About Advance Illinois
Motivated by the urgency that Illinois was not preparing its students to compete in a global marketplace, leaders from more than a dozen civic, philanthropic, business, and education organizations from across the state came together to found Advance Illinois in 2008 to serve as an independent, objective voice promoting a healthy education system that prepares all students for success in college and career.
Advance Illinois is positioned uniquely in Illinois to provide the continuity required to successfully pass, implement, and evaluate policy change. Advance Illinois is equity-driven, student-centered and data-focused. We identify, design, advocate for and help to implement policies that are grounded in nationally recognized best practices and then tailored to the needs of students in Illinois. Since its founding, Advance Illinois has made progress toward the following priorities for the state’s education system:
- Recruit, develop, and empower the most effective educators
- Set world-class expectations and provide essential supports
- Empower local innovation in exchange for accountability and results