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Illinois Report Card information for Sterling

November 3, 2019

Dear Sterling Community,


The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released our annual School Report Card on Oct. 30 at The Report Card shows how well our school is progressing on a wide range of educational goals. We are proud of our students’ growth in ELA and Math but will continue to focus on increasing the rigor of our instruction to make academic improvements.


This progress reflects the investments we have made in putting additional social emotional support staff in place to provide student supports, as well as, focusing on implementing technology into our daily instructional lessons.


Our teachers, administrators, and staff, in partnership with you, are continuing to focus on implementing an improved partnership between home and school to improve our students’ academic success, as well as, implementing more engaging and cooperative group lessons in the classroom. According to our 2019 5 Essential data, Sterling has improved the culture and climate by providing a more supportive environment for our students. Our teachers and parents have also been working together to improve the teacher-teacher, teacher-student and teacher-parent trust. We are moving in the right direction of making productive impacts in our school’s data by joining forces with all of our stakeholders and being committed to helping improve Sterling, through ambitious instruction in the classrooms, involving our families, and providing a supportive environment.


One component of the School Report Card is the summative designation – a descriptor of how well our school is meeting the needs of all students. This designation is based on eight indicators of academic success and school quality. Our designation of Underperforming means we have one or more student demographic groups performing at or below the level of the “all students” group in the lowest five percent of all schools. Schools that receive an “Underperforming School” designation will receive “targeted” support.


We welcome this opportunity to dive into our data and talk about additional improvements and investments we can make to support every student in reaching their goals. Our school is strongest when we all work together, so we encourage you to give us your feedback. I invite you to complete the 5 Essential Survey and join us at an upcoming PTO meeting or a Board Meeting to share your vision for Sterling Middle School’s future.


We at Sterling Middle School hold high expectations for all students and believe every student can meet our expectations with the right supports. Thank you for your continued partnership to ensure every child at Sterling is thriving.


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by contacting Lynn M. Lane, Principal at Sterling Middle School at 309-672-6557 or Go Jaguars!



Lynn M. Lane