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Governor:Bruce Rauner
Superintendent of Education:Tony Smith
Quality Counts state grade:C+
Pre-K-12 enrollment:2,050,239
Number of school districts:1,071
Number of public schools:4,257
Number of public school teachers:132,456
Unadjusted education spending per student:$13,077
Percent minority students:50.6%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:54.1%
Percent of students with disabilities:14.4%
Percent of English-language learners:9.3%
NAEP Mathematics 2015 percent proficient
4th grade math:38.6%
8th grade math:32.5%
NAEP Reading 2015 percent proficient
4th grade reading:35.2%
8th grade reading:36.1%

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This Quality Counts 2019 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 16, 2019 – Quality Counts
With the first charter school strike in the books—and teachers coming out victorious—experts say both unions and charter schools may need to rethink how they’ve long operated.
December 14, 2018 – Education Week
Worried about students' social detachment in technology-driven, personalized learning environments, some schools are weaving social-emotional support into lessons.
November 7, 2018 – Education Week
A Chicago charter school that emphasizes personalized learning has delayed introducing new technologies for the past two years and emphasized social skills.
November 7, 2018 – Education Week
Far too many teachers enforce overly strict school rules at their students’ expense, writes Chicago teacher Gina Caneva.
June 6, 2018 – Teacher
Citing a shortage of tech-savvy workers, lawmakers and business leaders have successfully pushed schools to offer more computer science. Now comes the hard part.
February 28, 2018 – Education Week
Eighth grader Ian Michael Brock wants to make sure the next billion-dollar tech company is launched by a young person like him. He’s taken matters into his own hands.
February 20, 2018 – Education Week
This Quality Counts 2018 Highlights Report captures all the data you need to assess your state's performance on key educational outcomes.
January 17, 2018 – Quality Counts
Illinois sparks controversy by setting its bar for proficiency higher than the college-readiness score on the SAT.
November 17, 2017 – Education Week

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