C M Bardwell Elementary School

Summary:

C M Bardwell Elementary School is a public elementary school serving 710 students in grades PK-5 in Aurora, Illinois, which is part of the Aurora East Unified School District 131. The school faces significant challenges, with consistently low academic performance, high rates of chronic absenteeism, and a student population that is predominantly Hispanic and economically disadvantaged.

Compared to nearby schools, C M Bardwell has a much higher percentage of Hispanic students (92.25%) and a significantly higher rate of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch (75.35%), indicating a high level of economic disadvantage. The school's academic performance is also consistently in the bottom 10-15% of Illinois elementary schools, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics that are significantly lower than district and state averages. For example, in the 2022-2023 school year, only 1.9% of 3rd graders, 8.1% of 4th graders, and 13.9% of 5th graders were proficient or better in ELA, compared to district averages of 8%, 13%, and 15.2%, respectively.

The school's high chronic absenteeism rate, ranging from 5.4% to 23.3% over the past few years, is also a significant concern, as it is likely contributing to the school's low academic performance. While the nearby schools in the same district also struggle academically, C M Bardwell consistently performs worse, indicating that there may be unique challenges or factors at play within this specific school. Despite these challenges, the data suggests that there may be opportunities for improvement, particularly in addressing the specific needs of the school's student population and addressing the factors contributing to chronic absenteeism and low academic achievement.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 550 S Lincoln Ave
       Aurora, IL  60505-4669


(630) 299-5300

District: Aurora East Unified School District 131

SchoolDigger Rank:
1898th of 2,077 Illinois Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $16,377 Help


Students who attend C M Bardwell Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy
    K D Waldo Middle School
High:    East High School

Student/teacher ratio:  17.9 Help
Number of students:  710

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
92.3%
African American:
2.8%
White:
2.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  75.4% Help


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Compare Details C M Bardwell Elementary School ranks worse than 91.4% of elementary schools in Illinois. It also ranks 9th among 12 ranked elementary schools in the Aurora East Unified School District 131. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 14.3. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: Hispanic (92.3%), African American (2.8%), White (2.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 75.4% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at C M Bardwell Elementary School is 17.9. 13 elementary schools in the Aurora East Unified School District 131 have better student/teacher ratios. (See more...)
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Compare C M Bardwell Elementary School employs 39.5 full-time teachers.
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at C M Bardwell Elementary School is $16,377. 12 elementary schools in the Aurora East Unified School District 131 spend more per student.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

C M Bardwell Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks C M Bardwell Elementary School 1898th of 2077 Illinois public elementary schools. (See C M Bardwell Elementary School in the ranking list.)

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Aurora East Unified School District 131:

