SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (KMOX) – This year’s Illinois school report card is out, and it shows some gains were made during the past school year.

The annual report card measures things like student achievement and teacher retention rates for individual schools and the state as a whole.

“It’s pretty exciting that the 4-year high school graduation rate increased from 85.9 percent to 87 percent, so just over 2000 more kids graduating in four years than last year. The percentage of students enrolled in college 12 months after graduating also increased,” says Superintendent of Education Tony Smith.

The number of students taking advanced placement and dual credit courses increased slightly last year, too. The average teacher salary grew by about one-thousand dollars to an average of $64,516. Each district’s report card is listed at illinoisreportcard.com.

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