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Full Text of HB1123  103rd General Assembly




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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
12card, school district report cards, and school report cards,
13and shall by the most economical means provide to each school
14district in this State, including special charter districts
15and districts subject to the provisions of Article 34, the
16report cards for the school district and each of its schools.
17Because of the impacts of the COVID-19 public health emergency
18during school year 2020-2021, the State Board of Education
19shall have until December 31, 2021 to prepare and provide the
20report cards that would otherwise be due by October 31, 2021.
21During a school year in which the Governor has declared a
22disaster due to a public health emergency pursuant to Section
237 of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, the report



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1cards for the school districts and each of its schools shall be
2prepared by December 31.
3    (2) In addition to any information required by federal
4law, the State Superintendent shall determine the indicators
5and presentation of the school report card, which must
6include, at a minimum, the most current data collected and
7maintained by the State Board of Education related to the
9        (A) school characteristics and student demographics,
10    including average class size, average teaching experience,
11    student racial/ethnic breakdown, and the percentage of
12    students classified as low-income; the percentage of
13    students classified as English learners, the number of
14    students who graduate from a bilingual or English learner
15    program, and the number of students who graduate from,
16    transfer from, or otherwise leave bilingual programs; the
17    percentage of students who have individualized education
18    plans or 504 plans that provide for special education
19    services; the number and percentage of all students who
20    have been assessed for placement in a gifted education or
21    advanced academic program and, of those students: (i) the
22    racial and ethnic breakdown, (ii) the percentage who are
23    classified as low-income, and (iii) the number and
24    percentage of students who received direct instruction
25    from a teacher who holds a gifted education endorsement
26    and, of those students, the percentage who are classified



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1    as low-income; the percentage of students scoring at the
2    "exceeds expectations" level on the assessments required
3    under Section 2-3.64a-5 of this Code; the percentage of
4    students who annually transferred in or out of the school
5    district; average daily attendance; the per-pupil
6    operating expenditure of the school district; and the
7    per-pupil State average operating expenditure for the
8    district type (elementary, high school, or unit);
9        (B) curriculum information, including, where
10    applicable, Advanced Placement, International
11    Baccalaureate or equivalent courses, dual enrollment
12    courses, foreign language classes, computer science
13    courses, school personnel resources (including Career
14    Technical Education teachers), before and after school
15    programs, extracurricular activities, subjects in which
16    elective classes are offered, health and wellness
17    initiatives (including the average number of days of
18    Physical Education per week per student), approved
19    programs of study, awards received, community
20    partnerships, and special programs such as programming for
21    the gifted and talented, students with disabilities, and
22    work-study students;
23        (C) student outcomes, including, where applicable, the
24    percentage of students deemed proficient on assessments of
25    State standards, the percentage of students in the eighth
26    grade who pass Algebra, the percentage of students who



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1    participated in workplace learning experiences, the
2    percentage of students enrolled in post-secondary
3    institutions (including colleges, universities, community
4    colleges, trade/vocational schools, and training programs
5    leading to career certification within 2 semesters of high
6    school graduation), the percentage of students graduating
7    from 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, and the percentage
12    of students with disabilities under the federal
13    Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Article 14
14    of this Code who have fulfilled the minimum State
15    graduation requirements set forth in Section 27-22 of this
16    Code and have been issued a regular high school diploma;
17        (D) student progress, including, where applicable, the
18    percentage of students in the ninth grade who have earned
19    5 credits or more without failing more than one core
20    class, a measure of students entering kindergarten ready
21    to learn, a measure of growth, and the percentage of
22    students who enter high school on track for college and
23    career readiness;
24        (E) the school environment, including, where
25    applicable, high school dropout rate by grade level, the
26    percentage of students with less than 10 absences in a



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1    school year, the percentage of teachers with less than 10
2    absences in a school year for reasons other than
3    professional development, leaves taken pursuant to the
4    federal Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, long-term
5    disability, or parental leaves, the 3-year average of the
6    percentage of teachers returning to the school from the
7    previous year, the number of different principals at the
8    school in the last 6 years, the number of teachers who hold
9    a gifted education endorsement, the process and criteria
10    used by the district to determine whether a student is
11    eligible for participation in a gifted education program
12    or advanced academic program and the manner in which
13    parents and guardians are made aware of the process and
14    criteria, the number of teachers who are National Board
15    Certified Teachers, disaggregated by race and ethnicity, 2
16    or more indicators from any school climate survey selected
17    or approved by the State and administered pursuant to
18    Section 2-3.153 of this Code, with the same or similar
19    indicators included on school report cards for all surveys
20    selected or approved by the State pursuant to Section
21    2-3.153 of this Code, the combined percentage of teachers
22    rated as proficient or excellent in their most recent
23    evaluation, and, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year,
24    data on the number of incidents of violence that occurred
25    on school grounds or during school-related activities and
26    that resulted in an out-of-school suspension, expulsion,



