Two Illinois Districts Must Offer Attendance Choice

Monday, September 17, 2012

Two more local schools are giving their students the option of attending other schools this fall.

Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School in Elburn and Rotolo Middle School in Batavia must offer the so-called “school choice” because of the results of standardized tests students took in the spring. School choice is required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which sets passing standards for schools and for subgroups of student types in those schools.

Kaneland District 302 is dealing with the requirement for the first time. Kaneland John Stewart Elementary School is offering a choice after it failed to make adequate yearly progress because one of the school's subgroups — the economically disadvantaged — didn't have enough students score well in reading. Only 75.5 percent made the grade.

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