FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2003
Blue Ribbon Schools Nominated
Springfield – The State Board of Education has
nominated 16 Illinois schools for the national No Child Left
Behind -- Blue Ribbon Schools Program. K-12 schools were selected
for showing academic excellence or for demonstrating dramatic
gains in student achievement.
This program honors schools that have done a good job preparing
their students to meet today’s challenges by showing
outstanding academic improvement,” said State Superintendent
Schools showing improvement in reading and mathematics include:
Brown Elementary School, East St. Louis; Colchester Elementary;
Dale Elementary; Eastview Elementary, Canton; Henry Raab Elementary,
Belleville; and Shiloh Elementary, Hume.
Schools in the top 10 percent for reading and mathematics
performance include: Charter Oak Primary School, Peoria; Dirksen
Elementary, Pekin; Frank C. Whiteley Elementary, Hoffman Estates;
Henking Elementary, Glenview; Lyon Elementary, Glenview; Medora
Riverdale Elementary, Rock Falls; Roosevelt Elementary, Belleville;
Silas Willard Elementary, Galesburg and Yates City Elementary
The Blue Ribbon program requires schools to have at least
a 40 percent disadvantaged student population and to have
dramatically improved on state assessments or schools to score
in the top 10 percent on state assessments.
Schools who wish to be considered for the national honor
must complete an application by March 7 and submit to the
US Department of Education. Winners will be announced in May.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program focuses on results and recognizes
schools nationwide who have strived to make significant progress
in closing the achievement gap and whose students achieve
at the highest levels.