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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.​

 Accountability in 2021

​Much is still unknown about how accountability will play out in 2021. However, ISBE has submitted an addendum to its currently approved ESSA plan that serves as a contingency plan if assessment and accountability requirements are not waived in 2021. This addendum is non-binding and if additional flexibilities, including the option to waive assessments becomes available, this addendum would no longer apply. Keeping these caveats in mind, the submitted addendum materials as well as informational resources are linked below.​

 2021 Official Summative Designation

 2020 Official Summative Designation

 Presentations and Webinars

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