Advance Illinois Applauds Signing of HB5729, the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act

August 1, 2016: Advance Illinois applauds Governor Rauner for signing HB5729, the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act (PWR), into law. HB5729 is the culmination of years of work with an array of cross-sector partners and is a transformative step toward achieving Illinois’ goal of 60% of Illinoisans having a postsecondary certificate or degree by 2025.

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Read the PWR fact sheet

Making Assessments Work for Teachers and Students

Illinois’ new state assessments are an opportunity to support teaching and learning. They can give teachers and families key information about where their students stand and what is needed to improve. Our Making Assessments Work library of materials covers a variety of assessments-related topics.

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Funding IL’s Future Works To Improve School Funding

Over 230 organizations are part of Funding Illinois’ Future, a coalition of educators and advocates committed to fair funding for Illinois schools.

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Read new brief comparing funding proposals

On the Road Again

Advance Illinois travels the state meeting with community members to share education news, learn how local schools are doing, and solicit input about how we can work together to improve education for all our kids.

Join the conversation! Learn more about upcoming meetings and events.

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Keeping up with the Illinois Learning Standards and PARCC

In 2010, Illinois adopted new learning standards for math and English Language Arts designed to prepare students for college and career success.

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With new standards come new assessments. PARCC debuted in Illinois in 2015.  Visit Real Learning for Real Life for the latest news about Illinois standards and assessments.

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Pop Quiz!

There are ________ public school students in Illinois.

a. 2,526,098
b. 2,061,480
c.  1,998,342
d. 2,157,285

This is according to 2014/2015 data from the 862 school districts in our state.

Answer: b. 2,061,480