Measuring Up



Illinois

TOTAL SCORE:
60 out of 116

Rank: 13 out of 26

See a summary of the state’s charter law.

See additional observations about charters in the state and recommendations to support the growth of high-quality charter schools.

What is the state of charter schools in Illinois?

GROWTH INDICATORS

 

 

Score


1. Public school share
 (2013–14)

3

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter schools

145

3%

 

 


2. Public school student share
 (2013–14)

3

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

Number

Percentage

 

Public charter school students

59,627

3%

 

 

3. Students by race and ethnicity (2012–13)

4

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

White

4%

52%

-48%

Black

57%

17%

40%

Hispanic

35%

24%

11%

Asian

1%

4%

-3%

Other

3%

4%

-1%

Total minority

96%

49%

47%

 

4. Students in special populations (2012–13)

4

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

Free and reduced-price lunch status

87%

47%

40%

Special education status

N/A

N/A

N/A

English learner status

N/A

N/A

N/A

Total special student populations

87%

47%

40%

 

5. Schools by geographic distribution (2011–12)

4

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

Charters

Traditional

Difference

City

85%

25%

60%

Suburb

8%

37%

-29%

Town

4%

14%

-10%

Rural

4%

24%

-20%

Total nonsuburban

92%

63%

29%

 

6. Communities with more than 10 percent of students in public charter schools (2012–13)

1

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  (2009–14)

9

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2009–10

9

Average Annual Open Rate

9.2%

2010–11

17

2011–12

7

2012–13

10

2013–14

14

Total number

57

 

 

 

 

8. Public charter schools closed over the past five years (2008–13)

6

weight = 3 | Possible total = 12

 

 

 

2008–09

2

Average Annual Closure Rate

1.4%

2009–10

3

2010–11

0

2011–12

0

2012–13

3

Total number

8

 

 

 

 
 

INNOVATION INDICATORS

 

 

Score

9. Public charter schools reporting use of various innovative practices (2011–12)

6

weight = 2 | Possible total = 8

 

 

 

Extended day (30 minutes or more each day compared to traditional public schools)

74

Average

28%

Extended year (10 or more days compared to traditional public schools)

52

Year-round calendar

4

Independent study

17

School-to-work

13

Higher education courses

9

 
 

QUALITY INDICATORS

 

 

Score

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

8

weight = 4 | Possible total = 16

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in reading

14

 

 

 

 

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

12

weight = 4 | Possible total = 16

 

 

 

Number of additional days of learning in math

22

 

 

 

Items Reported But Not Scored

Startups versus conversions (2012–13)

 

Startups

Conversions

 

 

Percentage of a state’s public charter schools

93%

7%

 

 

 

Public charter schools that are independent, associated with a CMO, or associated with an EMO (2010–11)

 

Number

Percentage

 

 

Independent

64

55%

 

 

Charter management organization

47

41%

 

 

Education management organization

5

4%

 

 

 

Charter authorizers (2013–14)

 

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

141

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 (2012–13)

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’ public charter school movement ranked #13 out of 26, scoring 60 points out of 116.

Illinois scored relatively well on the following indicators:

  • Fifty-seven public charters opened in Illinois between 2009–10 and 2013–14, a 9 percent average annual open rate.
  • An average of 28 percent of the state’s public charter schools reported using one of the six innovative practices that we tracked in 2011–12.
  • On average, public charter school students exhibited higher academic growth when compared with traditional public school students between 2007–08 and 2010–11 (14 more days in reading and 22 more days in math).

Illinois scored relatively low on the following indicators:

  • Only 3 percent of the state’s public schools were charters in 2013–14.
  • Only 3 percent of the state’s public school students were charter students in 2013–14.
  • Only one community in Illinois had more than 10 percent of its public school students in charters in 2012–13.

In addition to the above points, we also offer the following observations about the movement in Illinois:

  • The state’s public charter schools served a significantly higher percentage of racial and ethnic minority students when compared with traditional public schools in 2012–13 (47 percentage points more).
  • Public charter schools in Illinois served a significantly higher percentage of free and reduced-price lunch students when compared with traditional public schools in 2012–13 (40 percentage points more).
  • Ninety-two percent of the state’s public charters were located in nonsuburban areas in 2011–12 as compared to 63 percent of traditional public schools.
  • Eight public charters closed in Illinois between 2008–09 and 2012–13, a 1.4 percent average annual closure rate.
  • Ninety-three percent of the state’s public charters were startups, and 7 percent were conversions during 2012–13.
  • In 2010–11, 55 percent of the public charter schools in Illinois were independently managed, 41 percent were associated with a nonprofit charter management organization, and 4 percent were associated with a for-profit educational management organization.
  • In 2013–14, 11 local school boards had authorized 144 public charter schools (97 percent of the state’s total number of public charters), and the state’s independent charter board had authorized four public charter schools (3 percent).
  • There were no virtual public charter schools in Illinois during 2012–13.

Recommendations

There are small proportions of public charter schools and public charter school students in Illinois. Such students are achieving better reading and math student outcomes when compared with their peers in traditional public schools, although it is important to note that the most recent student academic growth data available are from 2010–11. We encourage the state to enact policies to increase the impact of such success, including lifting its caps on charter school growth and ensuring equitable operational funding and equitable access to capital funding and facilities.