As teachers push critical race theory and children’s sexuality into schools, academic rigor continues to decline.
The Illinois State Board of Education’s latest report card is dire.
In 30 Illinois schools, not a single student is reading on grade level, including 22 in the city of Chicago.
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In 53 schools, not one student could do math on grade level, including 33 in Chicago.
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The complete failure of even one child to read and learn mathematics in so many schools is another fault of the state education system. At Wirepoint, we’ve covered Illinois education failures across the state in detail Poor student achievement and almost zero accountability: An indictment of Illinois’ public education system.
Data comes directly from the Illinois State Board of Education.
This column focuses on schools where zero percent of children are able to read or do math. But we could easily look at 622 schools where only 1 in 10 or fewer children are reading on grade level. That’s 18 percent of the state’s 3,547 schools that tested students in 2022.
And only 1 in 10 or fewer kids can do math at grade level in 930 schools…That’s more than a quarter of all schools in the state.
Defenders of the current system are sure to cite Covid as a major reason for the low scores. But a look at the 2019 numbers shows that reading and math numbers were slightly better than they are now.
Take Spry, for example. Only 2 of the school’s 127 students in 2019 could read at grade level before the pandemic. Zero students were proficient in mathematics.
Failure is not about money either. Data from the Illinois State Board of Education shows spending on spree was already $20,000 per student before the pandemic. Today it costs $35,600.
What’s really incredible is that many of these schools are rated “outstanding” by the Illinois State Board of Education. It is the second-highest of the four “accountability” ratings a school can receive.
Not one of the 113 students at Sandoval SR High School can read or do math at grade level. And yet the school is “admirable”.