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1    or removal to an alternative setting, as reported pursuant
2    to Section 2-3.162;
3        (F) a school district's and its individual schools'
4    balanced accountability measure, in accordance with
5    Section 2-3.25a of this Code;
6        (G) the total and per pupil normal cost amount the
7    State contributed to the Teachers' Retirement System of
8    the State of Illinois in the prior fiscal year for the
9    school's employees, which shall be reported to the State
10    Board of Education by the Teachers' Retirement System of
11    the State of Illinois;
12        (H) for a school district organized under Article 34
13    of this Code only, State contributions to the Public
14    School Teachers' Pension and Retirement Fund of Chicago
15    and State contributions for health care for employees of
16    that school district;
17        (I) a school district's Final Percent of Adequacy, as
18    defined in paragraph (4) of subsection (f) of Section
19    18-8.15 of this Code;
20        (J) a school district's Local Capacity Target, as
21    defined in paragraph (2) of subsection (c) of Section
22    18-8.15 of this Code, displayed as a percentage amount;
23        (K) a school district's Real Receipts, as defined in
24    paragraph (1) of subsection (d) of Section 18-8.15 of this
25    Code, divided by a school district's Adequacy Target, as
26    defined in paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Section



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1    18-8.15 of this Code, displayed as a percentage amount;
2        (L) a school district's administrative costs;
3        (M) whether or not the school has participated in the
4    Illinois Youth Survey. In this paragraph (M), "Illinois
5    Youth Survey" means a self-report survey, administered in
6    school settings every 2 years, designed to gather
7    information about health and social indicators, including
8    substance abuse patterns and the attitudes of students in
9    grades 8, 10, and 12; and
10        (N) whether the school offered its students career and
11    technical education opportunities.
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    As used in this subsection (2):
20    "Administrative costs" means costs associated with
21executive, administrative, or managerial functions within the
22school district that involve planning, organizing, managing,
23or directing the school district.
24    "Advanced academic program" means a course of study to
25which students are assigned based on advanced cognitive
26ability or advanced academic achievement compared to local age



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1peers and in which the curriculum is substantially
2differentiated from the general curriculum to provide
3appropriate challenge and pace.
4    "Computer science" means the study of computers and
5algorithms, including their principles, their hardware and
6software designs, their implementation, and their impact on
7society. "Computer science" does not include the study of
8everyday uses of computers and computer applications, such as
9keyboarding or accessing the Internet.
10    "Gifted education" means educational services, including
11differentiated curricula and instructional methods, designed
12to meet the needs of gifted children as defined in Article 14A
13of this Code.
14    For the purposes of paragraph (A) of this subsection (2),
15"average daily attendance" means the average of the actual
16number of attendance days during the previous school year for
17any enrolled student who is subject to compulsory attendance
18by Section 26-1 of this Code at each school and charter school.
19    (2.5) For any school report card prepared after July 1,
202025, for all high school graduation completion rates that are
21reported on the school report card as required under this
22Section or by any other State or federal law, the State
23Superintendent of Education shall also report the percentage
24of students who did not meet the requirements of high school
25graduation completion for any reason and, of those students,
26the percentage that are classified as students who fulfill the



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1requirements of Section 14-16 of this Code.
2    The State Superintendent shall ensure that for the
32023-2024 school year there is a specific code for districts
4to report students who fulfill the requirements of Section
514-16 of this Code to ensure accurate reporting under this
7    All reporting requirements under this subsection (2.5)
8shall be included on the school report card where high school
9graduation completion rates are reported, along with a brief
10explanation of how fulfilling the requirements of Section
1114-16 of this Code is different from receiving a regular high
12school diploma.
13    (3) At the discretion of the State Superintendent, the
14school district report card shall include a subset of the
15information identified in paragraphs (A) through (E) of
16subsection (2) of this Section, as well as information
17relating to the operating expense per pupil and other finances
18of the school district, and the State report card shall
19include a subset of the information identified in paragraphs
20(A) through (E) and paragraph (N) of subsection (2) of this
21Section. The school district report card shall include the
22average daily attendance, as that term is defined in
23subsection (2) of this Section, of students who have
24individualized education programs and students who have 504
25plans that provide for special education services within the
26school district.



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1    (4) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this
2Section, in consultation with key education stakeholders, the
3State Superintendent shall at any time have the discretion to
4amend or update any and all metrics on the school, district, or
5State report card.
6    (5) Annually, no more than 30 calendar days after receipt
7of the school district and school report cards from the State
8Superintendent of Education, each school district, including
9special charter districts and districts subject to the
10provisions of Article 34, shall present such report cards at a
11regular school board meeting subject to applicable notice
12requirements, post the report cards on the school district's
13Internet web site, if the district maintains an Internet web
14site, make the report cards available to a newspaper of
15general circulation serving the district, and, upon request,
16send the report cards home to a parent (unless the district
17does not maintain an Internet web site, in which case the
18report card shall be sent home to parents without request). If
19the district posts the report card on its Internet web site,
20the district shall send a written notice home to parents
21stating (i) that the report card is available on the web site,
22(ii) the address of the web site, (iii) that a printed copy of
23the report card will be sent to parents upon request, and (iv)
24the telephone number that parents may call to request a
25printed copy of the report card.
26    (6) Nothing contained in Public Act 98-648 repeals,



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1supersedes, invalidates, or nullifies final decisions in
2lawsuits pending on July 1, 2014 (the effective date of Public
3Act 98-648) in Illinois courts involving the interpretation of
4Public Act 97-8.
5(Source: P.A. 101-68, eff. 1-1-20; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19;
6101-654, eff. 3-8-21; 102-16, eff. 6-17-21; 102-294, eff.
71-1-22; 102-539, eff. 8-20-21; 102-558, eff. 8-20-21; 102-594,
8eff. 7-1-22; 102-813, eff. 5-13-22.)
9    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
10becoming law.