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Community High School District 155 was a percentage point behind District 157 on the Northwest Herald's averaged composite score. Assistant Superintendent Scott Shepard called the data a "snapshot" of how students perform. Shepard said he felt good about the district's direction. The district which Crystal Lake South, Crystal Lake Central, Prairie Ridge and Cary-Grove high schools.
"We need to make sure we’re identifying students that need additional support," Shepard said. "We want to meet students where they’re at and challenge them to improve."
Huntley District 158 is next with 52.15 percent of its students considered meeting or exceeding state standards.
The district, which includes elementary schools as well as Huntley High School, likes to look at students more broadly than just their test scores, Schlichter said.
"We look at how our students are collaborating in a 21st century manner," Schlichter said.
This includes taking a look at work and learning habits, time management skills and students' interests outside the classroom. Schlichter said that, when district officials see improvements in the overall scores, they're happy, but strive to individualize the numbers.
"[We] want to make sure no student gets lost just because scores across the board are going up," Schlichter said.
She also cited the personalized learning technique Lind said is employed in his district and the number of career-related opportunities District 158's high school has started to employ.
Crystal Lake School District 47 falls in the middle of the list with 45.1 percent of its students considered meeting or exceeding the standard. In 2016, the district had 45.3 percent. In an email, spokeswoman Denise Barr said the district's 2017 PARCC data may not be correct, however.
"It has come to our attention that there was an upload error in our student demographic information for PARCC, which may skew some of the original data released," Barr said. "ISBE communicated to us today that the error will be corrected for the official release of data on Tuesday. Due to the error, we are not comfortable commenting on the scores until this has been corrected."
The interactive, searchable Illinois State Report Card should be accurate Friday, Smith said.