SchoolDigger ranks Aurora East Unified School District 131 784th of 823 Illinois school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for C M Bardwell Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at C M Bardwell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 36.27 1452nd 2020 28.1%
2004 47.83 1250th 2030 38.4%
2005 49.11 1247th 2022 38.3%
2006 47.50 1344th 2086 35.6%
2007 44.14 1421st 2095 32.2%
2008 21.15 1756th 2092 16.1%
2009 12.56 1916th 2120 9.6%
2010 8.65 1995th 2139 6.7%
2011 8.39 2022nd 2147 5.8%
2012 11.02 2014th 2166 7.0%
2013 9.76 2027th 2167 6.5%
2014 9.11 1977th 2093 5.5%
2015 16.72 1796th 2052 12.5%
2016 18.90 1722nd 2046 15.8%
2017 17.60 1753rd 2044 14.2%
2018 17.26 1750th 2037 14.1%
2019 17.84 1795th 2086 14.0%
2021 21.61 1522nd 1948 21.9%
2022 20.00 1664th 2082 20.1%
2023 14.30 1898th 2077 8.6%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at C M Bardwell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 37.22 464th 718 35.4%
2019 33.40 555th 743 25.3%
2021 34.89 373rd 537 30.5%
2022 39.73 442nd 768 42.4%
2023 27.81 679th 788 13.8%
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Rank History for Special Education students at C M Bardwell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.24 728th 763 4.6%
2019 22.82 1048th 1194 12.2%
2022 24.16 955th 1113 14.2%
2023 21.62 1020th 1156 11.8%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at C M Bardwell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 25.56 1430th 1765 19.0%
2019 30.80 1347th 1816 25.8%
2021 37.86 908th 1514 40.0%
2022 30.74 1266th 1763 28.2%
2023 20.42 1619th 1808 10.5%
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Rank History for Female students at C M Bardwell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 16.06 1732nd 1964 11.8%
2019 19.15 1714th 2019 15.1%
2021 21.38 1352nd 1680 19.5%
2022 25.07 1455th 1970 26.1%
2023 15.29 1782nd 1957 8.9%
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Rank History for Disabled students at C M Bardwell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 21.73 818th 907 9.8%
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Rank History for Male students at C M Bardwell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 20.16 1632nd 1972 17.2%
2019 17.95 1733rd 2019 14.2%
2021 22.40 1340th 1707 21.5%
2022 16.28 1754th 1977 11.3%
2023 14.86 1800th 1984 9.3%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at C M Bardwell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.82 794th 938 15.4%
2019 24.26 812th 955 15.0%
2021 31.06 521st 742 29.8%
2022 26.35 762nd 954 20.1%
2023 19.66 892nd 970 8.0%
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Data source: test scores: Illinois State Board of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for C M Bardwell Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 357 92 8 402 1 n/a n/a 0 860
1989 301 97 12 397 1 n/a n/a 0 808
1990 298 106 3 430 3 n/a n/a 0 840
1991 285 115 6 438 1 n/a n/a 0 845
1992 299 118 6 431 5 n/a n/a 0 859
1993 236 94 4 389 5 n/a n/a 0 728
1994 230 108 2 414 5 n/a n/a 0 759
1995 198 116 5 512 3 n/a n/a 0 834
1996 198 116 5 512 3 n/a n/a 0 834
1997 179 104 9 544 3 n/a n/a 0 839
1998 151 119 9 603 6 n/a n/a 0 888
1999 123 114 6 689 3 n/a n/a 0 935
2000 110 107 5 791 1 n/a n/a 0 1014
2001 119 97 4 879 0 n/a n/a 0 1099
2002 78 56 3 784 3 n/a n/a 0 924
2003 78 56 3 784 3 n/a n/a 0 924
2004 87 76 5 819 0 n/a n/a 0 987
2005 74 50 4 791 1 n/a n/a 4 924
2006 77 51 3 865 1 n/a n/a 14 1011
2007 52 38 3 891 0 n/a n/a 20 1004
2008 46 60 3 890 2 n/a n/a 31 1032
2009 49 77 0 924 3 n/a n/a 31 1084
2010 40 65 1 933 2 n/a n/a 36 1077
2011 26 60 1 874 1 0 31 0 993
2012 35 60 0 864 8 0 8 0 975
2013 28 53 0 816 5 0 5 0 907
2014 17 54 1 790 4 0 5 0 871
2015 17 48 3 750 5 0 7 0 830
2016 17 40 1 784 2 0 8 0 852
2017 16 46 1 772 2 0 9 0 846
2018 15 32 1 765 2 0 6 0 821
2019 9 32 3 733 1 1 7 0 786
2020 6 30 1 667 0 1 7 0 712
2021 10 27 1 679 3 2 8 0 730
2022 14 25 0 649 4 3 7 0 702
2023 17 20 1 655 3 2 12 0 710

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at C M Bardwell Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 860 38.3 22.4 n/a
1989 808 40.5 19.9 n/a
1990 840 39.5 21.2 n/a
1991 845 42.0 20.1 n/a
1992 859 43.5 19.7 n/a
1993 728 40.5 18.0 n/a
1994 759 39.0 19.5 n/a
1995 834 39.0 21.4 n/a
1996 834 39.0 21.4 n/a
1997 839 40.5 20.7 n/a
1998 888 44.1 20.1 n/a
1999 935 47.0 19.9 n/a
2000 1014 47.3 21.4 n/a
2001 1099 53.3 20.6 n/a
2002 924 47.4 19.5 69.9
2003 924 47.4 19.5 69.9
2004 987 50.5 19.5 70.5
2005 924 61.5 15.0 75.7
2006 1011 57.2 17.7 70.7
2007 1004 56.0 17.9 66.8
2008 1032 44.0 23.5 70
2009 1084 43.6 24.9 74.7
2010 1077 47.5 22.6 89
2011 993 45.0 22.0 88.3
2012 975 44.5 21.8 90.5
2013 907 n/a n/a 94.7
2014 871 50.0 17.4 82.7
2015 830 47.0 17.6 89.5
2016 852 47.0 18.1 74.4
2017 846 47.5 17.7 84.2
2018 821 46.5 17.6 82.2
2019 786 44.5 17.6 79.6
2020 712 41.3 17.2 77.5
2021 730 n/a n/a n/a
2022 702 36.9 18.9 73.9
2023 710 39.5 17.9 75.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio C M Bardwell Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 860 38.3 22.4 n/a
1989 808 40.5 19.9 n/a
1990 840 39.5 21.2 n/a
1991 845 42.0 20.1 n/a
1992 859 43.5 19.7 n/a
1993 728 40.5 18.0 n/a
1994 759 39.0 19.5 n/a
1995 834 39.0 21.4 n/a
1996 834 39.0 21.4 n/a
1997 839 40.5 20.7 n/a
1998 888 44.1 20.1 n/a
1999 935 47.0 19.9 n/a
2000 1014 47.3 21.4 n/a
2001 1099 53.3 20.6 n/a
2002 924 47.4 19.5 69.9
2003 924 47.4 19.5 69.9
2004 987 50.5 19.5 70.5
2005 924 61.5 15.0 75.7
2006 1011 57.2 17.7 70.7
2007 1004 56.0 17.9 66.8
2008 1032 44.0 23.5 70
2009 1084 43.6 24.9 74.7
2010 1077 47.5 22.6 89
2011 993 45.0 22.0 88.3
2012 975 44.5 21.8 90.5
2013 907 n/a n/a 94.7
2014 871 50.0 17.4 82.7
2015 830 47.0 17.6 89.5
2016 852 47.0 18.1 74.4
2017 846 47.5 17.7 84.2
2018 821 46.5 17.6 82.2
2019 786 44.5 17.6 79.6
2020 712 41.3 17.2 77.5
2021 730 n/a n/a n/a
2022 702 36.9 18.9 73.9
2023 710 39.5 17.9 75.4

