Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

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Mabel O Donnell Elementary School is a public elementary school serving 378 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 chronic absenteeism, and a majority Hispanic student population from low-socioeconomic backgrounds.

Mabel O Donnell Elementary School's academic performance is a major concern, with only 8.9% of 3rd graders, 24.5% of 4th graders, and 25.6% of 5th graders proficient or better in English Language Arts on the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) test. In mathematics, the proficiency rates are even lower, with just 8.9% of 3rd graders, 6.1% of 4th graders, and 2.6% of 5th graders meeting or exceeding standards. These proficiency rates are significantly below the state and district averages. The school also struggles with high chronic absenteeism, reaching 14.7% in the 2022-2023 school year.

When comparing Mabel O Donnell Elementary School to other nearby schools within the same district, such as Oak Park Elementary, Edna Rollins Elementary, and L.D. Brady Elementary, it becomes clear that the academic performance challenges are not unique to this school. The district as a whole struggles with low proficiency rates in both English Language Arts and mathematics. To address these issues, the school and district should consider implementing targeted interventions, improving attendance, and evaluating the effectiveness of their instructional practices.


Detail:

Public PK, KG-5

 1640 Reckinger Rd
       Aurora, IL  60505-1628


(630) 299-8300

District: Aurora East Unified School District 131

SchoolDigger Rank:
1559th of 2,077 Illinois Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $19,228 Help


Students who attend Mabel O Donnell Elementary School usually attend:

Middle:    C F Simmons Middle School
    Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy
High:    East High School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.9 Help
Number of students:  378

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
71.4%
African American:
16.9%
White:
5.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  71.7% Help


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Compare Details Mabel O Donnell Elementary School ranks worse than 75.1% of elementary schools in Illinois. It also ranks 2nd 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 23.58. (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 (71.4%), African American (16.9%), White (5.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 71.7% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Mabel O Donnell Elementary School is 13.9, which is the 7th best among 12 elementary schools in the Aurora East Unified School District 131. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Mabel O Donnell Elementary School is $19,228, which is the 6th highest among 12 elementary schools in the Aurora East Unified School District 131.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Mabel O Donnell Elementary School:

SchoolDigger ranks Mabel O Donnell Elementary School 1559th of 2077 Illinois public elementary schools. (See Mabel O Donnell 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 Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

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Rank History for all students at Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 45.00 1303rd 2020 35.5%
2004 40.50 1398th 2030 31.1%
2005 35.74 1479th 2022 26.9%
2006 32.59 1632nd 2086 21.8%
2007 32.80 1642nd 2095 21.6%
2008 13.50 1867th 2092 10.8%
2009 16.34 1854th 2120 12.5%
2010 15.50 1888th 2139 11.7%
2011 23.28 1785th 2147 16.9%
2012 30.84 1662nd 2166 23.3%
2013 13.65 1944th 2167 10.3%
2014 13.89 1872nd 2093 10.6%
2015 10.67 1983rd 2052 3.4%
2016 14.11 1851st 2046 9.5%
2017 15.73 1800th 2044 11.9%
2018 24.11 1549th 2037 24.0%
2019 13.20 1926th 2086 7.7%
2021 22.47 1492nd 1948 23.4%
2022 18.56 1717th 2082 17.5%
2023 23.58 1559th 2077 24.9%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 32.65 533rd 718 25.8%
2019 22.99 700th 743 5.8%
2021 41.32 270th 537 49.7%
2022 37.18 493rd 768 35.8%
2023 41.60 420th 788 46.7%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2019 30.27 834th 1194 30.2%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.46 1150th 1765 34.8%
2019 18.56 1668th 1816 8.1%
2021 39.40 868th 1514 42.7%
2022 30.10 1283rd 1763 27.2%
2023 40.36 1042nd 1808 42.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 23.99 1513th 1964 23.0%
2019 13.50 1861st 2019 7.8%
2022 19.10 1626th 1970 17.5%
2023 18.26 1663rd 1957 15.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.32 1465th 1972 25.7%
2019 14.74 1839th 2019 8.9%
2021 20.29 1396th 1707 18.2%
2022 19.70 1609th 1977 18.6%
2023 31.24 1292nd 1984 34.9%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 36.97 581st 938 38.1%
2019 16.13 914th 955 4.3%
2021 30.69 528th 742 28.8%
2022 21.44 845th 954 11.4%
2023 32.45 664th 970 31.5%
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Data source: test scores: Illinois State Board of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Facebook Profile Picture by a parent on FaceBook
Sunday, May 6, 2012

