Huntley High Fails Federal and State Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) Goals

Official web site posting of the numbers in the Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) report should be made this month.

The numbers, however, have been made pubic in the Huntley School District 158 Board Packet. (Go to the electronic page 106.)

If the numbers at the top of the report are any indication, Huntley High failed overall in reading and math.

It failed in subgroups as well.

Hispanics and children with disabilities fell far below expectations:

  • Hispanics were 53.8% for reading and 48.1% for math.  
  • Those with disabilities were 40.4% and 31.9%, respectively.

Here’s what the report says about the percentage of all students meeting reading and math expectations:

You probably don’t have to click to enlarge this image to be able to see the score to meet the standards was 70% and that Huntley High School students scored an average of 68.5% on reading and 65.9% on math.  (No, I can’t explain why a reading score of 68.5% is listed as meeting AYP standards which are clearly listed directly above as 70%.)

But, in the summary below, which appears above the numbers you see above, there is a different story:

The result was a “No” and a “No” on whether the school met the Annual Yearly Progress goals.

In his fourth year of his superintendency, John Burkey is expecting to get rewarded with a long extension of his four-year contact or a new contract.

Should there be a correlation between meeting educational goals and a superintendent’s contract?

At one point the school board voted to explore performance evaluation for teachers.  There was even an attempt to form a committee, but the union wouldn’t let teachers participate.

My guess is the high school and school district that Burkey came from, Dunlop, which is suburban district outside of Peoria, met AYP for last year. Those results will be posted later in the month.

Whatever transfer of educational know-how from Dunlop to Huntley that was expected looks like it didn’t take.

The good news is that it looks like there will be no shortage of students attending private learning centers to catch up and get help. This should help stimulate the local economy.

Interesting enough, the report was made with no recommendation by the administration.

It will be interesting to see if board member Aileen Seedorf presses for one on this the way she did on whether the district should conduct a community survey about the future of Huntley High School.

The board’s applause for Freshman Academy (now in its third), which has a nice marketing ring to it, hasn’t produced the 11th grade results that are needed to make Annual Yearly Progress.


Huntley High Fails Federal and State Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) Goals — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Cal, 68.5% meets the 70% standard because the state allows for a 95% confidence level. After the confidence level calculation, 68.5% is close enough to 70% for the school to meet the standard; while 65.9 is not quite enough to meet the standards. — A complete explanation of the confidence levels can be found (on pages 14 and 15)at

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