Adults with Postsecondary Degrees/Credentials

WE NEED
TO DO MORE
TO BE READY
FOR 2025

Adults with Postsecondary Degrees/Credentials

Illinois needs a strong education system to ensure the economic vitality of the state and our competitiveness nationally and internationally. A strong education system is a fundamental right: every child deserves a high-quality education. As poverty has grown, we are at a critical juncture: the state must invest in its lowest-income and most vulnerable students to prepare the workforce of 2025 and remain competitive. As we show in this report, business as usual will not get us there. We will have to expand current strategies, adopt new ones, hold ourselves accountable and partner with communities to reach our goals for 2025.

Advance Illinois provides this analysis to inform decision-makers at the state and local level. We believe there are three vital steps the state must take now:

Make sure the neediest students have the resources they need

Fix our last-in-the-nation, inequitable K-12 funding formula

Finish the building blocks for our K-12 system

Foster a fair, clear and supportive system to report school performance and offer supports to help schools—and students—succeed

Recognize and celebrate collaborative efforts of communities, and encourage others to join

Share models that inspire investment in and expansion of community-driven change

In the next two years, we hope to report real progress toward the 60 by 25 goal. Let’s come together to make sure Illinois is on the fast track to educational success by 2025

POSTSECONDARY ATTAINMENT FOR ADULTS 25+ BY COUNTY

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