Illinois



State Governance

State Board of Education

The Illinois state board of education consists of nine members, each serving a four-year term with a two term limit. Board members are appointed by the governor with consent of the senate.

The state board has the authority over:

  • Teacher Licensure
  • Content Standards Adoption
  • Appointing the Chief State School Officer

Governor

Bruce Rauner (R)

Chief State School Officer

Tony Smith

State Context

State Demographics

Public Education Enrollment by Special Populations:

Free and Reduced Price Lunch: 51.3%

English Language Learners: 9.3%

Served by IDEA: 14.2%

 

2015 NAEP State Data

Reading scores for Grade 4 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Reading scors for Grade 4 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Mathematics scores for Grade 8 by race/ethnicity between 2003 and 2015, additional national average data is included:

 

Science scores for Grade 8 by state average, race/ethnicity, and NSLP-eligibility compared to the national average:

 

Graduation Rates

 

Adjusted cohort graduation rates between 2011 and 2015:

 

Charter Schools

Year Charter School Law was Enacted: 1996

Number of Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 148

Number of Students Served by Charter Schools in the 2014-15 Year: 62,429

Charter School Cap Law: None

ESSA Plan & Implementation

Illinois has submitted its ESSA consolidated application to the U.S. Department of Education.