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For Immediate Release
June 10, 2004

100 Schools Receive Academic Recognition

Springfield, Ill.-A total of 100 Illinois public schools received recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education for academic improvement. The schools selected from the more than 4200 statewide have data which shows improvement in their student scores over three years of test assessments. Schools showing the most improvement totaled 27.

“More often than not people talk about our schools failing, and time and time again I have said that they are not,” State Superintendent Robert Schiller said. “As demands to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind Act increase, it is gratifying for us to recognize those schools that are not only meeting requirements, but are definitely showing trends in improvement.”

Partnering with Northern Illinois University, a data search identified schools where students have made consistent academic improvement while meeting Adequate Yearly Progress. Recognizing these schools is part of the No Child Left Behind requirements. The State Board of Education approved the recognition criteria during its monthly meeting in April.

To receive an Academic Improvement Award, the schools must:

  • Have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2003, and
  • Their state test results show an upward trend, and
  • The school showed at least 7.5% improvement in scores between 2002 and 2003, or
  • There was at least 15% improvement in scores between 2001 and 2003.

The 7.5% improvement increments were selected to match the projected increase in annual academic performance targets under No Child Left Behind beginning in 2005.

“It is gratifying to note that the schools did not represent one type of school or demographic,”said Schiller. “They come from the city and rural areas, suburban, north and south, which indicates to me that any school can make similar strides.”

The program is an extension of the Spotlight Schools honored last fall. Spotlight Schools are public schools that achieved high academic performance in an environment where a majority of students’ come from low-income families.

The schools were recognized at events in Mt. Vernon, Chicago and Springfield. The Chicago and Mt. Vernon events were held earlier this week.

The schools recognized at three events are listed below. Those identified with an asterisk (*) were recognized as the most improved. More information (address, contact) can be obtained by clicking on each school.

For more on the Northern lllinois University program and process visit: www.p20.niu.edu/P20/acadimproveawards/index.shtml

ALLEN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

ANDALUSIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
AROMA PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL ATLANTA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
AVON GRADE SCHOOL BARKSTALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BARNARD MATH AND SCIENCE CENTER BEMENT MIDDLE SCHOOL
BERRIAN SCHOOL *BROOKPORT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
BUDLONG ELEMENTARY SCHOOL *BUNCOMBE SCHOOL
BURR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CALHOUN HIGH SCHOOL
CARMI-WHITE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL CAROL MOSELEY BRAUN SCHOOL
CAROLYN WENZ ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CARRUTHERS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CARTERVILLE HIGH SCHOOL CATLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
CENTENNIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CERRO GORDO HIGH SCHOOL
CERRO GORDO MIDDLE SCHOOL *COFFEEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
COLUMBIA EXPLORERS ELEMENTARY ACADEMY DAHLGREN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DELAVAN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL *DEWEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
DIVERNON HIGH SCHOOL EDINBURG JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
EDISON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL *EDISON PRIMARY SCHOOL
*ELIZABETH MORRIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EVERETT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
FEARN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL FIELDCREST ELEMENTARY - WEST >
FORT BOWMAN ACADEMY GALATIA JUNIOR HIGH
GARFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL GEORGE ROGERS CLARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
GLEN OAK PRIMARY SCHOOL GOLFVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
*GRAYMONT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL *GRIGGSVILLE-PERRY PRIMARY SCHOOL
*H. R. MCCALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL *HAMPTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
*HARDING PRIMARY SCHOOL HAROLD WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
HOLDEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HOOPESTON AREA MIDDLE SCHOOL
HOOVER WOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL *ILLIOPOLIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
JAMES R. WOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL JOHN NELSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
*KENNEDY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KING MIDDLE GRADE SCHOOL
LACON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LAKE CREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
*LEEPERTOWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL *LELAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
LINCOLN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LOGAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
MABEL ODONNELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MADISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
MAYO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL *MERIDIAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
METCALFE ELEMENTARY COMMUNITY ACADEMY MT OLIVE HIGH SCHOOL
MT ZION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL *MURPHY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
MURRAYVILLE-WOODSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
*ONEIDA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL *PETTY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
PLANO MIDDLE SCHOOL *PRAIRIE VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
REDDICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL *RIDGELY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
*RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
RUTH M. SCHNEIDER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SALAZAR ELEMENTARY BILINGUAL CENTER SERENA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
*SHABAZZ INTERNATIONAL CHARTER ELEMENTARY SHERMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SHOESMITH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOUTH CENTRAL ELEMENTARY-KINMUNDY
SOUTHERN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL *STEUBEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
*STRATTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TAFT PRIMARY SCHOOL
THOMSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL *TYNG PRIMARY SCHOOL
UNITY MIDDLE SCHOOL VENICE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WACKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL *WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Quincy)
WASHINGTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WESTVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WILLIAMSFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ZAPATA ELEMENTARY ACADEMY

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Springfield, IL 62777