Regional Education Trends

Every three years, the Heart of Illinois United Way highlights critical needs in its six-county Peoria region. Among the key education trends in its 2017 Community Assessment, released last month:

  • More than 30 percent of area high schools had graduation rates below the state average (86%).
  • More than 40 percent of third-grade and eighth-grade students were below the state average for English/Language PARCC test scores; nearly half of third graders and more than half of eighth graders were below the state average in Math.
  • Thirty area school districts had more than one third of its students considered low-income—up 25 percent since 2013.
  • Chronic truancy in the region is at 6.9 percent—below the state average (9.8%)—but four area school districts met or exceeded the state average.
  • Continual student turnover can be academically and socially disruptive. While student mobility in the region is close to the state average, 18 school districts had higher rates.

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