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2009 Honor Roll Highlights

The 2009 Honor Roll recognizes 975 schools with 1010 awards. The overall number of awards continues to exceed 1,000, despite increases in expectations. Schools that earn the Spotlight and Excellence Awards must make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). In the Honor Roll's first year, schools could make AYP if 40% of students met or exceeded standards on the annual state tests. By 2009, that AYP requirement had risen to 70%.

The awards criteria have been constant since 2005, and no major changes occurred this year in the state tests or their scoring. Nevertheless, the number of Spotlight Schools has risen from 316 in 2005 to 425 in 2009. Excellence Awards increased from 101 in 2005 to 438 in 2009. Academic Improvement Awards, which require significant increases in student achievement, declined in number, but 147 schools earned that award this year.

Two other Honor Roll trends continue in 2009. First, a large number of schools stay on the Honor Roll. Over 90 awards are being presented for the sixth or seventh year to Spotlight and Academic Excellence schools. Second, schools that appear on the Honor Roll year after year continue to improve their test scores. The progress of these schools exemplifies the possibilities for improvement at every level. Good old-fashioned hard work by students, teachers, parents, and communities contributes to ongoing recognition for their schools' achievements.

Total Numbers

Total Number of Awards = 1010

Total Number of Schools = 975

Total Number of Districts = 362

 

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 975 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 2009. 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

Nine Spotlight Schools are receiving a seventh award this year, having maintained high level performance since the award began in 2003, and 27 schools earned the award for a sixth straight year.

13 schools won the Academic Improvement Award for 2008 and 2009.

44 Academic Excellence schools sustained their long-term high achievement and won a sixth award in 2009.  41 schools are being recognized for the fifth time (2005–2009).

 

Test Score Trends - Scores are Good and Getting Better

  • 252 of 425 Spotlight Schools (59%) showed increases in test scores over last year.
  • At all 147 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.
  • 14 Academic Improvement Award schools raised scores by more than 25 percentage points over two years.  
  • 166 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

This year, 10 schools won both the Spotlight Schools award and the Academic Excellence Award: Jones College Preparatory High School in Chicago and one elementary school — Arcadia Elementary School (Olympia Fields) and Chatsworth Grade School (Chatsworth) won both awards for the second consecutive year. Belle Rive Attendance Center (Belle Rive) and Sheridan Elementary Math and Science Academy (Chicago) are first-time winners of both awards.

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

Top Award-Winning Districts (10 or more awards)

District Awards Winning Schools Total District Schools
City of Chicago 299
150
139
576
Indian Prairie 204
18
18
29
Naperville 203
17
17
21
East St. Louis 189
15
13
20
St. Charles 303
11
11
17
Wheaton 200
11
11
19
Peoria 150
10
9
29