Extreme Makeover: Illinois Schools Edition

Illinois is among the states in the nation with the highest percentage of schools in need of improvements.

Ever since the No Child Left Behind Act was implemented in early 2002, states have been required to establish definitions of "adequate yearly progress" for schools that receive any federal funding. If a school does not meet the adequate standards for two years in a row, it gets designated as a school "in need of improvement." 

We took data from the U.S. Department of Education to look at which schools make up the top of the list. Surprise, surprise, there's a familiar state on it. That's right, Illinois is in the top five of states with the most schools in need of improvement.

And, to be frank, the percentage of schools in need of improvement in Illinois is depressing. 


The views expressed in this post are those of Reboot Illinois and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch or its editors.

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RL February 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Considering each state sets its own passing rate and assessment under NCLB, this reporter is either intentionally misleading or just hasn't done any research. This list comparing states is comparing apples and oranges. It amazes me how people with no knowledge of any of this have such strong opinions.
Pedro B February 15, 2014 at 03:20 PM
Phaedrus> You feel IL is the most liberal state in the union?!? Apparently you haven't traveled much, even within the state. Without greater Chicago, it barely qualifies. Here's a question for you- what's a fair salary for an experienced public school teacher in an expensive metro area(?)
Phaedrus Pirsig February 15, 2014 at 05:25 PM
Pedro, Progressive politics rule the roost in Illinois because of Chicago, and the rest of the conservative state must suffer under it's well intentioned but destructive values. So Ed's comment, which I think was pointed Federally, made little sense. I have no problem with the salaries, just the voting in of politician's that promise unreasonable pension obligations that bankrupt the state. Pension's that want to tax my hard earned non-pensioned finances to unreasonable levels. They are talking of doubling property taxes because of it. Pedro do want your neighbors property taxes doubled?
George Murphy February 15, 2014 at 08:45 PM
BOTTOM LINE: (And after reading these posts) we have ruined this great gift of a nation. All of our cities, farmland, waterways and other resources are on a course of destruction. Nothing against the posts - they're very good; however, the Lord spoke of the destruction of the Nation of Israel when his laws and statutes were not adhered to by the people. It was not really punishment; rather it was slow demise because the people were cutting off their only life line. The prophets were constantly warning them that their homes would become haunts for jackals, their fields would dry up, and eventually they would be driven out of their own land by foreigners. America is right there. Look at what we once had, and now look at what we no longer have as a result of our unfaithfulness. Recommend


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