The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Act (HB5729) passed the Illinois House and Senate unanimously in May 2016, and the Governor signed it on July 29, 2016. The PWR Act implements strategies identified through a multi-year process led by the Illinois P-20 Council’s College and Career Readiness Committee to better align the transition from high school into college and careers.
All four of the strategies within the PWR Act place learners at the center of efforts to support their preparation for college and career, and require coordinated and aligned community systems involving school districts, postsecondary education providers, employers, and other public and private organizations.
EdSystems staffs the P-20 Council’s College and Career Readiness Committee, which has led a multi-year process to define policies to improve student transitions from high school to post-secondary education and careers. In the fall of 2015 and early 2016, EdSystems led the process to build consensus among over 120 stakeholders for recommended strategies to be implemented through legislation aligned with the P-20 Council’s recommendations. EdSystems then drafted the PWR Act incorporating these strategies, and worked with stakeholders to draft amendments to the bill to address areas of concern and build consensus for passage. Moving forward, EdSystems will be working with multiple partners on the Act’s implementation.