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Immunization Rates

C M Bardwell Elementary School

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YearPolioMeaslesMumpsRubellaVaricellaDTPHepatitis B
201596.8%96.6%96.6%96.6%96.4%96.6%
201694.9%94.9%94.9%94.9%94.9%94.9%
201799.3%99.5%99.5%99.5%99.5%99.5%
201899.4%99.1%99.1%99.1%98.9%99.0%
201999.1%99.1%99.1%99.1%98.6%99.1%
202195.9%96.2%96.2%96.2%96.2%95.7%100.0%
202296.8%97.0%97.0%97.0%97.1%96.8%100.0%
202396.5%96.8%96.8%96.8%95.3%96.5%100.0%

Data source: Illinois State Board of Education
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Per Pupil Expenditures for C M Bardwell Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,728 (15.0%) $9,806 (85.0%) $11,534
2020 $1,515 (12.1%) $11,017 (87.9%) $12,532
2021 $1,403 (11.4%) $10,885 (88.6%) $12,288
2022 $1,403 (11.4%) $10,885 (88.6%) $12,288
2023 $3,101 (18.9%) $13,276 (81.1%) $16,377

Data source: Illinois Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on C M Bardwell Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1795th of 2086 Elementary schoolsRanks 1898th of 2077 Elementary schools
 5.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (C M Bardwell Elementary School)5.61.9
 3.7%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Aurora East Unified School District 131)13.58
 5.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)36.428.8
 7.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (C M Bardwell Elementary School)5.61
 4.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Aurora East Unified School District 131)17.19.3
 7.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Illinois)40.633
 7.6%
4th Grade English Language Arts (C M Bardwell Elementary School)21.58.1
 13.4%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Aurora East Unified School District 131)21.213
 8.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)36.735.4
 1.3%
4th Grade Mathematics (C M Bardwell Elementary School)12.46.3
 6.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Aurora East Unified School District 131)14.55.3
 9.2%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)33.527.7
 5.8%
5th Grade English Language Arts (C M Bardwell Elementary School)27.713.9
 13.8%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Aurora East Unified School District 131)22.415.2
 7.2%
   5th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)37.935.2
 2.7%
5th Grade Mathematics (C M Bardwell Elementary School)9.78.4
 1.3%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Aurora East Unified School District 131)12.48.3
 4.1%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)29.825.6
 4.2%
5th Grade Science (C M Bardwell Elementary School)31.823
 8.8%
   5th Grade Science (Aurora East Unified School District 131)35.737.5
 1.8%
   5th Grade Science (Illinois)54.452.4
 2%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students786710
 9.7%
African American3220
 37.5%
American Indian13
 200%
Asian31
 66.7%
Hispanic733655
 10.6%
Pacific Islander12
 100%
White917
 88.9%
Two or More Races712
 71.4%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients79.6%75.4%
 4.3%


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Frequently Asked Questions about C M Bardwell Elementary School

Students at C M Bardwell Elementary School are 92% Hispanic, 3% African American, 2% White, 2% Two or more races.

C M Bardwell Elementary School ranks in the bottom 8.6% of Illinois elementary schools.

Students who attend C M Bardwell Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy
Middle : K D Waldo Middle School
High : East High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 710 students attended C M Bardwell Elementary School.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education.

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