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

NORMAL — Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico and State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch recognized 18 McLean and Livingston County schools today for being named to the 2011 Illinois Honor Roll. The schools were honored during a school assembly at Sugar Creek Elementary School in Normal.

“This is a remarkable list of 18 schools that have maintained or improved academic performance amid rising benchmarks and a tough economy,’’ said Chairman Chico. “We hope students, educators, parents and community members will celebrate their success because they are the ones responsible for these good and improving results.”

The 2011 Illinois Honor Roll recognizes 703 schools across the state 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 18 schools honored Tuesday are:

Bloomington SD 87
Stevenson Elementary School

Lexington CUSD 7
Lexington Elementary School

McLean County USD 5
Sugar Creek Elementary School
Glenn Elementary School
Oakdale Elementary School
Northpoint Elementary School
Parkside Elementary School
Pepper Ridge Elementary School
Prairieland Elementary School
Fox Creek Elementary School
Grove Elementary School

Olympia CUSD 16
Olympia West Elementary School

Prairie Central CUSD 8
Chenoa Elementary School
Meadowbrook Elementary School
Chatsworth Grade School
Prairie Central Upper Elementary

Tri Valley CUSD 3
Tri-Valley Middle School
Tri-Valley Elementary School