Updated: March 25, 2013 6:12AM
More than 30 Southland schools are among 624 that have been named to the Illinois State Board of Education’s 2012 Honor Roll.
The program is based on the previous spring’s state standardized tests and demographic information.
Schools were honored as “spotlight schools” or for academic improvement or academic excellence. Spotlight Schools are those in which at least half the students were classified as low-income in 2012, and the school made Adequate Yearly Progress for the last two years, 2010 and 2011, as required by No Child Left Behind law.
Spotlight schools include Arcadia Elementary, Olympia Fields; Beacon Hill Primary Center, Chicago Heights; Coretta Scott King Magnet School, University Park; Ernest Kolb Elementary, Oak Lawn; Glen Oaks Elementary, Hickory Hills; Hickory Bend Elementary, Glenwood; Matteson Elementary, Matteson; Sieden Prairie Elementary, Matteson; and Spaulding Elementary, Midlothian.
Those receiving Academic Improvement Awards had to show improvement of at least 7.5 points in composite state test scores in reading and mathematics between 2011 and 2012, or showed improvement of at least 15 points in composite state test scores in reading and mathematics between 2010 and 2012, and showed an upward trend in state test results.
Schools that earned that award were George Washington Elementary, Alsip; Roosevelt Elementary, Chicago Heights; and Sykuta School in Country Club Hills.
Academic Excellence Awards recognized schools that have sustained very high academic performance over at least three years.
They included: Arbury Hills, Mokena; Arcadia Elementary, Olympia Fields; Arnold Kruse Education Center, Prairie Elementary, and Centennial School, all in Orland Park District 135; Chippewa Elementary, Navajo Heights Elementary and Independence Junior High, all in Palos District 128; Frankfort Square Elementary and Mary Drew Elementary Schools in Summit Hill District 161; Prairie View Middle School and Millenium Elementary, both in Tinley Park District 140.
Also, Coretta Scott King Magnet School, University Park; Nelson Prairie School, New Lenox; Oak Ridge Elementary, Palos Hills; Palos West Elementary, Palos Park; Western Avenue Elementary, Flossmoor; and William J. Butler School, Lockport.
Susan DeMar Lafferty