Transitional Instruction

Portrait of Jon Furr

Jon Furr

Executive Director

Portrait of Heather Penczak

Heather Penczak

Director of Innovation and Implementation

Meagan Mitchell, PhD

Pathways Manager

The PWR Act established a new statewide system for transitional instruction in math and English that increases college readiness for high school seniors and reduces remedial education needs. Successful completion of transitional instruction provides students with guaranteed placement into college-level courses at Illinois community colleges and accepting Illinois universities.

Our Role

EdSystems launched and managed the interagency process that led to uniform transitional math competencies and policies and a Statewide implementation plan, shared in the Statewide Transitional Math Competencies and Policies. Under this plan, all school districts in Illinois are expected to implement transitional math instruction by no later than 2022-23 school year. Visit the Transitional Math website.

We are leading a parallel effort to launch transitional English across the State. In early 2021, the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Community College Board, and Illinois Board of Higher Education adopted the Statewide Transitional English Course Parameters, Competencies, and Policies (read the announcement). We are now supporting implementation efforts statewide, including the 2021 launch of a resource hub that includes sample units.

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