The bulk of Illinois schools and school districts are not making adequate yearly progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act, according to the state report card released Tuesday afternoon. This year, 82 percent of school districts and 66 percent of schools failed to make the cut of 85 percent of students meeting or exceeding grade-level performance. This is up from 80 percent of districts and 65 percent of schools not making adequate yearly progress in 2011.
State Board of Education Chairman Gery Chico says making adequate yearly progress was a high hurdle this year. “Only 11 high schools in the state – 11 high schools in the state – made adequate yearly progress,” he said at a news conference this afternoon in Chicago. He mentioned that to note that there are many fine schools in the state and many students getting quality educations as measured by standards other than the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, such as the percentage of students taking and doing well on the ACT or advanced placement tests, he said.
The evaluation process is being revamped and that will be reflected in next year’s results, which are expected to show even fewer students meeting or exceeding standards.