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Academic Proficiency & Growth Suggest Recovery Toward Pre-Pandemic Performance

All 21 of Naperville 203’s K-12 schools have been deemed “Exemplary” or “Commendable” by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), with new data showing students' academic growth is rebounding and on track to full recovery following the learning loss associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The summative designations were shared as part of ISBE release of the 2021-2022 Illinois School Report Cards. Twelve schools received the “Exemplary” designation, while nine were designated as “Commendable.” The Ann Reid Early Childhood Center and the Connections Transition Program are not part of the designation process.

“I am so proud to see the hard work of our outstanding Naperville 203 staff members continues to result in high levels of growth and achievement for our students,” Superintendent Dan Bridges said. “While we will continue to work to improve, receiving designation levels of “Exemplary” and “Commendable” in all of our schools proves that our team’s hard work is truly making a difference in the lives of our students.”

ISBE’s summative designations measure progress in academic, school quality, and student success. “Exemplary” schools perform in the top 10 percent of schools statewide with no underperforming student groups; while “Commendable” schools have no underperforming student groups and a graduation rate greater than 67 percent, with a performance that is not in the top 10 percent of schools statewide.

Naperville 203’s School Report Card includes information on the district’s academic performance, school environment, educators and students. Highlights of this year’s data include:

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) Results (Grades 3-8)

  • 67% of students met or exceeded English Language Arts/Literacy standards and 60% of students met or exceeded Mathematics standards as assessed by the IAR

  • Student growth percentiles in ELA/Literacy and Mathematics exceeded state averages

Illinois Science Assessment (5th, 8th, & 11th Grades)

  • 83% of students met or exceeded standards on the Illinois Science Assessment

SAT (Eleventh Grade)

  • Overall 63% of students met or exceeded expectations in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics standards, compared to the state average of 31%
  • Typical student performance corresponds to the 73rd national percentile rank

Graduation/On Track

  • Naperville 203 high schools have a 97% high school graduation rate, compared to the state average of 87%

  • The percentage of ninth-grade students on track exceeds 97%


Please use the following link to view Naperville 203’s Report Card, where you will find more information on academic progress, the district’s equity journey continuum, demographics, and more.