2007 Academic Improvement Awards
The 2007 Academic Improvement Awards honor 607 schools for substantial gains in performance over the last several years. The awards range across all levels from schools where 32% of the students are meeting the Illinois Learning Standards to schools where 100% are meeting standards. The median state test score for these schools was 71%, 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 2007 ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT AWARDS
Total Number by Year
In 2007 = 607
In 2006 = 1031
In 2005 = 306
In 2004 = 150
In 2003 = 100
The 2007 Academic Improvement Awards honor 607 schools for substantial gains in performance over the last several years. The awards range across all levels from schools where 40% of students are meeting the Illinois Learning Standards to schools where 98% are meeting standards.
State and Federal Status
The majority of the Academic Improvement Award schools made Adequate Yearly Progress this year. Only 195 of 607 schools (32%) failed to make AYP.
- Academic Early Warning Status 31
- Academic Watch Status 186
- Restructuring & Restructuring Implementation 141
Low-Income Enrollment ("Low-income" is designated by eligibility for free or reduced lunch.)
- Between 0 and 100% of students in the 607 schools are eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch.
- 369 schools enroll more than 50% low-income students.
- 154 schools enroll 25-50% low-income students.
- 84 schools enroll 0-25% low-income students.
Geographic Distribution of 607 Academic Improvement Awards
Schools that continue to make substantial improvements in performance year after year deserve a special round of applause. This year 29 schools earned a third Academic Improvement Award, and 223 schools earned a second award.
- 103 schools earned both Spotlight Schools and Academic Improvement Awards.
Districts with 4 or More Improvement Awards in 2007