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3 Rockford schools earn spot on 2012 Illinois Honor Roll

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Rockford East High School, Washington Academy, and Swan Hillman Elementary School were all honored by the Illinois State Board of Education with a place on the 2012 Illinois Honor Roll.

East High School won an Academic Improvement Award, becoming the first district high school to win one since the Honor Roll's inception in 2003. East was one of only 19 high schools in the state to receive the award, which honors schools who make substantial gains in performance. For example, East students made a six-point leap in PSAE scores in just one year.

Washington Academy earned an Academic Excellence Award for high performance over the last three years. One hundred percent of Washington students met or exceeding math and reading standards on state tests. This is the seventh year in a row the school has received an academic excellence award.

Swan Hillman Elementary also received an Academic Improvement Award. Students showed an almost nine percent increase in scores on the ISAT from 2011 to 2012.

"These schools show our students can achieve consistently well when you match high expectations with excellent teaching, appropriate support and accountability. And, as East High School demonstrates, it's never too late for students to improve," Interim Superintendent Robert Willis said. "Congratulations to our recognized schools and thanks to all of our schools for aiming higher each and every day."

Over 620 schools made it to the Illinois Honor Roll this year. For more information, visit www.ilhonorroll.niu.edu.

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