19.7% of Sparta High School students pass state tests
On the 2014-15 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) exam (www.illinoisreportcard.com), students at Sparta High School scored a passage rate of 19.7 percent and a failure rate of 80.3 percent. Passage of the PARCC exam reflects the percentage of students who "met expectations" or "exceeded expectations." In Illinois overall, 32.9 percent of students passed the PARCC exam.
Per pupil spending at Sparta High School is $9,862. The average spending in the state is $12,521. Sparta High School is part of the Sparta Community Unit School District (CUSD) No. 140 school district, and 42.8 percent of Sparta CUSD 140's spending is supported by local funding. For the average school district in Illinois 66 percent of per pupil spending is supported with local funds.
Chicago Public Schools is seeking a bailout of its district from Illinois taxpayers. Students in Chicago Public Schools scored a passage rate of 25 percent on the PARCC exam. Per pupil spending in Chicago is $15,120, with 49 percent of this amount coming from local sources of funds. Chicago is seeking to expand the per pupil funding by 25 percent. By their plan, all of this increase would be paid for by Illinois taxpayers. This would bring the total funding to $18,900. Illinois taxpayers would provide approximately 61 percent of this higher funding level.