Local Schools Named to State Academic Honor Roll

Schools in Grayslake, Libertyville and Vernon Hills were given the honor for sustaining high academic performance for three consecutive years.

Several local schools have been given high honors by the Illinois State Board of Education this week. Eight schools have been named to the Academic Honor Roll and given the 2012 Academic Excellence Award.

The following schools are among 454 Illinois schools receiving the award, along with the percent of students who met or exceeded standards:

School Town Meets/Exceeds 2012 Meets/Exceeds 2011 Meets/Exceeds 2010 Prairie Crossing Charter School Grayslake 97 96.5 95.8 Meadowview Grayslake 93 93.7 92.5 Adler Park Libertyville 92 94.2 93.1 Butterfield Libertyville 96 95.7 94.9 Copeland Manor Libertyville 96 96.7 96.5 Rockland Libertyville 97 94.4 94 Aspen Elementary Vernon Hills 96 93.9 96.5

The schools honored all sustained high academic performances over the past three years.

According to the Illinois State Board of Education, schools that receive the Academic Excellence Award must have at least 90 percent of elementary and middle students meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and math for three straight years. At the high school level, at least 85 percent of the students must meet or exceed standards on the Prairie State Achievement Exam given in 2010-2012. 

Terri January 29, 2013 at 09:23 PM
And demographics count
Sully January 29, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Ah. Thanks! And I totally agree!
Terri January 29, 2013 at 09:56 PM
Gets better...let me tell you another way districts use test scores. If a school doesn't meet AYP, and the district is required to give parents choice, they need to notify the parents in the fall. Our BOE, in their infinite wisdom, sent the notification scheduled for delivery right in the middle of the strike...4 1/2 months late. Any conspiracy theorists out there?
Sully January 30, 2013 at 12:26 AM
You don't have to convince me, Terri. Districts all over the country are misusing these tests. They are not developed for the way they're being used. Some districts in other states were pitting schools against schools and teachers against teachers by giving bonuses to the staffs that made their pre-assigned goals. If one teacher's scores caused the whole school to not get their bonuses, what do you think that does to morale and camaraderie? It was inevitable that some teachers and schools would resort to cheating.
Hasthreelittledudes January 30, 2013 at 06:16 PM
As a non-tutoring, proudly Cheezit-serving parent of 3 Prairie Crossing Charter students, I'm disappointed to read your remarks. Before entering PCCS ( by lottery) my oldest had wonderful experiences in District 50. Educators were wonderful at identifying needs of the diverse group of learners and responding accordingly. Our decision to change schools was made largely by proximity, not because of school-wide testing results. Any D50 child can attend and PCCS goes out of it's way to assist in transportation for those choosing to enroll. PCCS does serve D50 students ( but alas, does not serve organic lunches...)


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