Everett F Kerr Middle School

Summary:

Everett F Kerr Middle School is a public middle school located in Blue Island, Illinois, serving grades 6-8 with a student population of 308. The school is part of the Cook County School District 130, which is ranked 717 out of 823 districts in Illinois and has a 1-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Everett F Kerr Middle School faces significant challenges compared to nearby schools. The school has a much higher Hispanic student population (76.62%) than nearby schools, which range from 21.29% to 64.32% Hispanic students. Academically, Everett F Kerr consistently ranks in the bottom quarter of Illinois middle schools, with only 13.6% to 30.7% of students meeting or exceeding standards in English Language Arts and 8.7% to 12% in Mathematics. The school has also experienced a sharp increase in chronic absenteeism, rising from 6.4% in 2019-2020 to 32.2% in 2022-2023, notably higher than the 11% to 40% range at nearby schools. Additionally, 88.96% of Everett F Kerr's students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch, indicating a high level of economic disadvantage.

While Everett F Kerr Middle School spends significantly more per student ($20,311 in 2022-2023) compared to the nearby Nathan Hale Middle School ($13,840) and Veterans Memorial Middle School ($24,658), this higher spending does not appear to be translating into improved academic outcomes. The school's consistently low rankings, subpar test scores, and high chronic absenteeism rates indicate the need for a comprehensive review of the school's strategies and resources to address these issues and improve outcomes for its students.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 12915 Maple Ave
       Blue Island, IL  60406-2014


(708) 385-5959

District: Cook County School District 130

SchoolDigger Rank:
891st of 1,367 Illinois Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $20,311 Help


Students who attend Everett F Kerr Middle School usually attend:

High:    A B Shepard High School (Campus)

Feeder schools for Everett F Kerr Middle School:

Elementary:    Lincoln Elementary School
    Whittier Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  9.5 Help
Number of students:  308

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
76.6%
African American:
15.6%
White:
7.1%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  89% Help


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Compare Details Everett F Kerr Middle School ranks worse than 65.2% of middle schools in Illinois. It also ranks first among 3 ranked middle schools in the Cook County School District 130! (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 31.93. (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 (76.6%), African American (15.6%), White (7.1%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 89% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Everett F Kerr Middle School is 9.5, which is the 2nd best among 3 middle schools in the Cook County School District 130. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Everett F Kerr Middle School is $20,311, which is the 2nd highest among 3 middle schools in the Cook County School District 130.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Everett F Kerr Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Everett F Kerr Middle School 891st of 1367 Illinois public middle schools. (See Everett F Kerr Middle School in the ranking list.)

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Cook County School District 130:

SchoolDigger ranks Cook County School District 130 717th of 823 Illinois school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Everett F Kerr Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Everett F Kerr Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2003 46.16 723rd 1185 39.0%
2004 29.41 898th 1204 25.4%
2005 38.53 820th 1209 32.2%
2006 43.82 836th 1272 34.3%
2007 41.34 873rd 1287 32.2%
2008 31.98 973rd 1293 24.7%
2009 26.54 1038th 1318 21.2%
2010 44.01 871st 1327 34.4%
2011 46.31 821st 1344 38.9%
2012 41.18 922nd 1365 32.5%
2013 24.57 1089th 1367 20.3%
2014 17.58 1139th 1322 13.8%
2015 21.31 1053rd 1302 19.1%
2016 18.08 1129th 1294 12.8%
2017 19.11 1073rd 1293 17.0%
2018 27.91 936th 1293 27.6%
2019 39.17 777th 1356 42.7%
2022 28.39 941st 1369 31.3%
2023 31.93 891st 1367 34.8%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Everett F Kerr Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 38.41 176th 285 38.2%
2019 47.35 129th 339 61.9%
2022 45.99 184th 454 59.5%
2023 42.84 230th 480 52.1%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Everett F Kerr Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.03 308th 602 48.8%
2019 24.69 700th 792 11.6%
2022 34.39 492nd 781 37.0%
2023 24.04 667th 805 17.1%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Everett F Kerr Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.44 703rd 1161 39.4%
2019 53.04 500th 1217 58.9%
2022 40.75 660th 1221 45.9%
2023 45.62 612th 1234 50.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Everett F Kerr Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 26.30 917th 1226 25.2%
2019 42.31 706th 1276 44.7%
2022 24.26 973rd 1286 24.3%
2023 27.22 911th 1275 28.5%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Everett F Kerr Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 38.07 375th 674 44.4%
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Rank History for Male students at Everett F Kerr Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 30.30 830th 1223 32.1%
2019 37.58 763rd 1296 41.1%
2022 33.85 799th 1286 37.9%
2023 35.25 794th 1292 38.5%
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Rank History for African American students at Everett F Kerr Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 39.07 294th 511 42.5%
2019 74.04 86th 565 84.8%
2022 39.03 303rd 573 47.1%
2023 32.45 387th 569 32.0%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Everett F Kerr Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools IL State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.30 400th 590 32.2%
2019 45.30 321st 639 49.8%
2022 37.42 402nd 662 39.3%
2023 41.75 353rd 661 46.6%
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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.

