Too many low-income students are being left behind

November 30, 2016: Low-income students remain academically well behind their wealthier peers and are less likely to complete a postsecondary degree, according to our biennial report, The State We’re In 2016-2017. Only 20% of low-income Illinois 4th graders are reading proficient, 35 percentage points lower than their more affluent peers.

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Keeping up with the Illinois Learning Standards and PARCC




In 2010, Illinois adopted new learning standards for math and English Language Arts designed to prepare students for college and career success. With new standards come new assessments. PARCC debuted in Illinois in 2015.  Visit Real Learning for Real Life for the latest news about Illinois standards and assessments.
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Funding IL’s Future Works To Improve School Funding

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Over 230 organizations are part of Funding Illinois’ Future, a coalition of educators and advocates committed to fair funding for Illinois schools.

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60 by 25 Network

The Illinois 60 by 2025 Network is a network of communities in Illinois that are committed to the goal of ensuring that 60% of all adults have a college or career credential by 2025. This network is designed to meet the needs of communities that are working together to provide rigorous, real world learning in and out of the classroom.

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Blog: Doing more with less in Sandoval

January 23, 2017: Its test scores qualify Sandoval as a “low-performing” priority school district yet the district doesn’t have the funds needed to retain teachers, offer social supports, or provide art, physical education or AP classes.

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Why ESSA matters

In 2015, Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to develop an accountability system, providing data on students’ performance and giving schools, educators and parents the tools and information they need to help improve instruction and raise achievement for all students. Illinois’ ESSA plan should be fair, clear and supportive, without unfairly penalizing schools.

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