Annually, the Illinois State Board of Education develops a report card for each school and for the district. Below is the link to that annual report card website.
Links for individual schools and the district are below.
Illinois School Report Card - 2022
Woodland schools received Commendable ratings in the most recent Illinois School Report Card released in October 2022. This is very encouraging news after nearly two years of pandemic disruptions to learning. We applaud the hard work and dedication of our staff, students, and district families for showing such resiliency through a time of uncertainty and hardship.
Woodland took a proactive approach to increased academic support as we transitioned back to in-person learning in 2021. We believe that the Commendable rating can be directly tied back to some of the extra support and new programming Woodland put in place to address potential learning loss during the pandemic. For example, Woodland added 30-minutes of Social and Emotional Learning to the daily school schedule to help address the needs of the whole child. This work included relationship building skills to help with feelings of isolation, and giving students the tools they need to handle big emotions and conflict. Woodland also developed and implemented new Winter Break and Spring Break assistance programs to offer additional academic support to students who needed it, as well as an expanded Summer School program offered free to all students in the Summer of 2021. These program expansions were made possible with support from the Woodland D50 Board of Education, and federal ESSER funding through the CARES Act. Using ESSER Funding, the district was also able to hire additional social workers and paraprofessionals to support student learning and the social emotional needs of our students.
Equity Journey Continuum
New this year on the Illinois Report Card, districts are measured on an Equity Journey Continuum. This is an informational tool for districts to track their progress toward closing gaps in student achievement, opportunities, and supports. In this section, we see verification of the data we track using our own internal assessments. For example, we have expanded our early childhood classes to seven sections because we see that Woodland’s incoming Kindergarten students are starting school with less foundational skills. The data in the report card reflects this, and we will continue to evaluate our pre-K options and consider how we can expand this programming. Spanish speaking families are also invited to participate in the Latino Literacy Project, where parents are coached on how to support literacy at home. The families are given books and materials to work on with their children over the course of several weeks.
The Equity Continuum also points to gaps in the level of diversity in our gifted and talented programs. We recently completed an external audit of our advanced academic programs with a team from Northwestern University and we are reviewing those recommendations to help us diversify the students placed in these courses.
One of the elements in the Equity Continuum that we are pleased to see recognized is the success Woodland has had growing the English language skills of our English Learners. Woodland’s Dual Language program is now in its tenth year and we are seeing a high rate of success of native Spanish speakers being able to exit English Learner services. Woodland received State recognition in March for being one of 47 districts (approximately the top 5%) with significant improvement in helping our English Learners reach proficiency in English.
What’s Next for Woodland
As the Illinois Report Card shows, we are trending in the right direction, but our work is not complete. Analyzing this data, along with other internal assessments, helps inform district leaders on areas of opportunity for growth to return student learning to pre-pandemic levels.
The Illinois School Report Card is only one way to measure student achievement and growth at Woodland, and we will continue to collect and analyze student data through other internal assessments as we look at the whole child. During the 2022-2023 school year we will be embarking on a new strategic planning process, training new parent mentors to support literacy in the classroom, and offering a new Core Academic Support program at Woodland Middle School to provide real-time academic assistance to students throughout the school day. Woodland has also implemented eduClimber, a new assessment warehouse that allows educators access to comprehensive student data in a variety of areas, in one spot. This gives teachers and administrators greater insight and flexibility to quickly make adjustments to curriculum and instruction based on the needs of the student. Finally, Woodland has adopted a new Math curriculum series for grades K-5.