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2012 Academic Improvement Awards

The 2012 Academic Improvement Awards honor 81 schools for substantial gains in performance over the last several years. The awards range across all levels from schools where 13% of the students are meeting the Illinois Learning Standards to schools where 96% are meeting standards. The median state test score for these schools was 75%, 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

Chart showing types of schools receiving awards

School Types

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Chart showing types of schools receiving awards


State and Federal Status

More than 20% of Academic Improvement Award schools made Adequate Yearly Progress this year, a smaller percentage than in recent years when the AYP requirements were lower. Schools that did not make AYP retain the sanctions currently imposed by the state and federal designations listed below.

  • Choice (11)
  • Choice SES (8)
  • Corrective (6)
  • Academic Early Warning Status (18)
  • Academic Watch Status (56)
  • Restructuring & Restructuring Implementation (23)

Low-Income Enrollment ("Low-income" is designated by eligibility for free or reduced lunch.)

  • 62 schools enroll more than 50% low-income students.
  • 16 schools enroll 25-50% low-income students.
  • 3 schools enroll 0-25% low-income students.


Geographic Distribution of 81 Academic Improvement Awards

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Chart showing geographic distribution of schools


Repeat Winners

Schools that continue to improve at least 7.5% in performance year after year deserve a special round of applause. Three schools won a fourth time: John Jay Elementary (Mount Prospect), George Washington Elementary (Alsip), and Donovan Jr. High (Donovan).

Double Winners

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

Districts with 4 or More Improvement Awards in 2012

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Chart showing school districts with 4 or more awards