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Harvard School District 50 superintendent: Test scores 'unacceptable'

Harvard School District 50 Superintendent Corey Tafoya
Harvard School District 50 Superintendent Corey Tafoya

HARVARD – Harvard School District 50 needs to do better on state tests, and it has a plan in place to move students toward better report card scores, Superintendent Corey Tafoya said in a letter to district parents.

The Illinois State Board of Education released its 2017 Report Card data Tuesday. Harvard School District performed the worst in McHenry County, with 13.9 percent of its students considered meeting or exceeding state standards, a nearly 2 percent drop since 2016.

“This report card is a challenge for me,” Tafoya said. “To put it bluntly, the current school report cards of our schools are unacceptable, and we need to fix them.”

The school district is poised to better its educational system. The school board’s first goal on its strategic plan is aimed at improving student success, Tafoya said.

“This plan will provide a clean break from the way the district has operated in the past,” he said. “We have clearly understood goals that were established through communication with our public, parents and staff. … I am confident that the staff we have can design and execute improvement.”

Tafoya encouraged parents to attend school board meetings or reach out directly to him and school staff.

“We embrace the raised expectation you have for us as a district. Partnering with our parents and community is vital. We want the same thing – a better system for the education of our students,” he said. “I understand any skepticism you might have, but I ask you for a chance to show it is going to be much better moving forward.”

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