News

For Immediate Release
February 23, 2010

Nearly 1,000 schools recognized for academic excellence on 2009 Illinois Honor Roll


Annual list shows continued academic achievement;
Number of consistently high-performing schools increased to 438 in past year

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) announced today that 975 schools made the Illinois Honor Roll for their continued academic progress. The 2009 honor roll includes more than 90 schools that are being recognized for the sixth or seventh consecutive year. All of these outstanding schools are being honored for their accomplishments in making progress toward or maintaining academic excellence.

"These Honor Roll schools include struggling schools that have undertaken large reform efforts as well as high-performing schools that have maintained excellence even as the bar to making Adequate Yearly Progress grows higher," said State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch. "This kind of achievement requires nothing less than sheer hard work and dedication on the part of administrators, teachers, parents and students."

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 2009 honor roll roster includes elementary, middle and high schools, including charter  schools, and represents 362 school districts statewide. Suburban schools represent 42  percent of the Honor Roll schools, downstate schools account for another 44 percent and Chicago schools make up the final 14 percent this year. The 975 schools earned a total of 1,110 awards in the three categories.

District Awards Winning Schools Total District Schools

City of Chicago 299

150
139
606
Indian Prairie 204
18
18
29

Naperville 203

17
17
21
East St. Louis 189
15
13
20
St. Charles 303
11
11
17
Wheaton 200
11
11
19
Peoria 150
10
9
29

Other 2009 Illinois Honor Roll facts:

A complete listing of the 2009 Illinois Honor Roll Schools can be found online at: http://www.ilhonorroll.niu.edu/