Rockford’s Washington Gifted, Lewis Lemon schools named to Illinois Honor Roll
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Two Rockford Public School District 205 schools — Washington Gifted Academy and Lewis Lemon Elementary School — have been named to the 2011 Illinois Honor Roll and are being recognized by the State Board of Education for efforts to achieve academic excellence.
Washington received the Academic Excellence Award for sustained high performance for at least three years.
Elementary and middle schools in the excellence category must have 90 percent of students meeting or exceeding state standards in both reading and math. In 2011, all Washington students met or exceeded proficiency levels on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test.
Lewis Lemon earned an Academic Improvement Award for the school’s efforts to boost student performance. Over the past three years, ISAT scores at Lewis Lemon have continued to increase from 49.3 percent of students meeting standards in 2009 to 52.6 percent in 2010 and 62 percent last year.
State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico said: “These Honor Roll schools continue to prove that hard work and reform efforts impact student performance. Community members can and should celebrate their local schools’ success. Behind each school’s success is an untold story of extraordinary passion and dedication on behalf of administrators, teachers, parents and students. We commend each school for its commitment to improvement and excellence.”
Across the state, 438 schools were recognized with Academic Excellence Awards. Academic Improvement Awards went to 114 schools. Recognition is based on standardized test scores and demographic information.
For more details, visit www.ilhonorroll.niu.edu.
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