As teachers push critical race theory and the sexualization of children in schools, academic rigor continues to slide.
The latest report card from the Illinois State Board of Education is scary.
Of the 30 schools in Illinois where not a single student is reading on grade level, 22 of them are in the city of Chicago.
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In 53 schools, not one student could do math on grade level, 33 of which were in Chicago.
Mayor Lightfoot keep dancing.
Another indictment of the state’s education system is the complete failure to teach reading and maths to a single child in many schools. In Wirepoints, we detailed Illinois education failures across the state Poor student achievement and near-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 can read or do math. But we could easily see 622 schools where only 1 in 10 or fewer children read 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 children in 930 schools can do math at grade level…That’s more than a quarter of all schools in the state.
Defenders of the current system are sure to invoke Covid as a big reason for the low scores. But a look at the 2019 figures shows that reading and math numbers are slightly better than they are now.
Take Spry, for example. In 2019, only 2 of the school’s 127 students could read at grade level before the pandemic. In mathematics, zero students were proficient.
Failure is not about money. Data from the Illinois State Board of Education show that spending on spree was $20,000 per student before the pandemic. Today it spends $35,600.
What’s truly incredible is that many of these schools are rated “outstanding” by the Illinois State Board of Education. That is the 2nd highest of the four “Responsiveness” 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 “commendable.”