Impact of Illinois teacher shortage hits vulnerable students hardest

By Alex Baptiste Data Analytics Associate A good teacher can be the difference between a student going to college and dropping out of high school. But in Illinois, our most vulnerable students do not always have access to the teachers they so desperately need. A recent survey from the Illinois State Board of Education reveals that […]

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Essence of ESSA: Growth versus proficiency

Academic progress at Zion school shows promise of new system Third and 4th graders at Beulah Park Elementary School in Zion are gaining crucial skills as they make inferences while reading books as varied as Junie B. Jones and a biography of 19th century scientist Mary Anning. Now that progress will be recognized in the […]

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School funding model fixed, now what?

By Anna Schneider Communications Associate After inequitably funding schools for over 20 years, Illinois finally put politics aside, and made a historic move towards bettering the quality of education for 2.1 million kids. On August 31, 2017 Illinois instituted a new, more equitable way of funding schools — an evidence-based model that drives resources to […]

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Thank you for putting kids first

Five years ago, Advance Illinois set out to fix our state’s broken school funding formula, the most inequitable in the country. Thank you to the partners who fought alongside us to put kids first. On Aug. 31, 2017, we finally celebrated success: The new school funding formula signed into law will drive resources to the […]

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Districts make way for KIDS

This article previously appeared in the Illinois Association of School Boards’ Illinois School Board Journal. By Melissa Figueira Policy Associate In the fall of 2017, following successful pilots in districts across the state, the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey, or KIDS, will be implemented in Illinois. So what exactly is KIDS and what does the statewide rollout […]

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KIDS and kindergarten transition: Updates from Early Education

By Alex Baptiste Data Analytics Associate Illinois is taking significant steps to reinvest in early childhood education. Last month, ISBE launched a new page for the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS), an observational tool assessing Kindergarten readiness that will be implemented statewide this coming school year. The General Assembly passed a kindergarten transition bill (HJR […]

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