District 63 officials blame language barrier for inadequate ISAT scores

November 14, 2008

NILES, IL–East Maine School District 63 and three of its schools failed make adequate yearly progress according to the standards of No Child Left Behind and the Illinois Standards Academic Achievement Test, but school officials said their test scores suffered because many of their students were forced to take this year’s test in a foreign language — English. full story
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New ESL Testing Brings ‘Fs’ for Some Schools

November 3, 2008

ELGIN, IL–When you think of Harriet Gifford Elementary School, principle Joe Corcoran wants you to think of things like the musical his students are putting on… MUSICAL: Oh the things you can think, when you think about Seuss! TEACHER: Good! Corcoran would rather not focus on the failed rating his school got this year. CORCORAN: I just want to put a little editorial out there for full story
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D65 subgroups fail to meet federal mandates

October 22, 2008

EVANSTON, IL–Administrators at Evanston/Skokie School District 65 have filed an appeal after failing to meet standards for the No Child Left Behind Act for the first time in three years. The appeal alleges the district was unfairly hurt by a change in the test given to “limited English proficient” students. In past years, these students were able to take a less complex test. full story

Student reported missing flew back to Vietnam, police say

October 20, 2008

CHICAGO, IL–River Forest police on Friday announced that a woman who had been reported missing Oct. 9 had taken a flight to her native Vietnam a day earlier. Trang Nguyen, 20, an international student studying English here since late August, boarded an airplane in Chicago and flew to Los Angeles before flying to Vietnam, police said. full story

International student missing from suburb

October 14, 2008

CHICAGO, IL–A 20-year-old international student from Vietnam remains missing Monday after she disappeared early last week from west suburban River Forest. Police believe the woman was not abducted, and foul play is not suspected, River Forest Deputy Chief Dan Dhooghe. “There were no signs of struggle,” Dhooghe said. full story