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Stateline school districts see more students miss class and more low-income students dropping out

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Stateline schools see more students missing class

The Illinois State Board of Education released data showing more students are missing longer periods of school and that more low-income students are dropping out

NORTHERN ILLINOIS (WREX) — The Illinois State Board of Education released its most recent set of date on October 29 and highlighted a rise in chronic absenteeism (students missing more than 10 percent of their classes with or without a valid excuse) and along with certain performance and testing drop offs between 2019 and 2020.

Below are several categories showing how the Rockford, Harlem, Freeport and Belvidere School Districts.

WREX reached out to RPS 205 for comment on this data to which they declined saying they wanted to review the next data set coming next month from the state.

WREX also asked Belivdere School Board Members Jorge Herrera and Thomas Bucher for comment at a Business Services Committee Meeting on Monday to which they both declined saying they hadn't reviewed the data in full since it was released on Friday.

CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM: 

Freeport: 14.8% in 2019, 29.9% in 2020

Harlem: 14.9% in 2019, 25.9% in 2020

Rockford: 20% in 2019, 51.3% in 2020

Belvidere: 12% in 2019, 21.9% in 2020

4 YEAR GRADUATION RATE:

Freeport: 73.3% in 2019, 71.4% in 2020

Harlem: 82.5% in 2019, 81.6% in 2020

Rockford: 66.9% in 2019, 64% in 2020

Belvidere 89.2% in 2019, 84.7% in 2020

9TH GRADE ON TRACK:

Freeport: 72.1% in 2019, 65.7% in 2020

Harlem: 80.1% in 2019, 71.9% in 2020

Rockford: 64.1% in 2019, 67.6% in 2020

Belvidere: 90% in 2019, 72% in 2020

DROP OUT RATE:

Freeport: 8.6% in 2019, 9.1% in 2020

Harlem 5.7% in 2019, 3.3% in 2020

Rockford: 7.8% in 2019, 10.9% in 2020

Belvidere: 2.6% in 2019, 3% in 2020

LOW-INCOME DROP OUT RATE:

Freeport: 8.8% in 2019, 10.8% in 2020

Harlem: 6.9% in 2019, 10.8% in 2020

Rockford: 9.6% in 2019, 14% in 2020

Belvidere: 3.9% in 2019, 4.1% in 2020

Too see the full data sets from 2019 and 2020, click here.

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Investigative Reporter

William Ingalls is the Investigative Reporter at WREX. He joined the team in 2019 as a photographer after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and English from Augustana College. William was born and raised in Rockford.

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