Illinois (Chiefly Chicago) Charter Schools: From the 2014 Biennial Report

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I have been reading the 84-page Illinois Biennial Charter School Report (2011-12 and 2012-13), which was released in January 2014.

Illinois has a charter school law that offers charters “significant flexibility” (pg. 3).

Here are some notable tidbits about how that charter school “significant flexibility” is panning out in Illinois:

Illinois traditional public schools outperformed Illinois (chiefly Chicago-located) charters on the now-defunct Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) associated with the unrealistic “100 percent proficiency in reading and math by 2014” No Child Left Behind (NCLB) goal (pg. 7; click on image to enlarge):

Illinois charters

Illinois traditional public schools also had higher graduation rates and lower dropout rates than did Illinois (chiefly Chicago) charters (pg. 8; click to enlarge):

Illinois charters 2

Charter schools were first allowed in Illinois via legislation passed in 1996.

By the end of 2013, Illinois had 64 charter “schools,” 47 of which were located in Chicago and were under the…

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