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Illinois 2019 school report card released: Find your school’s ratings

See which Illinois public schools are “exemplary,” “commendable,” “under performing” and “lowest performing.”

Students at Elmwood Elementary School in Elmwood Park on Oct. 28, 2010. (File photo)
Students at Elmwood Elementary School in Elmwood Park on Oct. 28, 2010. (File photo)
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Every year, the Illinois State Board of Education releases a report that shows how the state, school districts and individual public schools progressed on a variety of goals.

The interactive data analysis below contains school data from that report, which was released Oct. 30, for the counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will. It also includes each school’s state designations into one of four ratings:

  • Exemplary: These schools perform in the top 10% of all schools. If they are high schools, they have a graduation rate higher than 67%. These schools also have no student groups (such as low-income students, English learners, or students with disabilities) that are performing at or below students at the state’s lowest-ranked schools.
  • Commendable: These schools have no student groups that are performing at or below students at the state’s lowest-ranked schools, and if they are high schools, they have a graduation rate of higher than 67%.
  • Under performing: These schools have at least one student group (and have at least 20 students in that group) that are performing at or below students at the state’s lowest-ranked schools in at least four areas of academic and school-quality indicators, showing an achievement gap between groups of students at the school.
  • Lowest performing: These schools are the lowest-performing 5% of schools that are eligible to receive federal funding due to a large concentration of low-income students, and/or were high schools with a graduation rate at or below 67%.

To learn more about the designations, read the state board’s primer here.

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Source: Preliminary Illinois State Board of Education 2019 Report Card data.

Data analysis and design by Andy Boyle and Caroline Hurley.

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