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2006 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 129 schools that have sustained very high performance levels.

In these elementary schools, at least 90% of students met or exceeded state standards in 2004-2006. At the high school level, at least 80% of students passed the Prairie State Achievement Exam in 2004-2006. 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 2006 ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS 

Total Number by Year


In 2006 = 129

In 2005 = 101

In 2004 = 65

School Types

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Chart showing types of schools receiving awards

 

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.)

  • 12 schools in Chicago enroll 5.6 to 55.6% low- income students.
  • 108 of the 129 Academic Excellence schools enroll fewer than 15% low-income students.

 

Geographic Distribution of 129 Academic Excellence Awards

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Chart showing geographic distribution of schools

 

School Size

  • There are fewer than 300 students in 37% of the Spotlight Schools
  • The 5 largest elementary schools, all in Chicago, enroll 1025 to 1513 students. Aurora, in Kane County, follows closely with 1011 at Bardwell Elementary in District 131.

Repeat Winners

  • 50 Schools - Second time (2005 and 2006) 39%
  • 44 Schools - Third time (2004, 2005 and 2006) 34%

Double Winners

  • 1 Schools earned both Spotlight Schools and Academic Excellence Awards.

Districts with 4 or More Excellence Awards in 2006

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Chart showing school districts with 4 or more awards