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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.

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Total Number by Year

In 2005 = 306

In 2004 = 150

In 2003 = 100

School Types

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Chart showing types of schools receiving awards


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

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Chart showing geographic distribution of schools


Repeat Winners

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
Leepertown Elementary Leepertown
Caseyville Elementary School Caseyville
Stratton Elementary Champaign


Academic Improvement Awards in 2004 and 2005

Barry Elementary Barry
Central Elementary Kewanee
Elizabeth Morris Elementary Cahokia
Fort Bowman Academy Cahokia
Iroquois West Elementary Thawville
Jefferson Elementary lincoln
John Jay Elementary Mt. Prospect
Pleasant Valley Middle School Peoria
Roseville High School Roseville
Williamsfield Elementary Williamsfield

Double Winners

  • 38 schools earned both Spotlight Schools and Academic Improvement Awards.

Districts with 3 or More Improvement Awards in 2005

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Chart showing school districts with 3 or more awards