NEWS

For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nearly 1,000 schools recognized for academic excellence on 2008 Illinois Honor Roll


Annual list shows continued academic achievement; Number of consistently high-performing schools doubled to 388 in past year

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) announced today that 989 schools made the Illinois Honor Roll for their continued academic progress. The 2008 honor roll includes nearly 100 schools that are being recognized for the fifth or sixth consecutive year. All of these outstanding schools are being honored for their accomplishments in making progress toward or maintaining academic excellence.

“This list of schools is inspiring and significant,’’ said State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch. “We have teachers, administrators, students and community members to thank for the hard work that leads to academic improvement and consistent high performance.’’

The Interactive Illinois Report Card (IIRC) at NIU worked with the 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 2008 honor roll roster includes elementary, middle and high schools, including charter schools, and represents 345 school districts statewide. Suburban schools represent 43 percent of the Honor Roll schools, downstate schools account for another 40 percent and Chicago schools make up the final 17 percent this year. The 989 schools earned a total of 1,040 awards in the three categories.

The number of Academic Excellence awards more than doubled in 2008, rising from 166 to 388.

Top Ten Award-Winning Districts



District Awards Winning Schools Total District Schools

City of Chicago 299

181
169
576

Indian Prairie 204

18
18
29

Decatur 61

17
13
20

Naperville 203

15
15
21

Springfield 186

15
13
31

East St. Louis 189

14
13
19

Dolton 148

11
07
10

Elgin 46

10
10
55

St. Charles 303

11
11
17

Wheaton 200

11
11
19

Other 2008 Illinois Honor Roll facts:

A complete listing of the 2008 Illinois Honor Roll Schools can be found online at http://www.ilhonorroll.niu.edu/