The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each state to create a plan to ensure all children receive a high-quality education that prepares them for college and careers. As part of the Illinois ESSA plan, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will evaluate every Illinois preK-8 school on eight indicators: English-language arts academic growth (25%); math academic growth (25%); English-language arts proficiency (7.5%); math proficiency (7.5%); science proficiency (5%); English learner progress to proficiency (5%); chronic absenteeism (20%); and climate survey participation (5%). Learn more about these indicators.

ISBE uses data from these indicators to give each school a summative designation, or a rating, in one of four tiers. The tiers are: Exemplary School (Tier I), Commendable School (Tier 2), Underperforming School (Tier 3) and Lowest Performing School (Tier 4). Learn more about school designations.


ISBE shared 2019 school designation information as part of the 2019 Illinois School Report Card, which was published on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

More than 50% of District 58’s 13 schools earned an “Exemplary” rating, ISBE’s top designation. Locally, 27% of DuPage County elementary and middle schools earned an Exemplary rating. In addition, the remaining six District 58 schools earned a “Commendable” rating, the State’s second highest designation. This rating is awarded to schools with zero underperforming subgroups that are not among the top 10 percent of schools.

District 58’s School Designations:

  • Belle Aire: Commendable
  • El Sierra: Commendable
  • Fairmount: Exemplary
  • Henry Puffer: Exemplary
  • Highland: Commendable
  • Hillcrest: Exemplary
  • Indian Trail: Commendable
  • Kingsley: Exemplary
  • Lester: Exemplary
  • Pierce Downer: Exemplary
  • Whittier: Exemplary
  • Herrick Middle: Commendable
  • O’Neill Middle: Commendable

The Illinois Report Card also includes metrics on every Illinois school, including student growth, school funding and demographics. New this year, the report card will include site-based expenditures — how much money each district spends per student at individual schools.

District 58 invites parents to attend a forum at their school this fall to learn more about their school’s ESSA designation and performance.

Fall 2019 ESSA Parent Forum schedule:

  • Pierce Downer: Monday, Nov. 4 from 6-7 p.m.
  • Henry Puffer: Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 6-7 p.m.
  • El Sierra: Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Fairmount: Monday, Nov. 11 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Indian Trail: Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 6-7 p.m.
  • Belle Aire: Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Hillcrest: Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 7:45-8:45 p.m.
  • O’Neill: Thursday, Nov. 14 from 6-7 p.m.
  • Whittier: Thursday, Nov. 14 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Herrick: Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 6-7 p.m.
  • Highland: Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Lester: Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 6:15-7:15 p.m.
  • Kingsley: Thursday, Nov. 21 from 6-7 p.m.

Learn more about ESSA in District 58:

2018-19 School Year ESSA Information: