In Cook County, 91.5 percent of black third grade students failed the 2021 state math exam.
This means 91.5 percent of black third graders are not proficient at math, which is considered a core skill for later success in life. These students struggle with quickly adding and subtracting, multiplying one-digit numbers by multiple digit numbers, and fractions, according to the standards set by the state.
Results of state exams are graded in five levels proficiency, rather than a score from zero to 100. The worst level is “Did Not Meet,” followed by “Partially Met,” “Approached,” “Met,” and “Exceeded.” Data in this story was accrued by combining results from the first three levels of proficiency where students do not meet the expected math proficiency.
Numerous counties saw all black third grade students fail to reach an acceptable proficiency level in math. Counties include: Mason, Marshall, Fulton, Lawrence, Adams, and Lee County.
Illinois report card data showed there were dramatic declines in academic achievement since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
However, a Wirepoints investigation found the Illinois school system prioritizes social promotion of black students over their literacy.
“’Social promotion’ – pushing kids into the next grade regardless of ability – leaves unsuspecting Illinois parents believing their kids are being educated simply because they’re advancing,” wrote report authors Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner. “Social promotion in Illinois continues into high school. That’s when district officials tell parents what they want to hear – that their children have what they need to graduate.”
Wirepoints also cited “racial equity” programs that blame low black student scores on racism, calling schools “more obsessed with vague outcomes like equity and diversity than merit and competence.”
District information was gathered from the Illinois Report Card.
|DISTRICT||# OF BLACK THIRD GRADE STUDENTS WHO TOOK MATH EXAM||% OF BLACK THIRD GRADE STUDENTS WHO FAILED MATH EXAM|
|Chicago Heights School District 170||19||100|
|Willow Springs School District 108||12||100|
|Schiller Park School District 81||39||100|
|Argo Community High School District 217||10||100|
|ACE Amandla Charter School||56||99.9|
|West Northfield School District 31||87||97.7|
|Forest Park School District 91||40||97.5|
|Lincoln Elementary School District 156||33||97|
|Indian Springs School District 109||69||97|
|Thornton School District 154||108||96.4|
|Palatine Community Consolidated School District 15||19||94.8|
|Bloom Township High School District 206||38||94.7|
|LaGrange Highlands School District 106||16||93.8|
|Hoover-Schrum Memorial School District 157||16||93.8|
|Midlothian School District 143||61||93.4|
|Lyons Township High School District 204||92||92.3|
|Chicago Public School District 299||72||91.7|
|Brookwood School District 167||72||90.3|
|Township High School District 214||70||90|
|Alsip-Hazelgreen-Oaklawn School District 126||35||88.6|
|Brookfield LaGrange Park School District 95||46||87|
|General George Patton School District 133||57||86|
|Ford Heights School District 169||14||85.7|
|Central Stickney School District 110||20||85|
|Sunnybrook School District 171||70||84.3|
|Kirby School District 140||43||83.7|
|Flossmoor School District 161||65||81.6|
|Oak Lawn Community High School District 229||56||80.3|
|River Forest School District 90||10||80|
|Forest Ridge School District 142||12||75|
This article was originally posted by North Cook News on August 1, 2022.