Saunemin Elementary School Receives COMMENDABLE Designation from ISBE

Saunemin Elementary School Identified for Greater Funding and Supports

School designations create opportunity to build on strengths and close gaps in service to students

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today released designations for every school in the state. The designations provide a public benchmark of each school’s progress toward the goal of preparing all students for success in college and career. Schools identified as Lowest-Performing or Underperforming will receive additional federal funding and participate in the collaborative, school-led IL-EMPOWER improvement process.

Saunemin Elementary School has a designation of COMMENDABLE. The state’s new support and accountability system evaluates schools based on a fuller picture of school quality, including the performance of individual student groups and measures beyond test scores. Like the state’s new Evidence-Based Funding formula, the support and accountability system drives resources to improve student outcomes to the schools in the greatest need of increased support. 

Saunemin Elementary School’s data for the 2017 - 2018 school year is show below.

Illinois Report Card Highlights

Lowest-Performing and Underperforming schools have a powerful opportunity to participate in the school-led IL-EMPOWER improvement process. IL-EMPOWER provides schools with choice and voice in how to improve. IL-EMPOWER begins with a collaborative local needs assessment utilizing the IL Quality Framework and its Supporting Rubric. The process includes additional federal funding, ISBE school support managers, and the school’s choice of professional learning partners to work with on local improvement needs. IL-EMPOWER also offers opportunities to learn from other schools and districts. 

Dr. Christopher J. Maier, Ed.D., Superintendent of Saunemin Community Consolidated School District #438 said, "We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of our students and staff for their academic success during the last school year.  The District was able to capitalize on a number of resources to provide additional supports to students who are struggling in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics over the course of the school year.  As a District, we are doing a phenominal job of identifying students who need additional resources throughout the school day.  We continue to utilize current student academic data to fuel our decision making process as a teaching team." 

The IL-EMPOWER process and additional federal funding will maximize new opportunities to support students and build on existing strengths.

Learn more about the school designations at and about Saunemin Elementary School’s current performance at