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For Immediate Release
May 27, 2004

100 Schools to Receive Academic Recognition
46 Northern Illinois schools among those showing improvement

Springfield, Ill. – A total of 46 northern Illinois public schools will be recognized next week for making academic improvement. The 46 schools are among 100 statewide whose data shows improvement in their student scores over three years of test assessments. Eighteen schools are from Chicago.

“More often than not people talk about our schools failing, and time and time again I have said that they are not,” State Superintendent Robert Schiller said. “As demands to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind Act increase, it is gratifying for us to recognize those schools that are not only meeting requirements, but are definitely showing trends in improvement.”

Partnering with Northern Illinois University, a data search identified schools where students have made consistent academic improvement while meeting Adequate Yearly Progress. Recognizing these schools is part of the No Child Left Behind requirements. The State Board of Education approved the recognition criteria during its monthly meeting in April.

To receive an Academic Improvement Award, schools must:

  • Have made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2003, and
  • Their state test results show an upward trend, and
  • The school showed at least 7.5% improvement in scores between 2002 and 2003, or
  • There was at least 15% improvement in scores between 2001 and 2003.

The 7.5% improvement increments were selected to match the projected increase in annual academic performance targets under No Child Left Behind beginning in 2005.

The program is an extension of the Spotlight Schools honored last fall. Spotlight Schools are public schools that achieved high academic performance in an environment where a majority of students’ come from low-income families.

A recognition event is set for Tues., June 8, starting at 4 p.m. Other schools will be recognized at events in Springfield and Mt. Vernon.

The 46 northern Illinois schools invited to the event are:

School District City
Allen Junior High School          La Moille CU School District 303     Bureau     
Andalusia Elementary School             Rockridge CU School District 300     Rock Island 
Aroma Park Primary School         Kankakee School District 111          Kankakee   
Barnard Math & Science Center City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Budlong Elementary School               City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Burr Elementary School                  City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Carol Moseley Braun School        Dolton School District 149        Cook       
Centennial Elementary School             Polo Community Unit School District 222    Ogle       
Columbia Explorers Elementary Academy   City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Edison Primary School Kankakee School District 111 Kankakee
Edison Jr. High School             Rock Island School District 41    Rock Island 
Everett Elementary School               City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Fearn Elementary School           Aurora West Unit School District 129  Kane       
Garfield Elementary School              School District 46                Kane       
George Rogers Clark Elementary School   City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Golfview Elementary School               Community Unit School District 300            Kane       
H.R. Mccall Elementary School            Waukegan CU School District 60       Lake       
Hampton Elementary School               Hampton School District 29        Rock Island 
Harold Washington Elementary School     City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Holden Elementary School                City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Hoover Wood Elementary School           Batavia Unit School District 101      Kane       
James R. Wood Elementary School          Somonauk CU School District 432      Dekalb     
John Nelson Elementary School           Rockford School District 205          Winnebago  
Kennedy Elementary School               Chicago Heights School District 170   Cook       
King Middle Grade School          Kankakee School District 111          Kankakee   
Leepertown Elementary School            Leepertown CC School District 175       Bureau     
Leland Elementary School                City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Logan Elementary School                 Moline Unit School District 40    Rock Island 
Mabel Odonnell Elementary School        Aurora East Unit School District 131  Kane       
Madison Elementary School               City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Mayo Elementary School                  City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Metcalfe Elementary Community Academy   City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Murphy Elementary School                City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Plano Middle School                Plano Community Unit School District 88    Kendall    
Prairie View Elementary School          Sandwich CU School District 430      Dekalb     
Reddick Elementary School               Herschler Community Unit School District 2     Kankakee   
Riverview Elementary School       South Beloit CU School District 320     Winnebago  
Salazar Elementary Bilingual Center     City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Serena Elementary School                 Community Unit School District 2         Lasalle    
Shabazz International Charter Elementary School City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Shoesmith Elementary School             City of Chicago School District 299    Cook       
Steuben Elementary School Kankakee School District 111 Kankakee
Taft Primary School               Kankakee School District 111          Kankakee   
Thomson Elementary School               Thomson Com Unit District 301         Carroll    
Wacker Elementary School                City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       
Zapata Elementary Academy               City of Chicago School District 299   Cook       

 

For a statewide list and more on the Academic Improvement schools, please visit
http://www.p20.niu.edu/P20/acadimproveawards/index.shtml

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