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Enrollment information for Everett F Kerr Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 260 63 2 201 n/a n/a n/a 0 526
1989 280 79 n/a 217 n/a n/a n/a 0 576
1990 278 62 1 233 n/a n/a n/a 0 574
1991 291 64 1 249 0 n/a n/a 0 605
1992 282 85 0 284 0 n/a n/a 0 651
1993 270 69 0 309 0 n/a n/a 0 648
1994 258 55 0 297 0 n/a n/a 0 610
1995 160 40 0 205 0 n/a n/a 0 405
1996 160 40 0 205 0 n/a n/a 0 405
1997 147 54 5 239 0 n/a n/a 0 445
1998 139 76 1 244 1 n/a n/a 0 461
1999 128 82 0 254 0 n/a n/a 0 464
2000 119 75 0 271 0 n/a n/a 0 465
2001 98 69 1 268 0 n/a n/a 0 436
2002 64 38 0 248 0 n/a n/a 0 350
2003 64 38 0 248 0 n/a n/a 0 350
2004 53 56 1 260 0 n/a n/a 0 370
2005 56 50 0 274 0 n/a n/a 0 380
2006 63 54 0 283 0 n/a n/a 2 402
2007 52 63 0 319 0 n/a n/a 3 437
2008 39 64 0 314 0 n/a n/a 3 420
2009 39 53 0 276 0 n/a n/a 8 376
2010 30 55 0 285 0 n/a n/a 11 381
2011 25 58 0 301 1 0 4 0 389
2012 25 56 0 315 1 0 3 0 400
2013 24 57 0 309 3 0 2 0 395
2014 23 52 0 307 2 0 2 0 386
2015 25 65 0 295 2 0 2 0 389
2016 20 61 0 287 0 0 2 0 370
2017 14 63 0 266 0 1 2 0 346
2018 15 56 0 269 1 0 2 0 343
2019 15 51 0 242 0 0 3 0 311
2020 22 62 0 273 0 0 4 0 361
2021 20 59 0 235 0 1 5 0 320
2022 21 55 0 240 0 0 4 0 320
2023 22 48 0 236 0 0 2 0 308

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 Everett F Kerr Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 526 36.1 14.5 n/a
1989 576 36.0 16.0 n/a
1990 574 38.0 15.1 n/a
1991 605 39.0 15.5 n/a
1992 651 40.7 15.9 n/a
1993 648 40.0 16.2 n/a
1994 610 38.0 16.1 n/a
1995 405 27.0 15.0 n/a
1996 405 27.0 15.0 n/a
1997 445 29.0 15.3 n/a
1998 461 29.6 15.6 n/a
1999 464 29.6 15.7 n/a
2000 465 32.0 14.5 n/a
2001 436 34.0 12.8 n/a
2002 350 30.0 11.7 80.3
2003 350 30.0 11.7 80.3
2004 370 29.0 12.8 84.1
2005 380 27.0 14.1 86.6
2006 402 27.0 14.9 84
2007 437 25.0 17.5 88.2
2008 420 26.0 16.2 87.5
2009 376 33.0 11.4 90.5
2010 381 33.0 11.5 95.4
2011 389 32.2 12.0 93.3
2012 400 34.0 11.7 85.3
2013 395 39.7 9.9 89.9
2014 386 n/a n/a 95.6
2015 389 33.0 11.7 96.4
2016 370 33.0 11.2 94.9
2017 346 33.6 10.2 87.6
2018 343 31.9 10.7 92.7
2019 311 32.0 9.7 88.4
2020 361 33.0 10.9 89.2
2021 320 n/a n/a n/a
2022 320 35.0 9.1 91.9
2023 308 32.2 9.5 89

