2015 report card released for West Central Illinois schools

By Gary Scott on November 2, 2015 at 2:33pm

A slightly higher percentage of District 117 high school students are prepared for college coursework, according to a new report.

The annual Illinois Report Card, released on Friday, indicates the number is 37 percent, compared to last year when it was 33 percent. The state number remained the same as it was last year, at 46 percent. The report card uses ACT scores as the basis for the data.

Other academic progress notes include that 39.6 percent of District 117 eighth graders passed Algebra 1, compared to just 28.4 percent for the state average.

After mirroring the state average for graduation rates last year, District 117 fell to 81 percent. The state averaged remained the same from 2014, at 88 percent.

Results for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam, or PARCC, are not yet available on the online report, available at www.illinoisreportcard.com.

District 117 saw an increase in overall students of 126, up to 3,541. That’s the first time in five years the numbers have gone up. The percentage of low-income students remains at 65 percent from 2014. It had been at 58 percent in 2013, 55 percent in 2012, and 53 percent in 2011.