2005 Academic Excellence Awards
Many of this nation's most honored schools are in Illinois. Awards and lists of outstanding schools generated by national magazines, government agencies, realtors, and research studies always include first-rate institutions in our state. The Academic Excellence Awards recognize 101 schools that have sustained very high performance levels.
In these elementary schools, at least 90% of students met or exceeded state standards in 2003-2005. At the high school level, at least 80% of students passed the Prairie State Achievement Exam in 2003-2005. All Academic Excellence schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress for the last two years.
Achieving and maintaining excellence is not easy in any school. The critical strategies for success cited in Billman, Mission Possible also operate in the schools winning the Excellence Award.
FACTS ABOUT 2005 ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Total Number by Year
In 2005 = 101
In 2004 = 65
Test Scores - Moving More Students into the Exceeds Range
Four 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.
- Half Day School, Lincolnshire
- Iles Elementary, Springfield
- Lincoln Elementary, River Forest
- Edison Elementary Regional Gifted Center, Chicago
Ten elementary schools showed decreases in test scores, but stayed above the 92.5 percent mark.
Low-Income Enrollment ("Low-income" is designated by eligibility for free or reduced lunch.)
- 10 schools in Chicago and 11 schools downstate have low-income populations ranging from 15 to 61%.
- 80 schools enroll fewer than 15% low-income students.
Geographic Distribution of 101 Academic Excellence Awards
- There are fewer than 300 students in 40% of the Spotlight Schools.
- The 4 largest elementary schools, all in Chicago, enroll 1234 to 1779 students. Sator Sanchez Elementary in Joliet and East Richmond Elementary in East Richmond follow with 1001 and 1002 respectively.
- 2 Schools earned both Spotlight Schools and Academic Excellence Awards.
Districts with 3 or More Excellence Awards in 2005