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2006 Honor Roll Highlights

In December 2005, the Illinois State Board of Education established rules for the Illinois Honor Roll, formalizing an awards program that had been piloted in 2003 and 2004. Changes in the state assessment in 2006 appear to have affected results, so comparisons to previous years are necessarily limited.

Overall two important comparisons with previous years testify to the efforts of students, faculty, and parents in these school communities. First, a remarkable number of schools (306) are being recognized for the third or fourth consecutive year. Secondly, 92% of schools have continued to improve their test scores. The progress of these “no excuses” schools exemplifies the possibilities for improvement in Illinois schools at every level. Good old-fashioned hard work by students, teachers, and parents in high poverty schools helped them win this award.


Total Numbers

Total Number of Awards = 1607

Total Number of Schools = 1461

Total Number of Districts = 508


School Types


Charter Schools - 3



Geographic Distribution of 1461 schools

Chart showing geographic distribution of schools


Test Scores and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

To determine eligibility for awards, the Illinois Honor Roll uses composite scores of reading and mathematics, subjects that count for determining Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

All schools winning the Spotlight Schools and Academic Excellence Awards made AYP in 2006. Although making AYP was not a criterion for the Academic Improvement Awards, 62 percent of those schools did make AYP in 2013.


Repeat Awards - Sustaining Exemplary Performance

52 Spotlight Schools earned this distinction for a third time this year. A total of 15 schools are receiving a fourth Spotlight School award.

142 Academic Improvement Award schools also won the award last year and 3 schools won it for a third time.

50 Academic Excellence schools also won this award last year. Of the 2005 winners, 44 schools sustained their long-term high achievement and won a third award in 2006.

Test Score Trends - Scores are Good and Getting Better

  • 362 of 447 Spotlight Schools (81%) showed increases in test scores over 2005.
  • At all 306 Academic Improvement Award schools, the number of students meeting or exceeding standards increased by at least 7.5% over one year or 15% over two years.
  • More than 80 Academic Improvement Award schools raised scores by more than 30 percentage points over two years.  
  • 82 Academic Excellence elementary schools showed increases in scores over 2005, even though they started at a baseline above 90% of students meeting or exceeding standards.

 Double Awards - 145 Schools earned both Spotlight Schools and Academic Improvement Awards

One school won both the Spotlight Schools award and the Academic Excellence Award, Jones College Preparatory High School in Chicago.

145 schools won both the Spotlight Schools award and the Academic Improvement Award.