Annually, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) honors elementary schools that earn Academic Excellence. For the first time in our history, our community can celebrate that every District 96 elementary and middle school earned 2009 Academic Excellence recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education.

What is required for a school to earn ISBE Academic Excellence recognition? The school must have 90 percent of students meeting or exceeding state standards in both reading and math for 3 consecutive years, as well as have earned Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the current and previous year. Earning AYP requires a 95 percent participation rate in state assessments for all students in each enrollment subgroup and an attendance rate of at least 90 percent.

The addition of Country Meadows Elementary to the Illinois Academic Excellence Honor Roll, which includes 438 schools across the state, is still more compelling evidence that our teachers and faculty are using benchmarks, common assessments, interventions, and best practices effectively to support learning for every District 96 student.

Congratulations, students and faculty of Woodlawn, Twin Groves, Prairie, Kildeer Countryside, Ivy Hall, and Country Meadows!