The Illinois State Board of Education announced that 177 schools made the 2013 Illinois Honor Roll for their continued academic progress or excellence. The state’s annual recognition program, based on the previous spring’s state standardized tests and demographic information, shows a dozen schools that are being recognized for the 10th or 11th consecutive year.
“These Honor Roll schools once again show us that rigorous standards, great teachers and persistence are key to improved student performance,” said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “We raised our expectations in 2013, but these 177 schools accepted the challenge. Many more will meet these new more rigorous expectations and better prepare students for college and careers.”
The State Board establishes criteria, identifies winners of the awards and administers the Illinois Honor Roll, which is divided into three categories – Spotlight Schools, Academic Excellence and Academic Improvement. Spotlight Schools are 37 high-poverty, high-performing schools that are beating the odds by overcoming the achievement gap. Academic Excellence Awards go to 23 schools that have sustained high performance over at least three years. Academic Improvement Awards go to 125 schools showing substantial improvement.
The 2013 Illinois Honor Roll roster includes elementary, middle and high schools, including charter schools, and represents 99 public school districts statewide.
Tyler Elementary School in DeKalb, Hinckley-Big Rock High School in Hinckley, and Kaneland High School in Maple Park received Academic Improvement awards.