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Governor:J.B. Pritzker
Superintendent of Education:Carmen Ayala
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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Arts experiences—like singing in a choir or drawing graffiti—can open students to new ways of thinking, and offer teachers powerful opportunities to develop students’ social and emotional skills.
June 26, 2019 – Education Week
Superintendent David Schuler is always trying to see what’s next in technology, but with a critical eye on its effectiveness and cost.
June 12, 2019 – Education Week
Chicago’s approach to admissions for selective high schools could be a model for New York City, where black and Latino students comprise a tiny share of students who are selected for its most sought-after high schools.
May 8, 2019 – Education Week
The only way an ed-tech company can have a meaningful impact in schools is by addressing a specific problem and offering a real solution.
April 24, 2019 – Education Week
Learn how four teachers used new ed-tech tools to improve student engagement, differentiate learning, deploy better assessments, and communicate more effectively with parents.
April 24, 2019 – Education Week
Gifted education programs can support academically advanced students or, in some cases, hold them back. Four studies presented at the American Educational Research Association meeting show how.
April 17, 2019 – Education Week
Educational Opportunities and Performance in Illinois
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

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