Illinois schools receive both state and federal designations for their status.
On IIRC, the following icons indicate school status:
| AYP Status
| or Yes
|| Made AYP
| or No
|| Did not make AYP
| State Sanctions||
|| Academic Early Warning means expanded state requirements and services
|| Academic Watch adds more requirements and services; can result in state takeover if school does not improve
| Illinois Honor Roll Awards||
| Spolight Schools
|| High poverty, high performing schools
| Academic Improvement
|| Significant increase in achievement over time
| Academic Excellence
|| Sustained high performance over time
| Federal Sanctions||
| Years in School Improvement
|| Schools that do not make AYP for two years are classified as "in school improvement" and eligible for sanctions.
| CH: Choice
|| Must offer families the choice to move students to more successful schools
| CS: Choice plus Supplemental Educational Services
|| Must offer choice, plus supplemental educational services such as tutoring.
| CA: Corrective Action
|| Schools in corrective action must work with external experts to improve.
| RS: Restructuring
|| Must plan for restructuring if no improvements occur.
State and Federal Sanctions
State and federal sanctions for schools that do not make adequate yearly progress appear with more detail in this
Accountability System Chart.
State Awards - Illinois Honor Roll
The Illinois State Board of Education in partnership with Northern Illinois University delivers three kinds of awards
to recognize schools that demonstrate exemplary academic performance. The Illinois Honor Roll website displays criteria for the awards.
The Illinois State Board of Education gives the
honorary designation "Spotlight Schools" to high poverty, high
performing schools that excel in closing the achievement gap. In 2011, 167 schools in Illinois achieved "Spotlight Schools" status. See list of Spotlight Schools
Criteria for selecting these schools are rigorous. All schools must be making Adequate Yearly Progress. At least half the students are from
low-income families, and at least 70% must be passing the state achievement tests in both reading and mathematics. Located
throughout the state in urban, suburban, and rural locations, the Spotlight
Schools exhibit achievements that are contrary to the conventional wisdom that
test scores will reflect demographics despite local efforts. They demonstrate
that low-income students and schools with limited resources can show impressive
Improvement Awards recognized 114 schools in 2011 that have sustained an upward
trend in test scores for at least two years and showed a 7.5 point increase over the prior year or a 15 point increase over the prior two years.
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; low-performing
and high-performing. They demonstrate that exemplary progress is possible at
every level and can be sustained over time.
See list of Academic Improvement Award schools
Excellence Awards honored 438 schools that have sustained a high level of
achievement for at least two years. In
elementary schools, at least 90% of students met or exceeded state standards. At the high school level, 80% of students passed the Prairie State
Achievement Exam over three years.
See map of school locations. Just over 10% are schools for the gifted and
talented. All others are regular public schools that achieve and maintain academic excellence that meets or exceeds the
best in the U.S.
All Academic Excellence schools achieved Adequate Yearly Progress for the last three years.