Open Quote We have been very impressed by the teachers our children have had, as well as the principal and vice principal. The office staff and nurse are all great too! I am very glad my kids attend O'Donnell!!! Close Quote


Facebook Profile Picture by a parent on FaceBook
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Open Quote This school is the best elementary in the district. They have a dedicated staff that work with parents to find the best in each student. The district really has their act together in how they help special needs students and those with learning disabilities. O'Donnell is also the home of the district wide elementary school magnet program. They have great after school activities, from tutoring to gym time to junior cheering and other programs. Several volunteer groups are active in the school. Class sizes are large but so far that has not presented a problem for our family. Our son, who is in his third year attending O'Donnell is thriving in the class. The students are not only instructed in the basics but there is an entire program dedicated to developing character. The character counts program helps the kids learn about things like good citizenship, responsibility and kindness. We truly love O'Donnell and I would not hesitate to reccommend it to anyone thinking of moving into our district. Close Quote


by a parent
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Open Quote Could not be happier! My kids are excelling and having fun!! Love the faculty. The morale seems super high. Love the Admin. Must see... come for a visit spend some time with the students in class. Visitors and volunteers always welcome! You'll love it as I do. Close Quote


by a citizen
Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Open Quote O'Donnell School is a great school where teachers make learning a fun experience. The teachers, Principal and staff always treat the students with love & respect.
O'Donnell School is a wonderful school! Close Quote



Enrollment information for Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 220 93 1 122 3 n/a n/a 0 439
1989 213 104 2 152 n/a n/a n/a 0 471
1990 188 89 6 128 n/a n/a n/a 0 411
1991 191 123 7 149 0 n/a n/a 0 470
1992 160 124 9 132 0 n/a n/a 0 425
1993 118 126 6 115 0 n/a n/a 0 365
1994 136 174 4 120 1 n/a n/a 0 435
1995 102 163 8 171 2 n/a n/a 0 446
1996 102 163 8 171 2 n/a n/a 0 446
1997 91 147 11 177 0 n/a n/a 0 426
1998 87 163 7 188 0 n/a n/a 0 445
1999 68 165 12 208 1 n/a n/a 0 454
2000 81 146 12 223 0 n/a n/a 0 462
2001 61 119 11 255 0 n/a n/a 0 446
2002 39 105 9 261 1 n/a n/a 0 415
2003 39 105 9 261 1 n/a n/a 0 415
2004 43 93 12 263 1 n/a n/a 0 412
2005 36 92 13 268 0 n/a n/a 4 413
2006 39 76 17 290 0 n/a n/a 9 431
2007 34 77 15 321 0 n/a n/a 14 461
2008 26 61 7 318 0 n/a n/a 23 435
2009 28 41 5 351 0 n/a n/a 14 439
2010 27 56 5 343 0 n/a n/a 29 460
2011 23 72 6 355 1 0 30 0 487
2012 24 64 9 392 7 0 23 0 519
2013 29 65 16 388 7 1 28 0 534
2014 18 55 5 386 5 2 23 0 494
2015 13 58 6 383 2 4 14 0 480
2016 18 72 10 359 1 3 10 0 473
2017 13 72 8 354 1 2 15 0 465
2018 12 56 8 307 1 0 11 0 395
2019 12 65 9 299 3 3 14 0 405
2020 17 66 10 296 2 2 3 0 396
2021 12 57 10 299 2 2 8 0 390
2022 18 47 12 277 2 1 10 0 367
2023 22 64 9 270 3 0 10 0 378

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 Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 439 24.0 18.2 n/a
1989 471 24.0 19.6 n/a
1990 411 25.4 16.1 n/a
1991 470 24.8 18.9 n/a
1992 425 23.8 17.8 n/a
1993 365 21.5 17.0 n/a
1994 435 22.5 19.3 n/a
1995 446 21.2 21.0 n/a
1996 446 21.2 21.0 n/a
1997 426 21.0 20.3 n/a
1998 445 23.6 18.9 n/a
1999 454 25.6 17.7 n/a
2000 462 25.0 18.5 n/a
2001 446 26.5 16.8 n/a
2002 415 28.0 14.8 55.2
2003 415 28.0 14.8 55.2
2004 412 28.0 14.7 61.2
2005 413 28.9 14.3 61.6
2006 431 26.9 16.0 59.2
2007 461 24.0 19.2 63.1
2008 435 20.0 21.8 65.5
2009 439 26.0 16.9 100.9
2010 460 26.5 17.3 99.5
2011 487 27.0 18.0 66.9
2012 519 28.0 18.5 81.3
2013 534 n/a n/a 85.2
2014 494 26.0 19.0 76.9
2015 480 25.0 19.2 81.7
2016 473 29.0 16.3 68.3
2017 465 31.5 14.7 78.7
2018 395 32.0 12.3 77.2
2019 405 29.0 13.9 75.3
2020 396 32.6 12.1 71.2
2021 390 n/a n/a n/a
2022 367 29.5 12.4 62.9
2023 378 27.1 13.9 71.7

