Illinois

IllinoisIllinois is working to ensure its schools are safe and supportive. This page features school climate information for Illinois, including a list of grants the State and its communities have received; State discipline and bullying policies; data for a selection of indicators; and related news articles.

Grants Received

State Grant Programs

Student Support and Academic Enrichment

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in 2015. The Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program falls under ESSA, subpart 1 of Title IV, Part A. The SSAE program is intended to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of State educational agencies (SEAs), local educational agencies (LEAs), and local communities to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning; and improve the use of technology to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. States receive funds in the form of block grants and then fund local education agencies. To learn more, visit NCSSLE’s Title IV, Part A, SSAE Program page.

Project AWARE

In 2014, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) received a Project AWARE grant through the Now is the Time initiative. ISBE uses this 5-year grant to 1) train adults on responding to mental health issues when interacting with school-aged youth, 2) connect children, youth and families who may require support to appropriate mental health services, and 3) implement Mental Health First Aid and Youth Mental Health First Aid in State and local training programs. For more information about this grant, go to: https://www.samhsa.gov/nitt-ta/project-aware-grant-information.

Local Educational Agency and District Grant Programs

Promoting Student Resilience

In 2016, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) received a 2-year Promoting Student Resilience (PSR) grant to build and increase capacities for addressing the comprehensive behavioral and mental health needs of students in communities that have experienced significant civil unrest. CPS is using PSR funding to expand the range and quality of treatment services for high school students, emphasizing those which deal with exposure to trauma and provide coping strategies. For more information about this grant, go to: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/student-resilience/index.html.

School Climate Transformation

In 2014, Alton Community Unit School District 11, Sandoval Community Unit School District 501, and Zion Elementary School District 6 received a School Climate Transformation grant. With this 5-year grant, schools are developing support systems and providing technical assistance to schools on implementing evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral frameworks. The primary goal is to improve behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students. To find out more about this grant go to: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/schoolclimatelea/index.html.

Elementary and Secondary School Counseling

Bloom Township High School District 206 received funding through the U.S. Department of Education Elementary and Secondary School Counseling grant program. This 3-year grant helped schools expand the capacity of their school mental health services by 1) hiring qualified mental health professionals and 2) supporting parental involvement and school staff professional development to increase their capacities for collaborating with mental health community-based service providers. For more information about this grant, go to: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/elseccounseling/index.html.

Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma

In 2016, the City of Chicago received a Resiliency in Communities After Stress and Trauma (ReCAST) grant. This 5-year grant is designed to assist communities that have recently faced civil unrest to better serve the needs of high-risk youth and their families by promoting resilience and equity. Communities will use funding to implement evidence-based, violence prevention, and community youth engagement programs, as well as linkages to trauma-informed behavioral health services. For more information about this grant, go to: http://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-16-012.

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Selected Indicators

Indicator 1: Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property

20098.8,7.7
20117.6,7.4
20138.5,6.9
20156.6,6.0
20177.5,6.0
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Indicator 1: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Had Been Threatened or Injured with a Weapon (For Example, a Gun, Knife, or Club) on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Threatened or Injured with a Weapon on School Property
YearIllinoisUS
20098.87.7
20117.67.4
20138.56.9
20156.66.0
20177.56.0

Indicator 2: Involved in Physical Fight on School Property

200911.5,11.1
20119.8,12.0
20138.1,8.1
20157.7,7.8
20177.3,8.5
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Indicator 2: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Having Been in a Physical Fight on School Property One or More Times During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Involved in Physical Fight on School Property
YearIllinoisUS
200911.511.1
20119.812.0
20138.18.1
20157.77.8
20177.38.5

Indicator 3: Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property

200927.5,22.7
201127.3,25.6
201327.2,22.1
201525.6,21.7
201725.3,19.8
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Indicator 3: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported that they Were Offered, Sold, or Given an Illegal Drug by Someone on School Property During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Offered, Sold, or Given Illegal Drugs on School Property
YearIllinoisUS
200927.522.7
201127.325.6
201327.222.1
201525.621.7
201725.319.8

Indicator 4: Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide

200914.5,15.8
201114.3,15.8
201318.9,17.0
201515.9,17.7
201717.2,17.2
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Indicator 4: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide During the 12 Months Before the Survey

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Seriously Considered Attempting Suicide
YearIllinoisUS
200914.515.8
201114.315.8
201318.917.0
201515.917.7
201717.217.2

Indicator 5: Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity

201112.9,13.8
201312.9,15.2
201513.9,14.3
201715.9,15.4
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Indicator 5: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported Not Participating in at Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity that Increased Their Heart Rate and Made Them Breathe Hard Some of the Time on at Least 1 Day During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Note: Data for this indicator are not available before 2011.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Participate in At Least 60 Minutes of Physical Activity
YearIllinoisUS
201112.913.8
201312.915.2
201513.914.3
201715.915.4

Indicator 6: Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey

20116.8,5.7
20136.8,6.6
20159.8,6.7
20178.7,7.2
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Indicator 6: Percentage of High School Students Who Reported They Did Not Eat Vegetables (e.g., Green Salad, Potatoes [Excluding French Fries, Fried Potatoes, or Potato Chips], Carrots, or Other Vegetables) During the 7 Days Before the Survey

Note: Data for this indicator are not available before 2011.

Citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/data/yrbs/results.htm. Accessed on July 25, 2018.

Did Not Eat Vegetables 7 Days Before the Survey
YearIllinoisUS
20116.85.7
20136.86.6
20159.86.7
20178.77.2