2005 Academic Improvement Awards
The 2005 Academic Improvement Awards honor 306 schools for substantial gains in performance over the last several years. The awards range across all levels from schools where 40% of the students are meeting the Illinois Learning Standards to schools where 99% are meeting standards. The median state test score for these schools was 70%, which is above the state average.
Located throughout the state, the award winners represent every type of school — large and small; elementary, middle, and high schools; both regular and charter schools; all funding levels; urban, suburban, and rural; and low performing and high performing. They demonstrate that exemplary progress is possible at every level and can be sustained.
See Billman, Mission Possible, for Illinois principals' stories on how they lead dramatic gains in academic performance.
FACTS ABOUT 2005 ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT AWARDS
Total Number by Year
In 2005 = 306
In 2004 = 150
In 2003 = 100
State and Federal Status
The vast majority of the Academic Improvement Award schools made Adequate Yearly Progress in 2005. Only 67 of 306 schools (22%) failed to make AYP. A total of 112 schools were “in status,” meaning that they faced state and federal sanctions for past performance. All of these schools are making significant improvement.
- Academic Early Warning Status 44
- Academic Watch Status 68
Low-Income Enrollment ("Low-income" is designated by eligibility for free or reduced lunch.)
- Between 0 and 97% of students in the 306 schools are eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch.
- 173 schools enroll more than 50% low-income students.
- 78 schools enroll 25-50% low-income students.
- 55 schools enroll 0-25% low-income students.
Geographic Distribution of 306 Academic Improvement Awards
Schools that continue to make substantial improvements in performance year after year deserve a special round of applause. In 2005, 3 schools earned a third Academic Improvement Award, and 10 others earned a second award.
Academic Improvement Awards in 2003, 2004, and 2005
|Carver Primary School||Chicago|
|Caseyville Elementary School||Caseyville|
Academic Improvement Awards in 2004 and 2005
|Elizabeth Morris Elementary||Cahokia|
|Fort Bowman Academy||Cahokia|
|Iroquois West Elementary||Thawville|
|John Jay Elementary||Mt. Prospect|
|Pleasant Valley Middle School||Peoria|
|Roseville High School||Roseville|
- 38 schools earned both Spotlight Schools and Academic Improvement Awards.
Districts with 3 or More Improvement Awards in 2005