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September 2013

Academic Updates

The Chicago Public Schools and the State of Illinois will soon be releasing student performance and school performance data regarding Lane Tech and all other high schools in the city and state. We are very, very proud to provide you with our most recent academic accomplishments for the 2012-2013 school year. Lane Tech's 2012-2013 school year will be noted for its historical, significant increases and growth in all academic areas, and especially ACT College Readiness. We have consolidated our students' and teachers' accomplishments below and applaud all our parent and community stakeholders for all the supports you provide our beautiful school, but most importantly, our incredible students.


We improved in every subject category for ACT and in the combined ACT/Work Keys (PSAE) areas. The percentage of meets/exceeds improved, the percentage of exceeds improved, and our two high-risk subgroups improved, which is significant for us to achieve continual school improvement.

We experienced the single greatest composite score growth in our schools 105 history, as well as the single greatest increase in the composite score for ACT in Lane's academic history! Lane Tech's ACT composite score increased from 23.9 to 24.8, which includes all learners, general and special education. Lane's progress is very significant given most high schools dropped in ACT College Readiness. Our average ACT disaggregated scores are: Reading 25.1, Math 24.8, Science 24.2, and English 25.0.

Advanced Placement

Our advanced Placement scores are in and we also made significant improvements in terms of AP expansion and student performance. Lane Tech administered 2,984 AP exams in May 2013 in 31 out of the of 33 AP courses offered by the College Board. Lane's Average AP score increased to 3.08, which means the average score was a passing score (a score of 3 or higher is considered passing by the College Board and provides college credit and/or placement by most universities). Lane Tech has 232 AP Scholars, 88 AP Scholars with Honors, 87 AP Scholars with Distinction, and 2 National AP Scholars. We are slated to administer approximately 3,600 AP exams in May, 2014 and we are committed to continual expansion of our Advanced Placement program, which is the largest in Chicago and second largest in state.


Lane made significant improvements with regard to our students' ISAT performance. Lane's reading exceed scores increased by 1.7 points, math exceed scores increased by 7.9 points, and science scores increased by 8 points.

When comparing the Class of 2018 to the Class of 2017 (for the 2011-2012 school year) to note trends: The 7th grade reading exceed scores are 2 points greater, 7th grade math exceeds scores are 8.2 points greater, 7th grade science exceed scores are 8.2 points greater, and 7th grade composite exceed scores are 6.1 points greater.

Lane's 8th grade reading scores increased by 8.2 points. Our students' math scores exceed scores increased y 4.5 points (science scores are not measured). Additionally, our composite score grew by 1.4 points, which again, is commendable and all students meet or exceed standards.

Goal 2501

Our thematic goal for the current 2013-2014 school year is Goal 2501. We will continue to work with our students to ensure our ACT College Readiness continues for our students and are committed to making or exceeding an average composite score of 25.01 or better for students testing in May, 2014. Goal 2501 is based off our school's address, 2501 West Addison, and our commitment in ensuring our students continue improving in College Readiness each year. We are all very proud of our students' marked improvements and look forward to continuing to make academic improvements school-wide for every learner to ensure Lane Tech continues to be a school of academic and athletic champions.


This weeks marks Lane's homecoming, pep rally, and spirit week. We are hoping students will enjoy a wonderful week full of special activities to celebrate school spirit. As a special surprise for all our students, we announced on Friday that B96 will be airing their live morning show from Lane's auditorium on homecoming (and the day of our pep rally) this week on Friday, September 20th, from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. All students are invited to sit in the auditorium as part of the B96 morning show and be involved in the live broadcast from 5:30 a.m. until the beginning of first period (8:00 a.m.). Students will be admitted into the auditorium on a first come, first served basis. All students are welcome to attend provided seating is available.


Congratulations to the boys and girls cross country teams for their dominating performance at the St. Pat's Invitational. Both the Boys and Girls F/S Teams were victorious. Overall champions included freshman Ro Mulkerinns and So. Auggie Alfaro. The Varsity Boys were very impressive by scoring 18 points. Jon Vara and JoJo Podosek took the 3mile Varsity Races. The Varsity Boys won the 23 team Wauconda Invite. They beat number five, State ranked Wheaton Warrenville South. We should move up in the State Polls when they are released in the next couple of days. The girls are doing well but have some things they need to continue to work on. They finished 7th out of 23 teams. We host our only home meet of the year this Wednesday 4:30pm at Horner Park. You are invited to attend. The racing will conclude by 6:15. We will not run our top Varsity runners due to a major meet this Saturday in Peoria. Boys Soccer is 6-1-1 to start the year. Their only loss is to Washington HS in a rain shortened game. The Fuentes brothers, Jose and Sergio, continue to dominate the soccer scene at Lane. They defeated Proviso East HS in the first round of the prestigious Pepsi Showdown. Football is 2 and 1 with a commanding victory over Mather HS and Bogan HS Girls Volleyball is 4 and 2 with victories over Jones HS, Ag. Science, Von and Brooks Girls Tennis is 1 and 2 with a victory over Lincoln Park. Boys Softball is 1 and 0 with a victory over Lake View. Girls Swimming is just getting started in their competitions and Megan Lavelle is ranked as one of the top swimmers in the state.

As you may or may not be aware, several safety incidents occurred at Friday night's homecoming game at the Lane Tech stadium that we have addressed with CPS to ensure they never occur again. The stadium is called “Lane Tech Stadium” but is actually not a part of Lane Tech High School and is used citywide for all types of sporting events, including football, soccer, and Lacrosse. The stadium has its own budget, staff, and administrative oversight, which are run by the CPS Office of Sports Administration. Although our school does enjoy using the stadium for occasional events and practices, we need to seek approval to do so and have no way to access the stadium unless permission is granted.

Over the weekend, I notified the Executive Director of Sports Administration, Mr. Thomas Trotter, as well as other CPS leadership offices regarding Friday night's incidents and my specific concerns to ensure nothing like this ever happens again. Two meetings were held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 with Mr. Trotter and representatives from CPS, including Sports Administration, Safety and Security, and my administration. I requested members of Lane's LSC and PTSO be included in both these meetings to ensure all concerns were clearly voiced. After meeting with Mr. Trotter, Safety and Security, and our Network office, I am confident Sports Administration will review protocol and procedures to make certain none of the mistakes made during Friday night's homecoming game are repeated. Please open the link below to review Mr. Trotter's letter to the Lane Tech community.

Mr. Trotter's letter to the Lane Tech community


Christopher A. Dignam, Ed.D.

Dr. Christopher Dignam
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