Churchill Loses 12 Students to Failing-Standards Transfers

A dozen students have elected to transfer to Benjamin Franklin Elementary as the Title 1 school Churchill continues to fall short of the demanding NCLB standards.

Churchill Elementary School in Glen Ellyn. (Credit: Patch file photo.)
Churchill Elementary School in Glen Ellyn. (Credit: Patch file photo.)

A dozen students districted to attend Churchill Elementary have elected to transfer Glen Ellyn schools and attend Benjamin Franklin Elementary, after Churchill failed to meet No Child Left Behind Act standards for the fourth consecutive year, the Chicago Tribune reports.

According to the paper, Churchill is the only Glen Ellyn School District 41 school that receives Title 1 funding (about $180,000 a year), meaning that under NCLB, the must offer a choice of transfers to other schools in the District if Churchill does not meet NCLB test-score standards for two consecutive years.

"We feel Churchill is a great school and we're sorry to see students leave Churchill," District 41 director of communications and grants Julie Worthen told the paper, noting that the NCLB standards are strict and only going to get stricter next year as the benchmark becomes 100 percent proficiency. 

"With the bar being quite high, there probably won't be too many schools that make it… It's difficult to be in a system where it's not realistic to make the measures. It feels a little artificial."

Seventeen students transferred from Churchill in 2012 and 18 in 2011, the paper said. 

Read the full story at the Chicago Tribune website.

Dr Silicon September 06, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Maybe they need to start transferring teachers to the unemployment line.
Johner September 07, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Maybe the NEW 'super' will actually get involved with what is going on in the district.
Nancy Murphy September 09, 2013 at 10:16 AM
The only reason I transferred my two boys is bec my daughter attends the MIP program, which happens to be at BF (they get a TON of state money for this too, this school that is already doing well...), because when I had my son at Churchill and my daughter was attending MIP at BF, it was impossible for me to be in two places at the same time... and that great principal at Churchill (Scott Klespitz) was SO kind, he even walked my son home a few times when I had to be at the bus stop waiting for the mystery time (it always changed) when my daughter would be home. Churchill is a great school, and this is a sore misrepresentation of the school - it takes in a huge diversity of students and has to have translators for at least six diff countries that i know of... and that makes it hard at the ridiculous Standard Testing time that is the mis-measure of how well students are doing at that school. When you have to take into account all those for whom Eng is a 2nd language, taking their test scores into account which will bring about "lower" test scores for these silly tests (i don't know any parents who think these multiple choice tests are an actual representation of how well our students are doing, or our fine teachers either), it is an unfair measure of success. Can we please be honest about the NCLB federal rules pushed on our schools that dangle $ by test scores, instead of furnishing schools with the funds that we all put into the system FOR education? Do we not truly value education as the future of our country? Or do we all want to continue this farce? Not everything about NCLB is bad, but the way we measure success via standardized testing and changing the Core Curriculum every year is no way to do so. Churchill is a great school doing great things to ready our children for life and i love and miss the diversity of that school. Thanks for the forum! Have a great day!


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