Illinois does a pretty mediocre job educating its kids according to
this new report from the unholy alliance of the right-leaning US Chamber of Commerce
and the left-leaning Center for American Progress. No surprises there, I guess. Two
Bs and the rest are Cs. Illinois-report-card (PDF).
In it's defense, the state is developing a longitudinal data system, is a founding member of the common core / national standards thing, requires (?) that 11th graders take the ACT, is active on early learning / universal preschool front, and lifted the charter cap. Fair enough.
Still, I can't tell you how strange it is that IL is involved in the common core movement when its proficiency standards and pass rates on state tests are so miserably low. There's a massive disconnect there. How can a state with such low academic standards of proficiency take the lead on a national standards effort that is -- finally -- going to let IL residents know how poorly their kids are really doing. Not just the poor black and brown ones, either.