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Illinois schools are set to be evaluated based on their efforts toward equitable education. The Illinois State Board of Education will be ranking districts next year based on how they achieve similar outcomes for students who come from different circumstances. The goal of the evaluation is to level the playing field in education. Officials say Illinois schools have significant gaps in achievement between different groups of students. School officials say they hope the ranking system will help districts learn better how they can close gaps.