District 163 Schools Win Spotlight Awards

Park Forest, IL-(ENEWSPF)- The Illinois State Board of Education has awarded 2010 Illinois Honor Roll and Spotlight School designation to Mohawk Intermediate Center for the sixth consecutive year, Beacon Hill Primary Center for the fifth consecutive year and 21st Century Preparatory Center for the third consecutive year. The Spotlight School designation recognizes high-poverty, high-performing schools that are beating the odds to overcome the achievement gap.

In noting the 2010 Honor Roll schools in the state, State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch said, “These Honor Roll schools continue to prove that hard work and reform efforts impact student achievement even as the bar to making Adequate Yearly Progress is raised.”

Karon Nolen, principal of Mohawk Intermediate Center, commented, “The hard working staff and students of Mohawk are honored to have achieved the distinction of six years of Illinois Spotlight School status.”

Stephanie Lloyd, principal of 21st Century Preparatory Center, congratulated 21st Century’s staff and students for their effort and hard work. “We will continue to promote excellence in education and achieve success,” she said.

Noting Beacon Hill Primary Center’s fifth year of Spotlight School status, principal Ericka Patterson remarked, “Our accomplishment is due to a model staff that strives to address children’s needs and strengths and continually moves our students beyond the high expectation bar that has been set.”

Superintendent Joyce Carmine congratulated the schools on their Spotlight School designations and commended their staff members and students for their achievements. She noted that not many schools consistently achieve the Spotlight School status for six or more years.  

The criteria for selecting Spotlight Schools are:

  • At least half the students enrolled are classified as low-income students in 2010.
  • Schools must have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the last two years, 2009 and 2010, as required by No Child Left Behind.
  • At least 60 percent of students must have met or exceeded standards in both reading and mathematics in 2010, and at least 50 percent of students met or exceeded those same standards in the two preceding years, 2009 and 2008.