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For Immediate Release
April 24, 2014

Nearly 200 schools recognized for academic excellence and improvement on 2013 Illinois Honor Roll

Annual list shows continued and improved academic achievement as state moves toward new accountability system in 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that 177 schools made the 2013 Illinois Honor Rollfor 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. All of these outstanding schools are being honored for their accomplishments in making progress toward or maintaining academic excellence.

“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. Each award has unique criteria that best reflect the diverse circumstances of Illinois schools.

The 2013 Illinois Honor Roll roster includes elementary, middle and high schools, including charter schools, and represents 99 public school districts statewide. Downstate schools represent 47 percent of the Honor Roll schools, suburban schools represent 15 percent and Chicago schools make up the final 38 percent this year. The schools earned a total of 185 awards in the three categories.

The following districts earned the most awards:

District
Awards
Winning Schools
Total District Schools
City of Chicago SD 299
68
67
611
Joppa-Maple Grove UD 38
3
2
2
Northwestern CUSD 2
3
2
3

Other 2013 Illinois Honor Roll facts:

Ten-Year Winners of the Spotlight Schools Award
Sheridan Math & Science Academy
Chicago
Aroma Park Primary School
Kankakee
Jones College Prep
Chicago
Tenth-Year Winners of the Academic Excellence Award
Decatur Classical Elementary School
Chicago
Edison Regional Gifted Elementary School
Chicago
Lenart Regional Gifted Center
Chicago
Northside College Preparatory High School
Chicago
Half Day School
Lincolnshire
Washington Gifted School
Peoria
Lincoln Elementary School
River Forest
Iles Elementary School
Springfield
Winners of Both Spotlight Schools and Academic Excellence Awards
Aroma Park Primary School
Aroma Park
Clark  G R Elementary School
Chicago
Honeywell Elementary School
Hoopseston
Medora Elementary School
Medora
Maple Grove Elementary School
Metropolis
Northwestern Junior High School
Palmyra
Tampico Elementary School
Tampico
Deland-Weldon Middle School
Weldon

A complete listing of the 2013 Illinois Honor Roll Schools can be found online at http://www.ilhonorroll.niu.edu.

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