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.
A Framework and Resources for Measuring Student Needs and Development During Remote and Blended Learning
As schools across Illinois continue to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EdSystems team is pleased to share a new resource for guiding the development of information gathering systems in remote and blended learning environments.
Model Programs of Study Guides: Education, Health Sciences and Technology, Information Technology, and Manufacturing and Engineering
The primary purposes and goals for the Model Programs of Study are to provide guidance and exemplars for local programs to adopt or customize as they develop programs of study for approval as part of the Perkins V Plan; establish a framework for State agencies to develop and implement program supports; identify priority dual credit courses that are foundational to the industry area and well-situated for statewide scaling and articulation; define the competencies that should be sequenced across a program of study course sequence to prepare students for the future of work in that industry area; and identify entry points for employers to support coursework and related experiences.
The first four Model Programs of Study Guides focus on the following industry sectors: Education, Health Sciences and Technology, Information Technology, and Manufacturing and Engineering.
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.
Shifts Happen: Covid-19 “Disruptions” Can Offer New Opportunities for Moving Toward Personalization and Competency-Based Approaches
Covid-19 “disruptions” can offer new opportunities for moving toward personalization and competency-based approaches.
As communities move to remote learning, we can also continue developing valuable employability skills through virtual work-based learning.
The Postsecondary Workforce Readiness Act’s Transitional English Course Parameters and Competencies are now available for public review.
It’s Time to Elevate the Leadership of Our Competency-Based Education Districts in the Shift to Remote Learning
Learn more about the need to elevate competency-based education districts with the shift to remote learning.
The competencies set forth in this document were developed through an iterative process involving public-private steering committees established pursuant to the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Act in order to implement College and Career Pathway Endorsements.
Funded by a federal Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five grant, the Unduplicated Counts Project links data across state agency systems to establish unduplicated counts of children ages birth through five receiving selected publicly funded early childhood services administered by the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
Led by an NIU team funded by a federal grant, this early childhood project links data across state agencies to establish unduplicated counts of children.
Our first series dives into the work behind the development of the Model Partnership Agreement (MPA) and how it is being implemented in communities. Systems Sessions explores big, current issues in education policy through conversations with the EdSystems team, State policymakers, and community leaders who are on the ground leading this work.
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.
The 2018–19 Illinois Report Card and College and Career Readiness: Cause for Celebration and Concern
With EdSystems’ focus on key metrics of college and career readiness, the release of new Illinois Report Card data provides us with an opportunity to both celebrate progress and identify areas needing attention.
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.
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.
With the help of Education Systems Center, Illinois recently achieved a major milestone in its efforts to expand dual credit access and offerings with the adoption of the Model Partnership Agreement by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB).
Empowering All Learners to Achieve Personal Excellence: District 100’s College and Career Pathway Endorsement Process
How District 100 aligned its CTE programs with career-focused course sequences in partnership with Rock Valley College, as part of the College and Career Pathway Endorsement framework.
The Illinois Longitudinal Data System (ILDS) Governing Board has released its 2018 Annual Report & Plan.
This Annual Report & Plan draws from meetings of the Governing Board and its Committees, interviews with ILDS Agency staff, and information from related state agency initiatives such as the Governor’s Cabinet on Children and Families.
A new report details College and Career Pathway Endorsement competencies in health sciences, IT, manufacturing engineering, and finance and business services.
Validating the Hard Work to Prepare for Life after High School: College and Career Pathway Endorsements
One of the PWR Act’s four components is the College and Career Pathway Endorsement, an innovative way for school districts to validate the hard work of students preparing for life after high school.
Endorsements: Illinois Has a New Tool for Creating Paths from High School to Effective College and Career Experiences
The new College and Career Placement Endorsements address the disconnect between what’s taught in the classroom and what employers need.
The Illinois Longitudinal Data System (ILDS) Governing Board has released its 2017 Annual Report & Plan.
This Annual Report & Plan initially describes the primary ILDS governance activities during the 16-17 state fiscal year. It describes the priorities for 2017-18 and benchmarks efforts against the P-20 Longitudinal Education Data System Act.
Access PWR Act resources from Advance Illinois and Education Systems Center. Learn about the Act’s components and the latest updates on implementation.