Focus Areas

College & Career Pathways

  • Scaling and strengthening College and Career Pathway Endorsements, aligned programs of study, and work-based learning systems
  • Defining and implementing pathway models and competencies that prepare students for promising credentials and careers
  • Establishing a comprehensive and supportive state policy environment

Bridges to Postsecondary

  • Steering the scaling of Transitional Math and English
  • Fostering dual credit partnerships
  • Building systems for youth to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed for postsecondary success

Data Impact & Leadership

  • Strengthening state- and community-level data capacity and systems
  • Delivering integrated data through tools for practitioners, policymakers, and youth
  • Engaging with communities to utilize quantitative and qualitative data and evidence to inform pathways and transitions into postsecondary; and establishing evaluation frameworks to assess and improve policy and program implementation

Our Approach


We form and lead key interagency and public-private collaborations that drive policy priorities, deepen public system integration, grow public and private financial support, and enable integrated data to inform continuous improvement.

Community Networks

We build networks that connect communities to policy frameworks, by providing in-depth technical assistance, facilitation, and policy support. These communities serve as exemplars to inform our state policy efforts.


We spearhead innovative education and workforce models aimed at tackling systemic inequities and positioned to scale to regional and statewide implementation.

Our Projects

Chicago Equity-Centered Innovation Forum

The Chicago Equity-Centered Innovation Forum promotes models of personalized instruction, competency-based approaches, performance assessments, project-based learning, and other emerging innovations that provide promising education frameworks.

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College and Career Pathway Endorsements

Education Systems Center worked with public and private stakeholders to define key competencies for the College and Career Pathway Endorsements and is now working with community networks to support implementation of endorsement systems in line with the PWR Act.

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Illinois Advanced Apprenticeship Consortium

EdSystems’ role with the Illinois Advanced Apprenticeship Consortium is implementing a Manufacturing Pathway aligned to the College and Career Pathway Endorsement system for students that meets the expectations and requirements of the PWR Act.

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Model Programs of Study Guides

The Model Programs of Study Guides were developed in consultation and collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education through a process led and facilitated by Education Systems Center.

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Data Impact & Leadership

Pro Path Illinois

EdSystems supports the Common Program Information component of Pro Path Illinois, to enhance and align data captured across state administrative systems.

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EdSystems staff and their partners led a multi-year process to develop and enact the PWR Act in close collaboration with a broad range of education and workforce stakeholders.

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