School Choice Score: 0%
Charter Schools Score: 65%
While Illinois allows for multiple entities to authorize charter schools the largest authorizer of charter schools are local school districts primarily Chicago Public Schools. This is especially problematic because in recent collective bargaining negotiations Chicago Public Schools agreed to halt the growth of charter schools in the Windy City, effectively stopping the entire state’s charter school growth in its tracks.
Online Learning Score: 62%
For example, the state’s charter law requires students to physically meet once a week and there are also attendance boundary laws for online schools. Additionally, the Illinois Virtual School offers flexible enrollment and there are three blended learning schools in Chicago and one full-time online charter school with limitations on enrollment. Illinois provides limited opportunities for students to access some online courses and grades, but with the moratorium on the creation of virtual schools, some options are limited.
Teacher Quality Score: 78%
Delivering Well Prepared Teachers D+
Expanding the Pool of Teachers C+
Identifying Effective Teachers C
Retaining Effective Teachers C-
Exiting Ineffective Teachers B+