News

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2012

More than 700 schools recognized for academic excellence on 2011 Illinois Honor Roll

Annual list shows continued and improved academic achievement amid rising benchmarks

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) announced today that 703 schools made the Illinois Honor Roll for their continued academic progress. The state’s annual recognition program, based on state standardized tests and demographic information, shows 55 schools that are being recognized for the eighth or ninth consecutive year. All of these outstanding schools are being honored for their accomplishments in making progress toward or maintaining academic excellence.

“These Honor Roll schools continue to prove that hard work and reform efforts impact student performance. Community members can and should celebrate their local schools’ success,’’ said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “Behind each school’s success is an untold story of extraordinary passion and dedication on behalf of administrators, teachers, parents and students. We commend each school for its commitment to improvement and excellence.”

Northern Illinois University works with ISBE to establish criteria, identify winners of the awards and administer the Illinois Honor Roll, which 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 2011 Honor Roll roster includes elementary, middle and high schools, including charter schools, and represents 312 school districts statewide. Downstate schools represent 41 percent of the Honor Roll schools, suburban schools represent 46 percent and Chicago schools make up the final 13 percent this year. The schools earned a total of 719 awards in the three categories.


District
Awards
Winning Schools
Total District Schools
City of Chicago SD 299
99
94
617
Indian Prairie CUSD 204
17
17
31
Schaumburg CCSD 54
13
13
27
Naperville CUSD 203
10
10
21
Palatine CCSD 15
10
10
19

Other 2011 Illinois Honor Roll facts:

Five-Year Winners of the Academic Improvement Award
Cather Elementary School
Chicago
Beidler Elementary School
Chicago
Harvard Elementary School
Chicago


Nine-Year Winners of the Spotlight Schools Award
Franklin Elementary School
Belleville
Jones College Preparatory High School
Chicago
Dewey Elementary School
Quincy


Winners of Both Spotlight Schools and Academic Excellence Awards
Jones College Preparatory School
Chicago
Lane Technical High School
Chicago
Vanderpoel Elementary Magnet School
Chicago
Brown Elementary School
East St. Louis
Irvington Elementary School
Irvington
Arcadia Elementary School
Olympia Fields
Willow Elementary School
Pekin
Norwood Primary School
Peoria
Tefft Middle School
Streamwood
William F. Murphy Elementary School
Woodridge


Winners of both Spotlight Schools and Academic Improvement Awards
Black Magnet Elementary School
Chicago
Columbus Elementary School
Chicago
Martin L. King Elementary School
Dixmoor
Alta Sita Elementary School
East St. Louis
Annette Officer Elementary School
East St. Louis
Farmersville Elementary School
Farmersville

A complete listing of the 2011 Illinois Honor Roll Schools can be found online at http://www.ilhonorroll.niu.edu

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