New State School Report Card

Changes Reflect New Federal Law
Posted on 10/02/2018
Illinois School Report Card

Parents will see new information and a new accountability system when the annual school report cards are released by the Illinois State Board of Education October 31.

The state has rewritten the accountability system with the goal of creating reports that are informative, fair and non-punitive as part of the new federal law Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind, said Dr. Larry Hewitt, superintendent.

The new accountability system will include measures of academic achievement and school quality. Each school will also receive a tier designation of 1 to 4 based on performance in both of those categories.

Academic achievement will be based on Language Arts and Math scores on the PARCC taken in spring 2018 in grades 3-8, and English Learners’ proficiency as tested on the ACCESS assessment. New this year, student growth from the previous year will also be measured.

Student performance will be measured overall and for any subgroups of more than 20 students per school. Previously, subgroups were identified by 30 or more students per school. Subgroups include five major ethnic groups, economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities and English Learners. 

These core academic indicators will make up 75% of each school’s overall rating.

The other 25% of the school’s overall rating will be based on school quality and student success measures. The measures include the results from state-designed “Five Essentials Survey” on school climate and culture and a school’s chronic absenteeism rate. The survey is taken by parents, staff and students in sixth through eighth grade. The school’s chronic absenteeism rate is calculated by the percentage of students who miss 10 percent or more of the school year with excused or unexcused absences. This will include students who travel out of the country to visit relatives but will exclude medically certified home/hospital instruction.

Finally, the two areas will be tallied for a summative designation of Tier 1 to 4 for every school.

Additional changes and measures are planned for next year and beyond.


New State Report Card Tier Designations

Tier 1, Exemplary: No underperforming subgroups, PARCC scores in the top 10 percent of schools statewide.

Tier 2, Commendable: No subgroups performing lower than the lowest 5 percent of “all students” and whose performance is not in the top 10 percent of all schools statewide.

Tier 3, Underperforming:  One or more subgroups is performing at or below the lowest 5 percent of the “all students” groups in Title I schools.

Tier 4, Lowest Performing: Lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I schools in the state.

The new state school report cards will be posted on our website School Report Card page when they are released Oct. 31.