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ISBE’s statewide school accountability system that utilizes multiple measures of school and student performance. The multiple measures includes both academic and Student Success and School Quality (SSSQ) indicators. These measures help create a holistic index score that is used to identify a school’s annual summative designation.

Summative designations help families and communities understand how well schools are serving all students. Illinois has four summative designations within the statewide school accountability system: Exemplary, Commendable, Targeted, Comprehensive & Intensive. Targeted, Comprehensive, and Intensive schools receive additional funding and supports to build local capacity and improve student outcomes. The federal Every Student Succeeds Act has required states to provide a summative designation to each school with the required indicators since 2018. ISBE includes school designations annually in the Illinois Report Card. 

The Illinois Balanced Accountability Measure Committee and the Technical Advisory Committee help ISBE develop, implement, and monitor the state’s school accountability system, including summative designations. More information on summative designation resources and processes can be found on the Individual Indicators page, or under Resources, Presentations & Webinars below.​

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Accountability and School Improvement - The Four Annual Summative Designations

Schools receive an annual summative designation on the Illinois Report Card. The designation is based on the school’s overall data for all of the accountability indicators, as well as the data for individual student groups.​​​​​​


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