VALORIE EVERSOLE - Daily Union Reporter
SHELBYVILLE, IL. —
Windsor Elementary School was named among the 2012 Illinois Spotlight Schools according the the Illinois State Board of Education.
“We’re really excited to received this recognition,” said Windsor superintendent Sharon Keck. “The staff and students have worked very hard to make it a success.”
“Our focus has been on meeting the needs of all students not just ones aove or below the mainstream,” said Windsor Elementary principal Cynthia Bankson. “We believe that each student’s education is valuable and we focus on individual students.”
The Illinois State Board of Education recognizes Spotlight Schools — high-poverty schools where high academic performance is closing the “achievement gap.” Located throughout the state in urban, suburban, and rural locations, 105 Spotlight Schools earned honors in this year. These schools exhibit achievements that are contrary to the conventional wisdom that test scores will reflect demographics despite local efforts.
Criteria for selecting Spotlight Schools are rigorous. All schools must be making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), which requires that at least 85% of the students must pass the state achievement tests in both reading and mathematics. At least half of the students in each school are from low-income families. As the AYP requirements continued to rise, the number of schools achieving this award leveled off in 2008 and has declined in succeeding years.
“Our goal is to continue to meet and exceed the state standards by the same percentages as last year. We’re working hard on that right now,” Bankson said.
ISAT (Illinois Standards Achievement Test) testing at Windsor Elementary is scheduled for March 4-15.