State of Illinois
2017 and 2018


Introduced 2/7/2017, by Sen. Andy Manar


105 ILCS 5/10-17a  from Ch. 122, par. 10-17a

    Amends the School Code. Requires a school district report card to include the total and per pupil normal cost amount the State contributed to the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois in the prior fiscal year for the district's employees, which shall be reported to the State Board of Education by the Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois. Effective immediately.

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1    AN ACT concerning education.
2    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
3represented in the General Assembly:
4    Section 5. The School Code is amended by changing Section
510-17a as follows:
6    (105 ILCS 5/10-17a)  (from Ch. 122, par. 10-17a)
7    Sec. 10-17a. State, school district, and school report
9    (1) By October 31, 2013 and October 31 of each subsequent
10school year, the State Board of Education, through the State
11Superintendent of Education, shall prepare a State report card,
12school district report cards, and school report cards, and
13shall by the most economic means provide to each school
14district in this State, including special charter districts and
15districts subject to the provisions of Article 34, the report
16cards for the school district and each of its schools.
17    (2) In addition to any information required by federal law,
18the State Superintendent shall determine the indicators and
19presentation of the school report card, which must include, at
20a minimum, the most current data possessed by the State Board
21of Education related to the following:
22        (A) school characteristics and student demographics,
23    including average class size, average teaching experience,



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1    student racial/ethnic breakdown, and the percentage of
2    students classified as low-income; the percentage of
3    students classified as English learners; the percentage of
4    students who have individualized education plans or 504
5    plans that provide for special education services; the
6    percentage of students who annually transferred in or out
7    of the school district; the per-pupil operating
8    expenditure of the school district; and the per-pupil State
9    average operating expenditure for the district type
10    (elementary, high school, or unit);
11        (B) curriculum information, including, where
12    applicable, Advanced Placement, International
13    Baccalaureate or equivalent courses, dual enrollment
14    courses, foreign language classes, school personnel
15    resources (including Career Technical Education teachers),
16    before and after school programs, extracurricular
17    activities, subjects in which elective classes are
18    offered, health and wellness initiatives (including the
19    average number of days of Physical Education per week per
20    student), approved programs of study, awards received,
21    community partnerships, and special programs such as
22    programming for the gifted and talented, students with
23    disabilities, and work-study students;
24        (C) student outcomes, including, where applicable, the
25    percentage of students deemed proficient on assessments of
26    State standards, the percentage of students in the eighth



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1    grade who pass Algebra, the percentage of students enrolled
2    in post-secondary institutions (including colleges,
3    universities, community colleges, trade/vocational
4    schools, and training programs leading to career
5    certification within 2 semesters of high school
6    graduation), the percentage of students graduating from
7    high school who are college and career ready, and the
8    percentage of graduates enrolled in community colleges,
9    colleges, and universities who are in one or more courses
10    that the community college, college, or university
11    identifies as a developmental course;
12        (D) student progress, including, where applicable, the
13    percentage of students in the ninth grade who have earned 5
14    credits or more without failing more than one core class, a
15    measure of students entering kindergarten ready to learn, a
16    measure of growth, and the percentage of students who enter
17    high school on track for college and career readiness;
18        (E) the school environment, including, where
19    applicable, the percentage of students with less than 10
20    absences in a school year, the percentage of teachers with
21    less than 10 absences in a school year for reasons other
22    than professional development, leaves taken pursuant to
23    the federal Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, long-term
24    disability, or parental leaves, the 3-year average of the
25    percentage of teachers returning to the school from the
26    previous year, the number of different principals at the



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1    school in the last 6 years, 2 or more indicators from any
2    school climate survey selected or approved by the State and
3    administered pursuant to Section 2-3.153 of this Code, with
4    the same or similar indicators included on school report
5    cards for all surveys selected or approved by the State
6    pursuant to Section 2-3.153 of this Code, and the combined
7    percentage of teachers rated as proficient or excellent in
8    their most recent evaluation; and
9        (F) a school district's and its individual schools'
10    balanced accountability measure, in accordance with
11    Section 2-3.25a of this Code.
12    The school report card shall also provide information that
13allows for comparing the current outcome, progress, and
14environment data to the State average, to the school data from
15the past 5 years, and to the outcomes, progress, and
16environment of similar schools based on the type of school and
17enrollment of low-income students, special education students,
18and English learners.
19    (3) At the discretion of the State Superintendent, the
20school district report card shall include a subset of the
21information identified in paragraphs (A) through (E) of
22subsection (2) of this Section, as well as information relating
23to the operating expense per pupil and other finances of the
24school district, and the State report card shall include a
25subset of the information identified in paragraphs (A) through
26(E) of subsection (2) of this Section. The school district



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1report card shall include the total and per pupil normal cost
2amount the State contributed to the Teachers' Retirement System
3of the State of Illinois in the prior fiscal year for the
4district's employees, which shall be reported to the State
5Board of Education by the Teachers' Retirement System of the
6State of Illinois.
7    (4) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this
8Section, in consultation with key education stakeholders, the
9State Superintendent shall at any time have the discretion to
10amend or update any and all metrics on the school, district, or
11State report card.
12    (5) Annually, no more than 30 calendar days after receipt
13of the school district and school report cards from the State
14Superintendent of Education, each school district, including
15special charter districts and districts subject to the
16provisions of Article 34, shall present such report cards at a
17regular school board meeting subject to applicable notice
18requirements, post the report cards on the school district's
19Internet web site, if the district maintains an Internet web
20site, make the report cards available to a newspaper of general
21circulation serving the district, and, upon request, send the
22report cards home to a parent (unless the district does not
23maintain an Internet web site, in which case the report card
24shall be sent home to parents without request). If the district
25posts the report card on its Internet web site, the district
26shall send a written notice home to parents stating (i) that



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1the report card is available on the web site, (ii) the address
2of the web site, (iii) that a printed copy of the report card
3will be sent to parents upon request, and (iv) the telephone
4number that parents may call to request a printed copy of the
5report card.
6    (6) Nothing contained in this amendatory Act of the 98th
7General Assembly repeals, supersedes, invalidates, or
8nullifies final decisions in lawsuits pending on the effective
9date of this amendatory Act of the 98th General Assembly in
10Illinois courts involving the interpretation of Public Act
12(Source: P.A. 98-463, eff. 8-16-13; 98-648, eff. 7-1-14; 99-30,
13eff. 7-10-15; 99-193, eff. 7-30-15; 99-642, eff. 7-28-16.)
14    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
15becoming law.