2020 Illinois Report Card Released

  • Date Posted
    October 30, 2020
  • Category
The Illinois School Report Card, annually published by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), presents data-driven information on school performance. The 2020 Report Card, with data submitted and reviewed by school districts from the 2019-20 school year, is now available.

According to ISBE, “the Report Card offers a complete picture of student and school performance in order to inform and empower families and communities as they support their local schools.”

The 2020 data show “continued growth and higher-than-ever participation in college and career preparation courses.” Other highlights include increasing participation in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate coursework, higher numbers of students participating in career and technical education, and modest increases in diversity in the teacher workforce. New to the 2020 Illinois Report Card is data from the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) observation tool. Also new are side-by-side comparisons of expenditures.

The coronavirus pandemic and suspension of in-person learning impacted the 2020 School Report Card data and will limit the utility of year-to-year comparisons of the metrics on assessments, attendance, culture and climate, graduation rates, and ninth-graders on track. New summative designations for 2020 will not be calculated; districts will be assigned the same summative designation as for 2019.

ISBE offers a fact sheet on these impacts, along with release notes and other resources for understanding the Illinois Report Card.