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State Exams, State Assessments, and State Standards

Every state has different requirements for teacher licensure-- in the state of Illinois, students must complete an accredited educator preparation program and pass a series of state-administered assessments.  Illinois is one many states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards; you'll want to make yourself very familiar with them.

State assessments and requirements can feel like quite a maze.  Luckily, the School of Education's Student Services office can help you to navigate the terrain!

If you want to begin by exploring on your own, check out the resources below.

  • Common Core State Standards, ELA (link):  The Common Core State Standards lay out expectations for student learning in English Language Arts and Mathematics in K-12 education.  They form the foundations of curriculum design and standardized assessment. 
  • Illinois Professional Teaching Standards (pdf):  The Illinois State Board of Education periodically updates its expectations of teachers.  These are the standards by which you will be measured once you begin work as a teacher, and you will encounter them in many of your education courses!
  • Illinois Licensure Testing System (link): As part of the licensure process, you'll need to take a series of exams administered by the ILTS, including the TAP (Test of Academic Proficiency), the Content Area Test in English Language Arts, and the APT (Assessment of Professional Teaching.  Note: if you've taken the ACT with writing recently, you may be able to use that score as a replacement for the TAP.  Check with the School of Education Student Services office for details!
  • edTPA (link): The edTPA is the newest Teacher Preparation Assessment tool, and will begin being formally used in the Fall of 2015.  Courses in the school of education (including CI315a and CI315b) will prepare you to undertake the edTPA.
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