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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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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
At least 15 states since 2012 have taken legislative action—such as waiving regulations and setting up innovation zones—to encourage personalized learning.
November 8, 2017 – Education Week
These mini-case studies examine three common struggles for personalized-learning schools: training teachers, differentiating instruction, and letting students work at their own pace.
November 8, 2017 – Education Week
The new program barely received bipartisan approval from lawmakers, while incorporating elements aimed at issues of accountability and transparency.
September 6, 2017 – Education Week
High school graduation requirements are inconsistent and often lax, writes the national policy director of Students for Education Reform.
July 19, 2017 – Education Week
One high-achieving school works to get a handle on the racial- and income-based disparities that continue to divide its students.
March 22, 2017 – Education Week

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