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 Everett F Kerr Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 526 36.1 14.5 n/a
1989 576 36.0 16.0 n/a
1990 574 38.0 15.1 n/a
1991 605 39.0 15.5 n/a
1992 651 40.7 15.9 n/a
1993 648 40.0 16.2 n/a
1994 610 38.0 16.1 n/a
1995 405 27.0 15.0 n/a
1996 405 27.0 15.0 n/a
1997 445 29.0 15.3 n/a
1998 461 29.6 15.6 n/a
1999 464 29.6 15.7 n/a
2000 465 32.0 14.5 n/a
2001 436 34.0 12.8 n/a
2002 350 30.0 11.7 80.3
2003 350 30.0 11.7 80.3
2004 370 29.0 12.8 84.1
2005 380 27.0 14.1 86.6
2006 402 27.0 14.9 84
2007 437 25.0 17.5 88.2
2008 420 26.0 16.2 87.5
2009 376 33.0 11.4 90.5
2010 381 33.0 11.5 95.4
2011 389 32.2 12.0 93.3
2012 400 34.0 11.7 85.3
2013 395 39.7 9.9 89.9
2014 386 n/a n/a 95.6
2015 389 33.0 11.7 96.4
2016 370 33.0 11.2 94.9
2017 346 33.6 10.2 87.6
2018 343 31.9 10.7 92.7
2019 311 32.0 9.7 88.4
2020 361 33.0 10.9 89.2
2021 320 n/a n/a n/a
2022 320 35.0 9.1 91.9
2023 308 32.2 9.5 89

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

Everett F Kerr Middle School

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YearPolioMeaslesMumpsRubellaHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMeningococcal
201599.2%98.7%98.7%98.7%99.0%99.0%99.2%
201698.1%98.4%98.4%98.4%98.1%96.8%28.1%
201799.4%99.1%99.1%99.1%99.1%98.9%99.1%59.1%
201898.6%99.7%99.7%99.7%98.8%99.4%99.4%97.7%
201999.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%94.9%
202199.7%100.0%100.0%100.0%100.0%99.7%100.0%94.9%
202299.1%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.4%99.1%99.7%96.6%
202399.0%99.7%99.7%99.7%99.4%99.4%100.0%91.6%

Data source: Illinois State Board of Education
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Everett F Kerr Middle School

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YearExpenditures from Federal FundsExpenditures from State and Local FundsTotal Expenditures Per Pupil (All Funds)
2019 $1,056 (6.1%) $16,249 (93.9%) $17,305
2020 $1,097 (6.9%) $14,703 (93.1%) $15,800
2021 $1,258 (7.8%) $14,957 (92.2%) $16,215
2022 $1,258 (7.8%) $14,957 (92.2%) $16,215
2023 $3,281 (16.2%) $17,030 (83.8%) $20,311

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Everett F Kerr Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 777th of 1356 Middle schoolsRanks 891st of 1367 Middle schools
 7.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Everett F Kerr Middle School)28.213.6
 14.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Cook County School District 130)25.914.8
 11.1%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)3534.2
 0.8%
6th Grade Mathematics (Everett F Kerr Middle School)6.88.7
 1.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Cook County School District 130)8.76.2
 2.5%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)25.323.4
 1.9%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Everett F Kerr Middle School)43.330.7
 12.6%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Cook County School District 130)33.924.1
 9.8%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)41.237.9
 3.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (Everett F Kerr Middle School)8.211.9
 3.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Cook County School District 130)9.210.1
 0.9%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)29.926.9
 3%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Everett F Kerr Middle School)36.526.1
 10.4%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Cook County School District 130)30.523.9
 6.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Illinois)39.640.5
 0.9%
8th Grade Mathematics (Everett F Kerr Middle School)17.712
 5.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Cook County School District 130)12.812.1
 0.7%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Illinois)32.625.7
 6.9%
8th Grade Science (Everett F Kerr Middle School)50.546.9
 3.6%
   8th Grade Science (Cook County School District 130)42.841.4
 1.4%
   8th Grade Science (Illinois)5552
 3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students311308
 1%
African American5148
 5.9%
American Indian00
Asian00
Hispanic242236
 2.5%
Pacific Islander00
White1522
 46.7%
Two or More Races32
 33.3%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients88.4%89%
 0.5%


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Everett F Kerr Middle School ranks 891st of 1367 Illinois middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 2 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Everett F Kerr Middle School usually go on to attend A B Shepard High School (Campus)

In the 2022-23 school year, 308 students attended Everett F Kerr Middle School.

Students at Everett F Kerr Middle School are 77% Hispanic, 16% African American, 7% White.


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