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As much as 18 inches reportedly fell in Gurnee during Chicago's most-recent snowstorm, which was the most recorded throughout the suburbs, according to the National Weather Service.
The snowstorm that started New Year's Eve and continued through today is being hailed as the largest to hit the area since the the Ground Hog Day blizzard of 2011, according to the Chicago Weather Center blog.
Snow could continue to fall this afternoon in some suburbs with alake effect snow warning in effect for Lake, Cook, DuPage and Will counties. A wind chill advisorywill take effect for much of the area from 9 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Friday with temperatures between -8 to -18 expected and wind chill values between -15 and -25 degrees.
The National Weather Service reported two-day snowfall totals as of 9:25 a.m. Thursday with Gurnee topping its chart with 18 inches of snow. Here is a look at what other communities recorded for snowfall:
The Chicago Weather Center Blog reported the snowfall totals from reports received this morning from a snowstorm that started New Year's Eve and continued through Jan. 2. Here is a look at other snowfall totals, according to the blog:
For those heading back to work on Thursday, slippery roads slowed traffic and the Illinois State Police reported spin-outs but no major accidents, according to the Chicago Tribune. Hundreds of flights were cancelled Thursday morning at O'Hare, according to the article.
As reported by the Buffalo Grove Patch!
The State Board of Education released its annual report card Thursday. Of the schools ranked in the report card, 600 passed while 3,169 were "deemed failures," according to aDaily Herald analysis of the State Report Card.
At Stevenson High School, 89 percent of juniors met or exceeded state standards on the 2013 Illinois Standards Achievement Test while an average of 61.9 percent met that same benchmark statewide, according to the Illinois State Report Card website. In 2012, 85 percent of Stevenson students met or exceeded standards, according to the Illinois Report Card.
In School District 214, which includes Buffalo Grove and Wheeling high schools, 70 percent met or exceeded state standards on the PSAE. The same number of students met or exceeded those standards in 2012.
Here is a look at how this breaks down by school:
- 68.3 percent met or exceeded standards on the PSAE at Buffalo Grove High School.
- 56.7 percent met or exceeded standards on the PSAE at Wheeling High School.
Many schools throughout the state saw a significant drop in its scores from 2012 as part of the state board's move to raise expectations — or cut scores — for the ISATs, which is given to third- through eighth-grade students.
The move was meant to help "align with the more rigorous Common Core Learning Standards and give a better indication of college and career readiness," according to a Illinois State Board of Education press release.
As part of those changes, schools meeting or exceeding expectations in 2012 on average dropped throughout the state nearly 20 percentage points from 82.1 last year to 61.9 percent this year.
The scoring on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, which is given to 11th graders, did not change this year and statewide, the composite score increased from 51.3 percent to 51.9 percent statewide, according to the ISBE press release. The composite meets or exceeds percentage for math and reading was set at 53.3 on this year's State report Card.
A new metric, “Ready for College Coursework,” on the Illinois State Report Card refers to the percent of students at each high school who earned a combined score of at least a 21 on the ACT college admissions test. Statewide, 45.7 percent of Illinois public school students from the Graduating Class of 2013 posted at least a 21 on the ACT.
At Stevenson, 87 percent were listed as "ready for college coursework," a benchmark reached by 71 percent of Buffalo Grove High School juniors and 52 percent of Wheeling juniors.
See how your school fared by visiting the Illinois State Report Card website.
Article written by Crystal Mohrman from Buffalo Grove Patch