Equity Dashboard demonstrates of impact of new funding formula

We are thrilled to share with you our Equity Dashboard, a new data tool that shows Illinois’ progress toward equitable and adequate funding for all school districts. The Equity Dashboard, the latest release since we launched our Data Desk last year, takes our data visualizations to a new level, analyzing and using the new funding […]

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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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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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