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Summative designations help families and communities understand how well schools are serving all students. Illinois has four summative designations: Exemplary School, Commendable School, Targeted School, and Comprehensive School. Targeted schools and Comprehensive schools receive additional funding and supports to build local capacity and improve student outcomes. Multiple measures of school performance and growth determine a school’s designation. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to provide a summative designation to each school with the required indicators, beginning in 2018. ISBE includes school designations annually in the Illinois Report Card at www.illinoisreportcard.com.​

State Plan Amendment Submitted to ED

One of the conditions Illinois accepted to receive the 2021 full waiver of accountability, including the 95 percent testing requirement, was a requirement to issue new summative designations usin​g data from school year (SY) 2021-22 (the current academic year). The multi-measures accountability system will not work as approved with spring 2022 and 2021 prior data. This amendment:

  • Adjusts the calculation and/or scoring rules for some indicators,
  • Delays the implementation of the meta-indicators,
  • Establishes criteria under which schools designated in 2022 could exit support status early, and
  • Makes various non-substantive updates to the text of the plan to reflect changes in implementation since the plan was approved in 2017.

Illinois submitted the following amendment to its State Plan to the US Department of Education on January 31, 2022.

 Accountability 2022

Accountability - Adjustments Necessary to Issue New Designations in 2022

  • ELA & math proficiency: Use the SY2020-21 (2021) data to set new targets by grade span (i.e., 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 11) for all students enrolled in SY2020-21 in grades K-12. Use SY2022-23 (2023) data to set new targets for all students who enter kindergarten in SY2021-22 and after. 
  • Science proficiency: Substitute participation rates for proficiency rates in 2022. Participation rates of 95% or higher receive 100 points. Participation rates below 75% receive 0 points. The remaining 100 points are distributed proportionally between 95% and 75% .
  • English Learner Progress to Proficiency: Add an additional year to the timeline of all students who were ELs in SY2020-21, and score a student using the higher of 2022 - 2021 (prior) or 2022 - 2020 (prior). Exclude all students who were newly identified as an EL in SY2020-21 from the calculation.
  • Student Growth: Use the higher of either a cohort reference or baseline referenced student growth percentile.
  • Chronic absenteeism: Award bonus points that incentivize improvement to chronic absenteeism. If the 2022 rated declined from 2021 by more than 7.5%, award 25% bonus. If 2022 declined from 2021 between 5.01% and 7.5%, award 20% bonus. If 2022 declined from 2021 between 2.51% and 5%, award 15% bonus. If 2022 declined from 2021 between .01% to 2.5%, award 10% bonus. If the 2022 rate of chronic absenteeism did not decline from 2021, consider its proximity to the rate of chronic absenteeism in 2019. If 2022 is no more than 5% greater than the rate in 2019, award a 5% bonus.​
  • Composite 4-, 5-, and 6-year graduation rate: No changes.
  • Climate survey: No changes.
  • 9th graders on track: No changes.
  • Meta-indicators (i.e., College and Career Readiness, P-2, Elementary/Middle, Fine Arts): Delay till 2025
  • Option to exit status early: Schools eligible for early exit include:
    • Schools missing a pre-identified amount of data (e.g., with assessment rates for all or one or more student demographic groups below 70%).  Schools will be exited if 2023 rates of participation are ≥95% and the 2023 designation is commendable or exemplary.
    • Newly identified schools whose 2019 index score was ≥70.5 if an elementary school, ≥74.5 if a high school (e.g., schools in the top 30% of the state). Schools will be exited if the 2023 designation is commendable or exemplary; otherwise, they remain in status based on their 2023 designation.
    • Schools that have had a 30% or more change to the enrollments of the all student or one or more student demographic groups from 2019 (e.g., 2019 enrollment ± 2019 enrollment*.3).  Schools will be exited if changes to enrollments from 2022 to 2023 are within the 30% margin and the 2023 designation is commendable or exemplary; otherwise, they remain in status based on their 2023 designation.

Review the Changes

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 2020 Official Summative Designation

 2021 Official Summative Designation

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