development providers.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017



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