The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires each state to create a plan to ensure all children receive a high-quality education that prepares them for college and careers. As part of the Illinois ESSA plan, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will evaluate every Illinois preK-8 school on eight indicators: English-language arts academic growth (25%); math academic growth (25%); English-language arts proficiency (7.5%); math proficiency (7.5%); science proficiency (5%); English learner progress to proficiency (5%); chronic absenteeism (20%); and climate survey participation (5%). Learn more about these indicators.

ISBE uses data from these indicators to give each school a summative designation, or a rating, in one of four tiers. The tiers are: Exemplary School (Tier I), Commendable School (Tier 2), Underperforming School (Tier 3) and Lowest Performing School (Tier 4). Learn more about school designations.


ISBE shared 2020 school designation information as part of the 2020 Illinois School Report Card, which was published on Friday, Oct. 30.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State awarded schools the same designation in 2020 that they earned in 2019.

More than 50% of District 58’s 13 schools earned an “Exemplary” rating, ISBE’s top designation. Locally, 27% of DuPage County elementary and middle schools earned an Exemplary rating. In addition, the remaining six District 58 schools earned a “Commendable” rating, the State’s second highest designation. This rating is awarded to schools with zero underperforming subgroups that are not among the top 10 percent of schools.

District 58’s School Designations:

  • Belle Aire: Commendable
  • El Sierra: Commendable
  • Fairmount: Exemplary
  • Henry Puffer: Exemplary
  • Highland: Commendable
  • Hillcrest: Exemplary
  • Indian Trail: Commendable
  • Kingsley: Exemplary
  • Lester: Exemplary
  • Pierce Downer: Exemplary
  • Whittier: Exemplary
  • Herrick Middle: Commendable
  • O’Neill Middle: Commendable

The Illinois Report Card also includes metrics on every Illinois school, including student growth, school funding and demographics. The report card also includes site-based expenditures — how much money each district spends per student at individual schools.

Learn more about ESSA in District 58:

2018-19 School Year ESSA Information: