ISBE has a multi-measures accountability system that considers school and student group performance on multiple Academic and Student Success and School Quality (SSSQ) indicators to create a holistic index score that is used to issue one of four annual summative designations - Exemplary, Commendable, Targeted Support, and Comprehensive Support. Each indicator is scored between 0 and 100. The indicator score is multiplied by the indicator weight (5 to 50 percent) to determine the indicator points and added to create an index score for the school as the whole as well as specific student groups within each school.
Schools fall into two grade spans, the elementary school (ES) band, which includes Grades 1-8, and the high school (HS), band which includes Grades 9-12. Schools that serve grades in both the ES and HS spans receive two designations. The specific indicators are a mix of federally required metrics (such as English language arts [ELA] and math proficiency) and high school graduation rate, along with state-selected indicators (such as student growth chronic absenteeism). In addition, ISBE proposed four innovative meta-indicators, which are indicators made up of multiple data points that together convey more meaning than they do individually about a particular area.
This page presents information and resources specific to the individual indicators.
A school’s annual summative designation describes how well an individual school is meeting the needs of all its students. The designations recognize schools with strong overall performance across a range of academic and student success indicators. Schools with greatest need receive the most support. The system was amended in 2022, but the indicators and weights did not change.