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2007 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. The criteria have remained constant, but the numbers of schools recognized has varied considerably.  Much speculation surrounds variations in test scores, a primary factor in the awards criteria, but definitive research is not yet available. Some trends are clear, and those are summarized here.

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 (97) are being recognized for the fourth or fifth consecutive year. Secondly, 77% 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 = 1281

Total Number of Schools = 1177

Total Number of Districts = 382

 

School Types

 

Charter Schools - 3

GALAPAGOS ROCKFORD CHARTER SCH ROCKFORD
LOCKE A ELEM CHARTER ACADEMY CHICAGO
URBAN PREP CHTR ACAD ENGLEWOOD HS CHICAGO

 

Geographic Distribution of 1177 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 2007. 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

A total of 15 schools are receiving a fifth Spotlight School award this year, having maintained high level performance since the award began in 2003.  40 other schools earned the distinction for a fourth time.

Sustaining 7.5% performance improvements year after year can be done!  In 2007, 29 schools won the Academic Improvement Award for a third time, and 223 schools won the award in both 2006 and 2007.

42 Academic Excellence schools sustained their long-term high achievement and won a fourth award in 2007.  46 schools are being recognized for the third time (2005–2007) and 29 for the second time (2006–2007).

 

Test Score Trends - Scores are Good and Getting Better

  • 303 of 508 Spotlight Schools (60%) showed increases in test scores over last year.
  • At all 607 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.
  • 30 Academic Improvement Award schools raised scores by more than 30 percentage points over two years.  
  • 71 Academic Excellence elementary schools showed increases in scores over last year, even though they started at a baseline above 90% of students meeting or exceeding standards.

 Double Awards - 103 Schools earned both Spotlight Schools and Academic Improvement Awards.

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

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

 

 Top Ten Award-Winning Districts 

 

District Awards Winning Schools
City of Chicago
279
573
Elgin U-46
32
54
Springfield 186
19
31
Rockford 205
18
47
Decatur 61
15
20
Waukegan 60
14
21
Joliet 86
13
18
Peoria 150
11
30
Aurora East 131
10
17
Aurora West 129
10
16