Letter: Kaneland High School test results an embarrassment

By on September 9, 2010

Is this the tipping point on why I should move to better school districts just a few miles east of here? I’ve asked my wife and myself this question several times.

It’s an embarrassment that Kaneland High School test scores resemble those of an inner city school with uninvolved parents, administrators and community leaders. Admit it. That’s what this looks like.

People’s impressions are that this is no longer a high achievement school district just west of Chicago, where students thrive in the nurturing pastoral settings of Kane County. We are now an area that appears to be riddled with uninvolved school leaders and administrators not willing to lead and make compelling decisions.

Where is the administration’s response to these test scores? I expected a more exigent reaction with a detailed, specific plan of action the moment these scores were released to the public. Instead, the next School Board meeting is not until Sept. 13. Then they will think about it, mull it over and get back to us when they get around to it—too late and too lackadaisical.

Maybe I won’t move to Geneva. Maybe I’ll stay and fight. Maybe I’ll run for School Board this spring.

Ted Koch
Sugar Grove

4 Comments

  1. reader

    September 9, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    While I am repeatedly disappointed in the Kaneland School District I continue to believe the District is an accurate reflection of the community. IMO, despite the occasional outcry about quality education, in reality the community is much more interested in winning sports teams. That said, if you are an involved, invested parent, your children can receive an excellent education if you utilize outside resources in addition to Kaneland. If you think you can make a positive difference by running for the Board – go for it. I would suggest that you talk to numerous current and former Board members to make sure you understand what you would be getting into or you will likely just be frustrated if elected.

  2. Petes Hot Dogs

    September 10, 2010 at 11:56 AM

    Ya you are exactly what the School Board needs, another board member with ALL the answers…

  3. secretweapon

    September 10, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    who cares about ‘test scores’. as long as them knights go to state! remember PJ Fleck back in 99! he went to the NFL. didn’t need no education for that!

    GO KNIGHTS!

  4. RM

    September 11, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    I think that you have to focus on how your kids are doing and not on overall test scores. I don’t really care if other kids are doing well – that’s on the school and the parents. I don’t believe the community is primarily interested in winning sports teams. Move to Geneva or St. Charles if you want that but be prepared to have to buy your kid a luxury car to fit in. Those schools have their own problems. Go ahead and run for school board. We need dedicated folks who are willing to bang their heads against a brick wall, stand up to ridicule for never doing enough and make tough decisions. You can expect away but good students require good parents AND good teachers AND a state government that will fulfill its responsibilities to pay its bills.