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.

Advance Illinois Statement on the Signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act into Law

December 10, 2015: Today, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law ushering in a new day for the education system in our country. ESSA replaces the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). While flawed and in need of overhaul, NCLB did shine a light on how well we are doing in educating our students and pointed out where we suffer from achievement gaps based on race and income.

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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.

Senator Andy Manar and Illinois students at the introduction of Senate Bill 231 on April 5, 2016.


Join the coalition

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 to be successful in college and career.

With new standards come new assessments. PARCC debuted in Illinois in 2015.  Visit Real Learning for Real Life to keep up to date on 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