About 82 percent of ninth graders in 2017 were on track to graduate at a school where the four-year graduation rate was 85 percent that year, according to the latest Illinois schools report card by the Illinois State Board of Education.
State residents enrolled at Illinois Institute of Technology face among the steepest cost of attending four-year in-state colleges and universities in the U.S., according to a Higher Education Tribune analysis of federal data.
Despite dismal student performance on annual exams covering math and reading, high school graduation rates remain high across the region, according to an East Central Reporter analysis of 2016 data from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Athletes in Action tracks players with ties to communities within the East Central Reporter coverage area as they compete at the collegiate level. The following football players will compete during the week of Nov. 12 to Nov. 18.