Measuring Up



Illinois

Not scored

See a summary of the state’s charter law.

See additional observations about charters in the state.

What is the state of charter schools in Illinois?

GROWTH INDICATORS

 

 

Score


1. Public school share
 (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter schools

148

3%

 

 


2. Public school student share
 (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter school students

62,429

3%

 

 

3. Students by race and ethnicity (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

White

4%

51%

-47%

Black

56%

16%

40%

Hispanic

36%

24%

12%

Asian

1%

5%

-4%

Other

3%

4%

-1%

Total minority

96%

49%

47%

 

4. Students in special populations (2013–14)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

Free and reduced-price lunch status

88%

50%

38%

Special education status

N/A

N/A

N/A

English learner status

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total special student populations

88%

50%

38%

 

5. Schools by geographic distribution (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

City

84%

24%

60%

Suburb

11%

41%

-30%

Town

3%

14%

-11%

Rural

2%

21%

-19%

Total nonsuburban

89%

59%

30%

 

6. Communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools (2014–15)

N/A

weight = 1 | Possible total = 4

 

 

 

Number of communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools

1

   
 

7. New public charter schools opened over the past five years  (2010–15)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2010–11

17

Average Annual Open Rate

7.6%

2011–12

7

2012–13

10

2013–14

14

2014–15

8

Total number

56

 

 

 

8. Public charter schools closed over the past five years (2009–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2009–10

3

Average Annual Closure Rate

1.4%

2010–11

0

2011–12

0

2012–13

3

2013–14

4

Total number

10

 

 

 
 

INNOVATION INDICATORS

 

 

Score

9. Percentage of charter schools with an identified special focus (2012–13)

N/A

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

 

 

 

No Excuses

4%

Total

48%

STEM

5%

Arts

2%

Classical

0%

Purposely diverse

0%

Single sex

3%

International/Foreign language

3%

Montessori/Waldorf

4%

Dropout/Expulsion recovery

20%

Military

0%

Vocational training

5%

Public policy/Citizenship

11%

 

QUALITY INDICATORS

 

 

Score

10. Additional days of learning in reading (2007–11)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in reading

14

 

 

 

11. Additional days of learning in math (2007–11)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in math

22

 

 

 

12. Percentage point change in top categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

 

 

 

 

13. Percentage point change in bottom categories in state accountability system (2012–14)

N/A

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 2012-13

2013-14

Difference

 

 

 

 

Items Reported But Not Scored

Startups versus conversions (2014–15)

 

Startups

Conversions

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools

94%

6%

 

 

 

Charter authorizers (2014–15)

 

Number of authorizers

Number of charter schools

Average number of charters per authorizer

Percentage of the state’s public charters authorized by this type of authorizer

Local education agency

11

144

13

97%

State education agency

Independent charter board

1

4

4

3%

Noneducational government entity

Higher education institution

Nonprofit

 

Virtual public charter schools and students (2013–14)

Number of virtual public charter school students

0

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter school student population enrolled
in virtual charter schools

0%

 

 

Number of virtual public charter schools

0

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools that are virtual charter schools

0%

 

 

 

Health of the Movement Summary

Illinois enacted its charter public school law in 1996. In our most recent rankings of state charter school laws, it ranked #32 out of 43. While Illinois’ law provides an appellate process for charter school applicants rejected by local school districts and a fair amount of autonomy and accountability, it contains caps on charter school growth and provides inequitable funding for charters.

A state’s charter public school movement had to meet three conditions to be scored and ranked in this year’s report. First, the movement had to serve at least 2 percent of the state’s public school students. Second, the state had to participate in CREDO’s National Charter School Study 2013 so that we had a measure of student academic growth data for its charter public schools in comparison with its traditional public schools. Third, the state had to have a state accountability system in place that categorized all public schools on the basis of performance in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Illinois’ movement did not meet at least one of these conditions, so we did not score and rank it in this year’s report.

However, below we provide the data we were able to gather. Based on this information, we offer the following observations:

  • In 2014-15, 3 percent of the state’s public schools were charters.
  • In 2014-15, 3 percent of the state’s public school students were charter students.
  • In 2013-14, the state’s charter public schools served a significantly higher percentage of racial and ethnic minority students when compared with traditional public schools (47 percentage points more).
  • In 2013-14, charter public schools in Illinois served a significantly higher percentage of free and reduced-price lunch students (38 percentage points more) when compared with traditional public schools.
  • In 2012-13, 89 percent of the state’s public charters were located in nonsuburban areas as compared with 59 percent of traditional public schools.
  • In 2014-15, only one community in Illinois had more than 10 percent of its public school students in charters.
  • Between 2010-11 and 2014-15, 56 public charters opened in Illinois, a 7.6 percent average annual open rate.
  • Between 2009-10 and 2013-14, 10 public charters closed in Illinois, a 1.4 percent average annual closure rate.
  • In 2012-13, 48 percent of the state’s charter public schools were special-focus schools.
  • Between 2007-08 and 2010-11, charter public school students exhibited higher academic growth (14 more days in reading and 22 more days in math), on average, when compared with traditional public school students.
  • During 2014-15, 94 percent of the state’s public charters were start-ups and 6 percent were conversions.
  • In 2014-15, 11 local school boards had authorized and opened 144 charter public schools (97 percent of the state’s total number of public charters), and the state’s independent charter board had authorized four charter public schools (3 percent).
  • During 2013-14, no full-time virtual charter public schools operated in Illinois.