Illinois State Report Card Results

ILLINOIS (WIFR) -- Illinois' overall state report card for the 2011-2012 school year doesn't look so good.

Eighty-two percent of school districts did not meet adequately yearly progress, that's up from 80% last year.

The overall graduation rate also decreased to 82.3%, last year it was nearly 83.8%. However, that decrease is being attributed to a change in federal guidelines. Previously the formula included students who took more than four years to graduate and those who got an alternative diploma. This year, only students who graduated in four years are included.

And out of nearly 4,000 schools statewide, nearly forty percent of them are in federal school improvement status. That includes local schools in Rockford, Belvidere, Harlem and Freeport.

Some Rockford schools have been on the watch list for a bit longer. Ellis Arts Academy, Lathrop Elementary, and Nashold Elementary have each been in federal improvement status for 12 years, that's according to the No Child Left Behind Act.

However, Illinois has applied for a waiver to that act to implement its own evaluations. The state superintendent says NCLB is a 'one-size fits all' approach. The U.S. Department of Education is currently reviewing that application.

We'll have more on our local state report cards, tomorrow on 23 News.


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