Measuring Our Progress

The Illinois P-20 Council, in consultation with the state agencies serving education and workforce development, will identify key indicators throughout the P-20 system and establish benchmarks and a timeline for progress toward the goal of increasing the proportion of Illinoisans with high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by the year 2025.

State Level Data

Our benchmarks will be coordinated with the Public Agenda set by the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Illinois released its most recent state school report card in fall 2019. The report card is available via the web and aims to provide a snapshot of Illinois' K-12 system. The report card is interactive and available for customized queries by county, district, municipality, etc.

Advance Illinois also publishes a report, the State We're In, which documents progress and challenges toward ensuring that Illinois' public education system prepares students for academic and career success. The report includes state level metrics at key transition points along the P-20 educational pipeline.

National Level Data

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) produces The Nation's Report Card which offers information on both levels of proficiency for the types of knowledge and skills students across the country are learning as well as changes in rates of achievement over time. Information is provided for sub-groups, subject as well as by state.

The US Department of Education created the College Score Card in 2015, a tool which enables prospective students and their families to access information about completion rates, comparative cost of attendance, and student loan default rates by institution.

Additionally, as part of the Department of Education's Know Before You Owe campaign, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has launched a model financial aid disclosure form, the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet, to help students better understand the type and amount of aid they qualify for so they can easily compare award letters.

Illinois is a member of Complete College America, a national organization which works with states to significantly increase the number of Americans with quality career certificates or college degrees and to close attainment gaps for traditionally underrepresented populations. CCA compiles state profiles which include proportion of adults with a postsecondary degree or workforce certificate as well as key data points along the pipeline to completion and break outs by demographic sub-group.

Where will today's kids be in 2025?

The year 2025 may seem distant - but for children entering 8th grade this fall, 2025 is the year they could all graduate from high school, if we can plug the leaks in our education pipeline today.

For the students entering 12th grade this fall, all of them could possess the knowledge and skills they will need for high-quality jobs in 2025, having earned a postsecondary credential, or a Bachelor's degree, or even a 3-year graduate degree.