For Immediate Release
January 31, 2008

ISBE and NIU announce 2007 Illinois Honor Roll; Nearly 1,200 schools singled out for academic excellence

Annual list recognizes continued academic achievement; 97 schools on the list fourth & fifth consecutive year

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) announced today that 1,177 schools made the Illinois Honor Roll and are being recognized for their continued academic progress. The 2007 honor roll includes 97 schools that are being recognized for the fourth or fifth consecutive year. All of these outstanding schools are being honored for their accomplishments in making progress toward or maintaining academic excellence.

"I congratulate and applaud the efforts of those principals, teachers, parents and community members who made it possible for these schools to rise to the level of excellence required to make the Illinois Honor Roll," said State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch. "It is also noteworthy to see that many schools continue to maintain this achievement year after year. Making the Illinois Honor Roll is an achievement that should be celebrated. It represents the hard work that takes place in the classroom everyday."

NIU Outreach worked with the ISBE to establish criteria, identify winners of the awards, and administer the Illinois Honor Roll, which is divided into three recognition categories – Spotlight Schools; Academic Excellence and Academic Improvement. Each award has unique criteria that best reflects the diverse circumstances of Illinois schools.

The 2007 honor roll roster includes elementary, middle and high schools and represents 382 school districts statewide. A number of districts have multiple schools named to the Honor Roll, including: City of Chicago 299, 279 schools; Elgin U-46, 32 schools; Springfield District 186, 19 schools; Rockford School District 205, 18 schools; Decatur District 61, 15 schools; Waukegan Community Unit School District 60, 14 schools; Joliet Public School District 86, 13 schools; Peoria District 150, 11 schools; West Aurora School District 129, 10 schools; and East Aurora District 131, 10 schools.

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A complete listing of the 2007 Illinois Honor Roll Schools can be found online at