Two Illinois schools to be recognized as National Distinguished Schools

SPRINGFIELD –Two Illinois schools with a high percentage of children in poverty will be honored for their academic gains next month during the National Title I Association's annual conference.

Highland Elementary School in Skokie School District 68 and HH Conrady Jr. High School in North Palos School District 117 will be among schools across the nation honored for serving students in poverty and achieving academic success.

The National Title I Association allows each state to select one qualifying school in each of the following two categories:

  1. High Performing - A school that has exceeded its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) – or alternative accountability criteria for those states with ESEA Flexibility Requests approved by the U.S. Department of Education - for two or more years.
  2. Achievement Gap - A school that has significantly closed the achievement gap between subgroups of students.
Results were based on scores of the state's previous test, the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), which measured the achievement of third- through eighth-graders in reading and mathematics and measured achievement in science among fourth- and seventh-graders. Illinois is replacing the ISAT with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams this school year.

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