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Dec 17

Education is the Proven Key to Success

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 11:01 AM by Mayor Kaptain

Sometimes we are our own worst critic. People in the community often claim that education in Elgin is not as good as it should be. But while we recognize there is room for improvement,  we also need to celebrate our successes. Recently, our community was honored by U.S. News and World Report, who rated U-46 Elgin High School as one of the top 10% of high schools in the nation.  We are very proud of our students, parents, teachers and administrators who all contributed to this prestigious recognition.

U.S. News and World Report used a 3-step process to determine its list of best high schools including: 1) Looking at reading and math scores on high school’s proficiency tests to see if students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state; 2) looking at whether the school’s least-advantaged students (African American, Hispanic and Low-Income) were performing better than the average for similar students in the state; 3) Looking at college-readiness performance using Advanced Placement test data.

Over the last several months, I have been working with local school officials from U-46, District 301, ECC and others to talk about ways we can help assure that all children in Elgin receive an excellent education. We all celebrate this recognition of Elgin High as a confirmation that we are well on our way to achieving our goal.

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