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 Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 439 24.0 18.2 n/a
1989 471 24.0 19.6 n/a
1990 411 25.4 16.1 n/a
1991 470 24.8 18.9 n/a
1992 425 23.8 17.8 n/a
1993 365 21.5 17.0 n/a
1994 435 22.5 19.3 n/a
1995 446 21.2 21.0 n/a
1996 446 21.2 21.0 n/a
1997 426 21.0 20.3 n/a
1998 445 23.6 18.9 n/a
1999 454 25.6 17.7 n/a
2000 462 25.0 18.5 n/a
2001 446 26.5 16.8 n/a
2002 415 28.0 14.8 55.2
2003 415 28.0 14.8 55.2
2004 412 28.0 14.7 61.2
2005 413 28.9 14.3 61.6
2006 431 26.9 16.0 59.2
2007 461 24.0 19.2 63.1
2008 435 20.0 21.8 65.5
2009 439 26.0 16.9 100.9
2010 460 26.5 17.3 99.5
2011 487 27.0 18.0 66.9
2012 519 28.0 18.5 81.3
2013 534 n/a n/a 85.2
2014 494 26.0 19.0 76.9
2015 480 25.0 19.2 81.7
2016 473 29.0 16.3 68.3
2017 465 31.5 14.7 78.7
2018 395 32.0 12.3 77.2
2019 405 29.0 13.9 75.3
2020 396 32.6 12.1 71.2
2021 390 n/a n/a n/a
2022 367 29.5 12.4 62.9
2023 378 27.1 13.9 71.7

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

Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

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YearPolioMeaslesMumpsRubellaHepatitis BVaricellaDTPPneumococcal
201598.4%98.2%98.2%98.2%20.7%98.6%98.2%20.9%
201698.6%98.8%98.8%98.8%15.8%98.8%98.4%16.0%
201798.7%99.4%99.4%99.4%15.6%99.4%99.1%15.6%
201899.5%99.5%99.5%99.5%15.3%99.0%99.0%15.3%
201998.5%98.5%98.5%98.5%16.6%98.0%98.3%16.3%
202193.5%93.0%93.0%93.0%94.5%92.7%93.0%14.6%
202294.7%95.2%95.2%95.2%100.0%95.2%94.4%18.7%
202397.9%98.1%98.1%98.1%99.7%98.1%98.1%22.7%

Data source: Illinois State Board of Education
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $3,024 (20.4%) $11,810 (79.6%) $14,835
2020 $2,693 (18.0%) $12,280 (82.0%) $14,973
2021 $1,274 (8.7%) $13,374 (91.3%) $14,648
2022 $1,274 (8.7%) $13,374 (91.3%) $14,648
2023 $3,059 (15.9%) $16,169 (84.1%) $19,228

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1926th of 2086 Elementary schoolsRanks 1559th of 2077 Elementary schools
 17.3%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts (Mabel O Donnell Elementary School)7.98.9
 1%
   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 (Mabel O Donnell Elementary School)10.98.9
 2%
   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 (Mabel O Donnell Elementary School)20.324.5
 4.2%
   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 (Mabel O Donnell Elementary School)10.96.1
 4.8%
   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 (Mabel O Donnell Elementary School)11.825.6
 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 (Mabel O Donnell Elementary School)22.6
 0.6%
   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 (Mabel O Donnell Elementary School)28.837.5
 8.7%
   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 Students405378
 6.7%
African American6564
 1.5%
American Indian33
Asian99
Hispanic299270
 9.7%
Pacific Islander30
 100%
White1222
 83.3%
Two or More Races1410
 28.6%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients75.3%71.7%
 3.6%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Mabel O Donnell Elementary School

In the 2022-23 school year, 378 students attended Mabel O Donnell Elementary School.

Mabel O Donnell Elementary School ranks in the bottom 24.9% of Illinois elementary schools.

Students at Mabel O Donnell Elementary School are 71% Hispanic, 17% African American, 6% White, 3% Two or more races, 2% Asian.

Students who attend Mabel O Donnell Elementary School usually go on to attend:

Middle : C F Simmons Middle School
Middle : Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy
High : East High School


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