The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) recently announced 624 schools made the Illinois Honor Roll for their continued academic progress or excellence.
Among those 624 schools, Franklin Elementary School makes the honor roll again for Academic Excellence.
The state’s annual recognition program, based on the previous spring’s state standardized tests and demographic information, shows 50 schools that are being recognized for the ninth or 10th consecutive year. All of these outstanding schools are being honored for their accomplishments in making progress toward or maintaining academic excellence.
Northern Illinois University works with ISBE to establish criteria, identify winners of the awards and administer the Illinois Honor Roll, which is divided into three categories: Spotlight Schools, Academic Excellence and Academic Improvement. Each award has unique criteria that best reflect the diverse circumstances of Illinois schools.
Spotlight Schools — Recognizes 105 high-poverty, high-performing schools that are beating the odds by overcoming the achievement gap.
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Awards - 454 schools have sustained high performance over at least three years.
Academic Improvement Awards - 81 schools are showing substantial improvement.
The 2012 Honor Roll roster includes elementary, middle and high schools, including charter schools, and represents 293 public school districts statewide. Downstate schools represent 39 percent of the Honor Roll schools, suburban schools represent 49 percent and Chicago schools make up the final 12 percent this year. The schools earned a total of 640 awards in the three categories.
Other 2012 Illinois Honor Roll facts:
• At all 81 Academic Improvement Award schools, the number of students meeting or exceeding standards increased by at least 7.5 points over one year or 15 points over two years.
• Three schools, listed below, won the Academic Improvement Award, sustaining annual 7.5 improvements, for the fourth year. Seventeen schools won the Academic Improvement Award for the third time.
One Spotlight School, Dewey Elementary School in Quincy, is receiving its tenth award this year, having maintained high- level performance since the award began in 2003. Another seven schools earned the award for the ninth year, and nine schools earned the award for the eighth year.
In 2012, 39 Academic Excellence schools sustained their long-term high achievement and won a ninth award, 36 schools are being recognized for the eighth time and 15 for the seventh time.
In 2012, 256 Academic Excellence elementary schools showed increases in scores over last year, even though they started at a baseline above 90 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards.
This year, 15 schools won both the Spotlight Schools award and the Academic Excellence Award. Here is a list of those winners:
A complete listing of the 2012 Illinois Honor Roll Schools can be found online at http://www.ilhonorroll.niu.edu.