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Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:
  • Test Scores: Edfacts (U.S. Department of Education), State departments of education.
  • Expenditures: National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Educational Environment: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau).
Date(s) & Update Frequency:
  • Test data: Reflects 2015 – 2016 school year.
  • Expenditures: 2015
  • Educational Environment: 2015 (latest available). Updated annually.

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Overview

Public Schools Overview Illinois School Districts by City
Number Of Students 2,048,593
Number Of Illinois Schools 4,178
Number Of Illinois School Districts 950
Spending Per Student $15,075

State Test Scores (No Child Left Behind Tests)

Reading/English Language Arts Tests

Reading/English Language Arts Tests Reading Proficiency
3rd Grade 35.1904916520576
4th Grade 36.2339634422904
5th Grade 34.1755019680385
6th Grade 33.6491716227225
7th Grade 35.9041986850725
8th Grade 37.676024107118
10th Grade 31.3363900787354

Math Test

Math Tests Math Proficiency
3rd Grade 39.3766978099899
4th Grade 29.8312375583301
5th Grade 30.7962558589132
6th Grade 27.5806569148107
7th Grade 26.0575001127033
8th Grade 30.0616240291735
10th Grade 21.8609606675209

School enrollment by group

Ethnic/racial Groups This State Nation
White (non-hispanic) 51.0% 52.0%
Black 18.1% 16.2%
Hispanic 25.9% 25.6%
Asian Or Pacific Islander 4.7% 5.1%
American Indian Or Native Of Alaska 0.3% 1.0%
Special Needs Groups This State Nation
Economically Disadvantaged 53.6% 50.9%
English Language Learners 10.2% 9.1%
Students With Disabilities 14.4% 13.0%

Class Size (number of students per classroom teacher)

Class Size
AVG FOR STATE 15.53
AVG FOR NATION 16.15

Illinois Education Environment

Population State Nation
Population 12,859,995 321,418,820
Population Density (per sq. mile) 230 90
Population distribution by age STATE NATION
4 Years Old And Below 6.2% 6.3%
5-19 Years Old 20.0% 19.8%
20-44 Years Old 33.9% 33.5%
45-64 Years Old 26.3% 26.3%
65 Or Older 13.5% 14.1%
HOUSEHOLD CHARACTERISTICS STATE NATION
Number Of Households 4,786,388 115,879,889
Single Parent Households With Children 10.6% 11.2%
Adults With At Least A High School Diploma 87.9% 86.6%
Adults With At Least A Bachelor's Degree 32.3% 29.7%
HOUSEHOLD INCOME DISTRIBUTION STATE NATION
$150,000 or more 11.5% 10.5%
$100,000 - $149,000 14.1% 13.2%
$75,000 - $99,999 12.7% 12.1%
$50,000 - $74,999 17.8% 17.8%
$30,000 - $49,999 17.5% 18.5%
$15,000 - $29,999 14.6% 15.5%
$15,000 or less 11.7% 12.4%

Education Expenditures

For The State Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $7,855 $16,091,805,789 52.1%
Support Expenditures
Student $858 $1,757,567,359 5.7%
Staff $506 $1,036,570,010 3.4%
General Administration $509 $1,042,006,324 3.4%
School Administration $650 $1,332,149,968 4.3%
Operation $1,170 $2,397,130,638 7.8%
Transportation $596 $1,221,947,306 4.0%
Other $545 $1,116,989,957 3.6%
Total Support $4,835 $9,904,317,234 32.1%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,385 $4,885,654,827 15.8%
Total Expenditures $15,075 $30,881,849,778 100.0%
For The Nation Per Student Total % Of Total
Instructional Expenditures $6,487 $324,898,990,964 51.7%
Support Expenditures
Student $587 $29,383,130,681 4.7%
Staff $483 $24,167,878,083 3.8%
General Administration $205 $10,285,419,511 1.6%
School Administration $601 $30,113,641,000 4.8%
Operation $1,035 $51,821,442,969 8.2%
Transportation $475 $23,793,258,876 3.8%
Other $376 $18,849,723,887 3.0%
Total Support $3,762 $188,414,761,533 30.0%
Non-instructional Expenditures $2,296 $114,973,102,384 18.3%
Total Expenditures $12,545 $628,286,465,973 100.0%