Northwest Quiz: Back to School

School is back in session, and students around our region are studying hard. See how much you now about education in Illinois and Wisconsin.

1. How many days make up the typical public school year in Illinois?

A) 154 C) 192
B) 185 D) 200

2. How many students were enrolled in independent or private schools during the 2014-15 school year?

A) 345,890 C) 600,825
B) 556,643 D) 724,548

3. Approximately how many public elementary and secondary schools are there in Illinois?

A) More than 2,000 C) More than 4,000
B) More than 3,000 D) More than 5,000

4. The University of Wisconsin comprises how many campuses across the state?

A) 3 C) 18
B) 10 D) 26

5. Which Illinois college ranked 19th on Forbes’ 2014 Top Colleges list?

A) Illinois State University
B) Rockford University
C) Northwestern University
D) Northern Illinois University

6. Every year, high school juniors take the ACT, a standardized test that evaluates their skills in English, reading, mathematics, science and writing. What is this test’s acronym short for?

A) American College Testing
B) Academic Career Testing
C) Assessment of Curriculum Testing
D) Academic Comprehensive Testing

7. What was the high school graduation rate in Illinois in 2014?

A) 38 percent C) 72 percent
B) 50 percent D) 85 percent

8. Which of the following schools is the largest private college or university in Wisconsin?

A) Carthage College C) Marquette University
B) Northland College D) St. Norbert College

9. In 2014, what was the average public elementary school class size in Illinois?

A) 21 C) 28
B) 25 D) 30

10. According to the American Institute for Economic Research, which Illinois city is the seventh-best college town in the U.S.?

A) Chicago C) Urbana-Champaign
B) Carbondale D) DeKalb


Quiz Answers (No Peeking!)

1. B: There are 185 days in the typical Illinois school year.

2. B: An estimated 556,643 students were enrolled in independent or private schools last year, according to the National Association for Independent Schools.

3. C: Illinois has more than 4,000 public elementary and secondary schools.

4. D: 26. The University of Wisconsin has locations in Madison, Whitewater, Milwaukee and Fox Valley, to name a few. Together, these campuses serve more than 180,000 students.

5. C: Northwestern University was ranked 19th in 2014. Other Illinois schools that appeared on Forbes’ Top Colleges list include Wheaton College, Knox College, Bradley University and DePaul University.

6. A: American College Testing. This test is measured on a scale from 1 to 36. Many colleges take this score into account while making admission decisions.

7. D: 85 percent of Illinois students successfully completed high school.

8. C: Marquette University. Located in Milwaukee, this private school educates more than 11,000 students divided among 11 schools.

9. A: The typical Illinois classroom holds 21 students.

10. C: Urbana-Champaign was rated Illinois’ top college town. This city in east-central Illinois is home to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.