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Working Toward a Thriving Illinois

EdSystems applauds the adoption of the Illinois Board of Higher Education’s new 10-year strategic plan, A Thriving Illinois: Higher Education Paths to Equity, Sustainability, and Growth.

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Career Development Experience Toolkit Companion Piece

The purpose of this extension is to explore career development experiences (CDE) and provide resources to address the needs of stakeholders outside of a traditional high school setting including workforce development organizations, community-based organizations, and alternative high schools. This companion piece targets these organizations and employers in order to serve youth more inclusively. Download the draft and submit your public comments by July 30, 2021.

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Expanding Supports for College and Career Readiness: State Adoption of Transitional English Course Parameters, Competencies, and Policies

To increase the number of high school graduates placed into college-level reading and communications courses without the need for remediation, the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Community College Board, and Illinois Board of Higher Education have adopted the Statewide Transitional English Course Parameters, Competencies, and Policies.

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Statewide Transitional English Course Parameters, Competencies, and Policies

ISBE, ICCB, and IBHE have jointly agreed upon the course parameters, competencies, and related policies set forth in this document, adopted in January 2021. These course parameters, competencies, and related policies will guide the local partnerships between high schools and colleges necessary for the successful implementation of Transitional English instruction.

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Statewide Transitional Math Competencies and Policies

This document, updated in January 2021, includes an overview of the three transitional math pathways established by the PWR Act and approved by ISBE, IBHE, and ICCB. It then includes the competencies recommended for adoption by the committees of the Statewide Panel for Transitional Math, including process competencies for all three pathways related to mathematical and student success, and content competencies for each of the three pathways.

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PWR Act

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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The 2019–20 Illinois Report Card and College and Career Readiness

The Illinois State Board of Education recently released the 2019–20 Illinois Report Card, and student readiness for postsecondary appears to be rising overall across the State—dual credit enrollment is rising, remediation rates are falling, and graduation rates are growing.

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Ridgewood H.S. First in IL to Award College & Career Pathway Endorsement

As students across the state return to school, many high school students are now working towards earning a College and Career Pathway Endorsement. Ridgewood High School, located in the Chicago suburbs and a leader in the pathways approach, was the first in Illinois to award the College and Career Pathway Endorsements to Class of 2020 graduates who successfully completed the Education and Manufacturing and Engineering pathways.

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College and Career Pathway Endorsement Framework

The framework for the College and Career Pathway Endorsement Framework established by the PWR Act. This is a voluntary system for school districts to award on high school diplomas to those demonstrating readiness for college and careers.

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Guidance and Resources for Providing High-Quality Work-Based Learning

Through collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Education Systems Center has released a Career Development Experience Toolkit aligned to the frameworks established in the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Act and embedded within Illinois’ broader strategies around scaling high-quality career pathways and work-based learning.

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Career Development Experience Toolkit

The Career Development Experience (CDE) Toolkit, released in Fall 2019, adheres to the framework of the PWR Act for College and Career Pathway Endorsements. The guide and online resources are designed to serve any organization that seeks to provide rigorous work-based learning opportunities to youth. Career Development Experiences are part of Illinois’ broader work-based learning continuum and refer to a broad array of experiential learning that addresses the components included in the statutory definition of the Career Pathways Dictionary.

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Dual Credit Model Partnership Agreement

The Model Partnership Agreement guides local partnerships between high schools and colleges necessary for the successful implementation of quality dual credit courses and related student supports.

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Career Pathways Dictionary

Career pathways in Illinois are administered by a variety of private, state, and local entities; and thus several state education and workforce committees, including an extensive base of stakeholders, developed agreed-upon definitions to ensure alignment across agencies, legal frameworks, and initiatives.

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Illinois Transitional Math

The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act includes Transitional Math, which is built around courses that increase college readiness for high school seniors. Learn more and access resources.

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