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Illinois began issuing annual summative designations as part of its new accountability system in 2018.  Annual summative designations were issued again in 2019, before pausing in 2020 and 2021 when federal waivers of assessment and/or accountability were issued to states. Calculation of annual summative designations resumed in 2022. Here you will find the list of schools and the annual summative designation issued, the descriptive statistics for that year, including Exemplary/Commendable and Targeted/Comprehensive index score thresholds at both the Elementary/Middle School level (ES) and High School (HS) level, and the published business rules for that year.​

 2022 Summative Designations

2022 Official Summative Designations


  • Elementary/Middle Schools
    • ​Exemplary index score threshold: 82.28
    • Comprehensive & Targeted index score threshold: 31.55
  • High Schools
    • ​Exemplary index score threshold: 90.93
    • Comprehensive & Targeted index score threshold: 9.89

 2021 Summative Designations

  • 2021 Official Summative Designation
    • No summative designations were calculated in 2021.​
  • 2021 Waiver of Accountability
    On February 22, 2021, ED communicated its intentPDF Document to make waivers available for accountability but not for assessments despite the continued impact of COVID-19 on education this year and calls from multiple states (including Illinois) to fully waive assessment and accountability requirements. The accountability waiver request template published by​ ED allows states to waive two sets of requirements -- accountability calculations and the reporting of those calculations. ISBE submitted it's waiver requestPDF Document on April 1, 2021, and the request was approved by EDPDF Document on April 6, 2021.
    • Illinois is not required to:
      • Issue annual summative designations using 2021 data.​
      • Factor the 95% participation requirement into academic achievement calculations.
      • Measure progress toward long-term goals and interim targets using 2021 data.
    • Illinois must still:
      • Report the list of schools identified for support in 2021.
      • Report on chronic absenteeism.
      • Maintain the identification status of previously identified schools for 2021-22.
      • Require previously identified schools implement their support and improvement plans and receive appropriate supports and interventions.​​

 2020 Summative Designations

In 2020 the US Department of Education approved assessment and accountability waivers for all 50 states.

In 2020, all schools were re-issued their 2019 annual summative designation. Please see the 2019 Illinois Official Summative Designations for details.​​​

 2019 Summative Designations

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