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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Too many low-income students are being left behind

November 30, 2016: Low-income students remain academically well behind their wealthier peers and are less likely to complete a postsecondary degree, according to our biennial report, The State We’re In 2016-2017. Only 20% of low-income Illinois 4th graders are reading proficient, 35 percentage points lower than their more affluent peers.

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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 brief comparing 2016 funding proposals

60 by 25 Network

The Illinois 60 by 2025 Network is a network of communities in Illinois that are committed to the goal of ensuring that 60% of all adults have a college or career credential by 2025. This network is designed to meet the needs of communities that are working together to provide rigorous, real world learning in and out of the classroom.

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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.

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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ECET2 Convening

The Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers Conference took place Oct. 9-10, 2016, in Springfield. ECET2 brought together educators from across the state for skills-based training on advocacy. Teachers learned from each other with the goal of elevating academic outcomes.

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