Illinois: College and Career Policies

Illinois updated the English language arts standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Illinois updated the arts standards in 1997.

Illinois updated the math standards in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

The Teacher Performance Evaluation system intends to do the following: Apply best practices of teacher evaluation to the key parts of the Performance Evaluation Reform Act of 2010 and Senate Bill 7, as well as general requirements of Articles 24A and 34 of the Illinois School Code. PERA requires districts to design and implement performance evaluation systems. The Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC), is charged with providing input from educators to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and monitoring PERA's development and implementation. [The Illinois Framework for Teacher Performance Evaluation based 30% of the evaluation on student performance measures, and varies in frequency depending on the rating of the teacher.]

Illinois updated the science standards in 2014.

Illinois is a governing member of PARCC and is currently implementing new examinations (2014-2015 SY). There is the Illinois Standards Achievement Test for reading, and math in grades 3 through 8 and science for grades 4 and 7. There is also the Prairie State Achievement Examination for grade 11 in reading, math, science, and writing.

Illinois updated the social studies standards in 2015.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards.

Illinois updated the physical education standards in 2013.

Illinois requires 4 years of English Language Arts for students graduating in 2016 or after and 2 years of Writing.

The benefits of effective foreign language instruction focus on the role of the individual in a multilingual, global society. No longer do Americans live in isolation; instead, there is an ever-changing, interdependent world in which diverse cultural and linguistic groups converge. The National Standards for Foreign Language Learning establish the academic, business, personal, recreational and practical benefits of studying foreign languages, and the Illinois Learning Standards for Foreign Languages are based on this rationale. The national document states: "To study another language and culture gives one the powerful key to successful communication: knowing how, when, and why to say what to whom.

This may include art, music, foreign language, or vocational education.

Requires State Board to report back to legislature the status of the evaluation system. The Legislature has the authority to prescribe duties to the State Board of Education as defined in the powers and duties of the State Board of Education.

Illinois requires 3 years of mathematics for graduation.

The Illinois State Board of Education oversees teacher licensure in consultation with the State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board.

Illinois requires 2 years of Science to graduate.

The Illinois State Board of Education oversees and adopts the rules for educator preparation programs.

Illinois requires 2 credits of social studies to graduate.

PARCC assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics will be administered to all students in grades 3-8, according to their current grade level and at high school according to course enrollment.

In order to become a certified teacher in Illinois, applicants must have a bachelor's degree, completed an approved teacher preparation program, have coursework regarding the exceptional child and literacy in the content area, as well as passed a content examination.

PARCC assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics will be administered to all students in grades 3-8, according to their current grade level and at high school according to course enrollment.

Professional development hours are required in order to renew a teaching certificate.

The Department of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

In order to renew an administrator license, applicants must complete 120 hours of professional development over 5 years.

To be an approved teacher preparation program, each must meet content and social and emotional learning standards as well as produce candidates from "shortage areas."

Illinois has not adopted any professional development standards.