With an overall score of 76.7, giving Illinois a C+ and a rank of 17th from the top, things seem to have changed for the better for Illinois in the area of K-12 achievement, but slight drops in the area of school finance.  Who would have thought Illinois, which has not fully funded its education system in years, continues to prorate its general state aid payments to schools, AND which has continuously failed to meet its Constitutional obligation to provide a free and approrpiate public education to the children of the state since the obligation came to pass at the 1970 State Constitutional Convention could be doing so well with a ranking of 20 out of 50?  Interested in seeing the recent grading summary?  Click HERE.

Education Week gives states their grades in education for the 20th year. Illinois ranks 17th overall.