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.

The Results Are In – Illinois Sets New Baseline for Improvement with PARCC Release

From the Desk of Robin Steans, Executive Director – September 18, 2015: Illinoisans this week learned how students performed on a new state assessment that challenges them to demonstrate problem-solving and other skills, recognizing the complexity of the world ahead of them. Illinois became only the second state to share the preliminary results in English Language Arts and math of the new assessment, PARCC.

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Funding IL’s Future Works To Improve School Funding

Over 200 organizations have joined Funding IL’s Future, a collaborative campaign committed to improving how Illinois supports its students and schools.Their efforts focus on the passage of the Illinois School Funding Reform Act (SB1).

SpringfieldFIF-May2015Advance Illinois’ Robin Steans (right) and Chicago Urban League’s Andrea Zopp testified at the May 14 Illinois State Board of Education meeting along with 35 superintendents to support equitable school funding.

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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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New Learning Standards, New Assessments

In 2010, Illinois adopted new learning standards for math and English Language Arts. These standards are internationally benchmarked and designed to prepare students to be successful in college and career.

RL4RL-LogoWith new standards come new assessments. PARCC debuted in Illinois in 2015.  Visit Real Learning for Real Life to keep up to date on news about the new standards and assessments.

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Pop Quiz!

Illinois has ________ school districts.

a. 278
b. 439
c.  862
d. 174

Illinois ranks third in the number of school districts we have, surpassed only by California and Texas (both of which are states with much larger populations)!

Answer: c. 862