Orrington Elementary School was given high honors by the Illinois State Board of Education this week.
The Evanston-Skokie School District 65 school was among 454 Illinois schools schools to be recognized as a 2012 Illinois Honor Roll Academic Excellence Award winner. The school was honored for sustaining high academic performances for the past three years.
According to the Illinois State Board of Education, schools that receive the Academic Excellence Award must have at least 90 percent of elementary and middle students meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and math for three straight years. At the high school level, at least 85 percent of the students must meet or exceed standards on the Prairie State Achievement Exam given in 2010-2012.
“Teachers, principals, and the support staff in our schools are to be commended,” Superintendent Hardy Murphy said in a release. “Most importantly, we commend our students for continuing to demonstrate high levels of achievement on state assessments and for the high percentages of them who are meeting academic growth targets on the Measure of Academic Performance (MAP) tests.”