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.

Statement on Illinois and Chicago NAEP Results from Executive Director Robin Steans

October 28, 2015: The nation’s report card released today provides new and impactful insight into student performance in classrooms across Illinois, Chicago as well as the nation’s largest cities and other states. The results are a clarion call for us all and a cautious reminder that the important work of providing a high-quality public education to all students, no matter where they live or attend school, remains  urgent and ongoing.

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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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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