For Immediate Release                                                                                                                       
Monday, May 4, 2009

State Superintendent celebrates success of 7 Illinois Honor Roll Schools in Pike and Adams Counties

Annual list recognizes improving and high-performing schools across the state

QUINCY – Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch recognized 7 Quincy area schools today for being named to the 2008 Illinois Honor Roll.

“It takes hard work and dedication to make the Illinois Honor Roll,’ said Superintendent Koch. “It is an achievement that principals, teachers, parents and students should celebrate together.’’

The seven schools were recognized at 10 Baldwin Intermediate School in Quincy.

Earlier this year, the Illinois State Board of Education announced that 989 schools were named to the 2008 Illinois Honor Roll in recognition of their continued academic progress.

A complete listing of the 2008 Illinois Honor Roll Schools can be found online at

The 2008 Illinois Honor Roll includes 989 schools that are being recognized for their continued academic progress. The honor roll is divided into three categories – Spotlight Schools; Academic Excellence and Academic Improvement. Each award has unique criteria that best reflect the diverse circumstances of Illinois schools.

The schools honored:

The 2008 honor roll roster includes elementary, middle and high schools, including charter schools, and represents 345 school districts statewide. Suburban schools represent 43 percent of the Honor Roll schools, downstate schools account for another 40 percent and Chicago schools make up the final 17 percent this year. The 989 schools earned a total of 1,040 awards in the three categories.

Developed by Northern Illinois University and ISBE in 2003-4, the Illinois Honor Roll is created each year at NIU. A complete listing of the 2008 Illinois Honor Roll Schools can be found online at