Head of the class: 11 area schools receive top grade on state report cards

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CHAMPAIGN — Eleven high-performing area schools have been classified as “exemplary” on their annual report cards, released Monday morning by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Topping the list: Monticello High, the lone area school to receive the state’s highest designation all five years that ISBE has been summarizing schools’ performance with a one-word designation.

“Exemplary” status goes to schools with an overall performance in the top 10 percent statewide and no underperforming student groups in ISBE’s formula, which includes academic proficiency, chronic absenteeism and graduation rates.

Of the 11 area schools receiving the highest marks, five were repeat selections from a year ago:

— Bement Middle School

— Fisher Junior/Senior High

— Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley Middle School

— Monticello High

— St. Joseph-Ogden High, for the fourth time in five years

The six area schools that moved up a rung on their report cards, from “commendable” to “exemplary”:

— Cerro Gordo Elementary

— Cissna Park Junior High

— Mahomet-Seymour High

— Prairieview-Ogden Junior High, for the fourth time in five years.

— St. Joseph Middle School

— Watseka Junior High

The 11 area schools honored are three more than last year.

Here are the five designations available and how ISBE defines each:

— Exemplary: Schools performing in the top 10 percent of schools statewide with no underperforming student groups.

— Commendable: A school that has no underperforming student groups, a graduation rate greater than 67 percent, and whose performance is not in the top 10 percent of schools statewide.

— Targeted: A school in which one or more student groups is performing at or below the level of the “all students” group in the lowest performing 5 percent of schools.

— Comprehensive: A school that is in the lowest-performing 5 percent Title I eligible schools in Illinois, those high schools that have a graduation rate of less than 67 percent or less, and those schools that have completed a full Targeted Support school improvement cycle, where the performance of one or more of the originally Targeted student groups remains at or below the level of the “all students” group in the lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I eligible schools at the end of the four-year improvement cycle. Schools in Comprehensive Support shall receive comprehensive services.

— Intensive: A school that has completed a full Comprehensive Support school improvement cycle, but whose performance remains in the lowest-performing 5 percent Title I eligible schools in Illinois or is a high school that has a graduation rate of less than 67 percent or less at the end of the four-year improvement cycle.

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