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Advance Illinois, 2016
Illinois has set an ambitious target: 60% of working adults will hold a college degree or credential by 2025, as research suggests that at least 60% of jobs will require some type of educational credential past high school. Today, only 50% of the state's working adults hold college credentials. This report takes a snapshot of Illinois state's…
Descriptors: Public Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
Advance Illinois, 2015
In the spring of 2015, Illinois students will take new state assessments that, like the new Illinois Learning Standards, challenge them to think deeply, write often and defend their reasoning--all skills they will need in the world. The Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) covers math and English Language Arts…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, State Standards, Standardized Tests, College Readiness
Advance Illinois, 2015
Standardized assessments long have played a role in public education. For much of that time, they have been faulted as too time-consuming, too restrictive, and too removed from real teaching and learning. The shift to new standards and assessments turns the page on this. Illinois put in place the new Illinois Learning Standards to make clear what…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Testing, Time Management, State Standards
Advance Illinois, 2015
In the spring, Illinois students will take new state assessments that reflect the rigor and relevance of the new Illinois Learning Standards. But some classmates will sit out and join the pushback against standardized testing. Opt-out advocates raise concerns about over-testing, and the resulting toll on students as well as the impact on classroom…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Legislators, Student Rights, Standards
Advance Illinois, 2015
With the new Illinois Learning Standards and a new system of state assessments in place, Illinois is creating an accountability system that values academic achievement and improvement as the cornerstones of school performance. This moves beyond the strict test-based accountability that labeled most Illinois public schools as failing to a more…
Descriptors: Accountability, Standards, Evaluation, College Readiness
Advance Illinois, 2015
This brief is an update to "Making Assessments Work" and reports that the new Illinois Learning Standards make clear what students must know and be able to do at a time when college and career readiness matters more than ever. If we raise the bar for students, however, then we need better ways to answer the question that every parent…
Descriptors: Standards, College Readiness, Career Readiness, Elementary Secondary Education
Advance Illinois, 2014
This report measures Illinois' educational performance from early childhood through postsecondary education. It tracks how students have performed during the past decade and how that performance compares with students in other states. The state knows that improvement does not happen overnight. By tracking what happens to students over time,…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education
Advance Illinois, 2014
Illinois advanced landmark reforms in recent years to improve instruction for its 2 million students. Built upon the bedrock of new, rigorous Common Core State Standards, Illinois education leaders stepped up student expectations, championed educator evaluations intended to provide feedback and improve instruction, redesigned school report cards…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Common Core State Standards, Instructional Improvement, School Districts
Advance Illinois, 2013
Illinois confronts a financial crisis that threatens its capacity to implement the state's long-fought-for plan for improving our education system. Two-thirds of our school districts are now deficit-spending. Districts have dismissed at least 6,400 educators and aides, closed schools, lengthened bus routes, and reduced programs in everything from…
Descriptors: School District Spending, School District Wealth, Funding Formulas, Educational Resources
Advance Illinois, 2012
This report assesses Illinois' academic performance from early childhood through postsecondary, providing a snapshot of how Illinois compares to other states and nations as we collectively work to provide all students a world-class education. The analysis is divided into three parts: (1) The first section examines how Illinois public schools serve…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education
Advance Illinois, 2011
This paper tells the story of what must be done to make teaching in Illinois look more like the ever-evolving careers available in today's most innovative industries. This report was developed in collaboration with Advance Illinois' Educator Advisory Council (EAC)--a group of award-winning teachers who have been recognized for moving Illinois…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Teacher Responsibility, Models, Teacher Collaboration
Advance Illinois, 2010
This Report Card is the first full assessment of the educational performance as a state, from birth through higher education. It compares performance to other states, looks at recent trends, and shows whether Illinois is meeting their obligations to all students or just a limited few. The scope of the report runs from birth through higher…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Postsecondary Education
Advance Illinois, 2009
This generation of young people is on track to be less-educated than their parents--for the first time in American history. This, at the same time the world and workplace are changing dramatically and rapidly--when students, more than ever, need high levels of skill in order to compete. Advance Illinois has developed this report "We Can Do…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Change Strategies, Educational Policy, Teacher Effectiveness