Deputy Director Ben Boer discusses Illinois School Report Card on The 21st

Our Deputy Director Ben Boer joined “The 21st” for an interview on the Illinois School Report Card that aired on public radio stations across the state on Nov. 3. The report card provides relevant data to families and educators for every school in the state. Listen to audio from the interview, and click here to read […]

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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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Making the most of 2017 Illinois Report Card data

By Melissa Figueira Policy Associate Several years ago, Advance Illinois helped spearhead an effort to revamp the way the Illinois Report Card displayed data about the state’s 2 million public school students. In 2013, the report cards got a much-needed makeover. Now, they are among the highest quality reports of their kind in the entire […]

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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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Advance Illinois receives Game Changer of the Year award at industry summit

Thanks to our partners! #piesummit17 @IllinoisStand #e4echi @IllinoisASA @iasbo @ctbaonline @FundILFuture @TeachPlusChi #sb1_947 pic.twitter.com/8bVKQgXOXn — Advance Illinois (@advanceillinois) October 27, 2017 Advance Illinois received industry recognition last night for its five-year campaign toward school funding reform. The Policy Innovators in Education Network, which includes 77 organizations in 34 states, named Advance Illinois its Game Changer […]

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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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Illinois enacts historic school funding reform

Illinois is on the verge of having a new school funding formula, thanks to the Senate’s passage of a compromise bill yesterday. SB1947 garnered a bipartisan supermajority of 38 votes in the Senate, and the bill will now be sent to Gov. Rauner, who has said he will sign it. The bill fixes the nation’s […]

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Urban Institute report shows Illinois’ school funding system is most regressive in the nation, has remained regressive since 1995

Yet another study shows that Illinois spends more money to educate wealthier students than it does to educate low-income students and that its school funding system is the most regressive in the nation. Urban Institute, one of the country’s leading research institutions, reports Illinois is one of the few states whose funding has remained regressive since 1995. […]

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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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