News

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2011

Illinois’ 2010 Honor Roll recognizes more than 830 schools for academic excellence



Annual list shows continued academic achievement;
Number of consistently high-performing schools increased to 459 in past year

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) announced today that 834 schools made the Illinois Honor Roll for their continued academic progress. The 2010 honor roll includes 71 schools that are being recognized for the seventh or eighth consecutive years. All of these outstanding schools are being honored for their accomplishments in making progress toward or maintaining academic excellence.

“These Honor Roll schools continue to prove that hard work and reform efforts impact student achievement even as the bar to making Adequate Yearly Progress is raised,” said State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch. “We hope administrators, teachers, parents, students and community members can celebrate their local schools’ success.”

Northern Illinois University worked with ISBE to establish criteria, identify winners of the awards and administer the Illinois Honor Roll, which is divided into three categories – Spotlight Schools; Academic Excellence and Academic Improvement. Each award has unique criteria that best reflect the diverse circumstances of Illinois schools.

The 2010 Honor Roll roster includes elementary, middle and high schools, and represents 364 school districts statewide. Downstate schools represent 45 percent of the Honor Roll schools, suburban schools represent 43 percent and Chicago schools make up the final 12 percent this year. There were a total of 852 awards in the three categories.

District
Awards
Winning Schools
Total District Schools
City of Chicago 299
109
103
611
Indian Prairie 204
17
17
31
Naperville 203
16
16
21
Schaumburg  54
12
12
27
Peoria 150
10
10
27

Other 2010 Illinois Honor Roll facts:

A complete listing of the 2010 Illinois Honor Roll Schools can be found online at http://www.ilhonorroll.niu.edu
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