Latest State Report Card now available

 

Dear Oak Park and River Forest High School Community,

Today the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released our annual School Report Card, which you can see by clicking here. The Report Card shows how well our school is progressing on a wide range of educational goals. The district’s Report Card identifies a number of strengths relative to student success at OPRF. Among those:

  • Our students continue to significantly outperform the state average on the SAT in English Language Arts and Mathematics, as well as Science Proficiency, with approximately 60% or more demonstrating proficiency in these three areas.

  • Our graduation rate for each of our student groups is higher than the overall state average.

  • 91% of our freshmen are on track to graduate with their class.

  • 39% of our students take early college course work, up from 36% last year, a figure we expect to continue growing as we increase Dual Credit and Advanced Placement opportunities for our students.

One component of the School Report Card is the summative designation, which is a descriptor of how well our school is meeting the needs of all students. These designations fall into four categories (Exemplary, Commendable, Underperforming and Lowest-Performing) and are based on eight indicators of student success. OPRF has again earned Commendable status for the 2019-2020 school year. (For more information on what the designations mean, click here.) 

For the first time ever, these designations and academic indicators appear alongside site-based expenditures – how much money our district spends per student at our school. With these two data points, we have the opportunity to take a closer look at the relationship between financial investments and student outcomes.

While we are happy to be in the Commendable category, we have higher expectations for ourselves. Only 10% of public schools in the state are granted Exemplary status each year, and in the future, we intend to be among this group. In order to reach this designation, we will continue to pursue the school improvement initiatives we have committed to over the past few years:

  • Continuing our commitment to racial equity by examining our practices at all levels of the organization.

  • Creating a welcoming school culture where all students and families feel a sense of belonging.

  • Improving the quality of curriculum and programming for all students through a comprehensive evaluation process.

  • Increasing access to honors and AP courses for our students of color.

  • Deepening our restorative justice practices.

  • Improving the transition experiences for our 9th grade students, so that they are prepared and supported on day one.

  • Enhancing our post-secondary programming so that students can make successful transitions into college or career choices.

We welcome this opportunity to dive into our data and talk about additional improvements and investments we can make to support every student in reaching their goals. I invite you to join us for the regular monthly Board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room, when district administrators will share more information from the State Report Card. 

We at Oak Park and River Forest High School hold high expectations for all students and believe every student can meet our expectations with the right supports. Thank you for your continued partnership to ensure every child at OPRF is thriving.
 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams
Superintendent