2010 Academic Improvement Awards
The 2010 Academic Improvement Awards honor 93 schools for substantial gains in performance over the last several years. The awards range across all levels from schools where 26% of the students are meeting the Illinois Learning Standards to schools where 96% are meeting standards. The median state test score for these schools was 71%, which is above the state average.
Located throughout the state, the award winners represent every type of school — large and small; elementary, middle, and high schools; both regular and charter schools; all funding levels; urban, suburban, and rural; and low performing and high performing. They demonstrate that exemplary progress is possible at every level and can be sustained.
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FACTS ABOUT 2010 ACADEMIC IMPROVEMENT AWARDS
Total Number by Year
State and Federal Status
More than 43% of Academic Improvement Award schools made Adequate Yearly Progress this year, a smaller percentage than in recent years when the AYP requirements were lower. By making AYP, these schools are earning release from the sanctions currently imposed by the state and federal designations listed below.
- Choice (5)
- Choice SES (8)
- Corrective (2)
- Academic Early Warning Status (52)
- Academic Watch Status (4)
- Restructuring & Restructuring Implementation (31)
Low-Income Enrollment ("Low-income" is designated by eligibility for free or reduced lunch.)
- 66 schools enroll more than 50% low-income students.
- 20 schools enroll 25-50% low-income students.
- 7 schools enroll 0-25% low-income students.
Geographic Distribution of 93 Academic Improvement Awards
Schools that continue to improve at least 7.5% in performance year after year deserve a special round of applause. Three schools, all in Chicago, won a fourth time: Cather Elementary, Harvard Elementary, and Sherman Elementary. Dett Elementary, Chicago, won the award for the fifth time.
- 13 schools earned both Spotlight Schools and Academic Improvement Awards.