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The Illinois Education Research Council has been awarded a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and a two-year $50,000 grant from the Wallace Foundation to study the implementation of the redesigned principal preparation programs in Illinois.  For more details, see the official press release.

Call for Proposals

The Illinois Education Research Council announces the call for proposals for its 12th annual Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium October 7-8, 2014 in Bloomington, IL.  Submit your proposal by June 20, 2014 and become part of the conversation!

April Speaker Event

The Illinois Education Research Council held its Spring Speaker Event on April 15, 2014.

Dr. Steven Athanases

This year's speaker was Dr. Steven Athanases, a Professor of Education at the University of California, Davis.  Click to view and hear hear his presentation: Toward Academic Engagement and College-Readiness for Diverse Youth: Balancing High Challenge and High Support.

The Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) congratulates Dr. Fengxia Wang, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, who was selected as a faculty research fellow for the 2014-15 year with the IERC. We are looking forward to working with Dr. Wang on her research to broaden participation in STEM fields.

Hold the Date:

Mark your calendar for the IERC's Twelfth Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium.  This year's symposium will be held on October 7-8, 2014 at the Doubletree in Bloomington, IL.


Predictive Validity of ACT from 2002-07 to 2008-11
Janet Holt, Bradford White, and Gerry McLaughlin
Association for Institutional Research Forum, Orlando, FL, May 28, 2014.

Educational Policy Issues Related to College Readiness
Janet Holt
Northern Illinois University, April 29, 2014

Seeking Excellence and Diversity: How Stages in the Pipeline Affect the Composition of the New Teacher Corps
Bradford R. White, Eric J. Lichtenberger, and Karen J. DeAngelis
AEFP Conference, San Antonio, TX, March 13-15, 2014

The Community College Penalty and Bachelor's Degree Completion: Fact or Fiction?
Eric Lichtenberger (IERC) and Cecile Dietrich
ACT State Organization Annual Conference, Springfield, IL, December 5, 2013 and Schaumburg, IL, December 6, 2013

Evaluation of the Illinois High School to College Success Report
Brenda Klostermann (IERC) and Sean Cameron, Melissa Newberry, and Rachel Hamel (Applied Research Consultants)
Midwestern Educational Research Association, Evanston, IL, November 6-9, 2013


The Student Has Become the Teacher: Tracking the Racial Diversity and Academic Composition of the Teacher Supply Pipeline 
Bradford R. White, Karen J. DeAngelis, and Eric J. Lichtenberger
Full Report  |  Executive Summary  |  Research Highlights

Who Has Access to Dual Credit in Illinois? Examining High School Characteristics and Dual Credit Participation Rates
Jason L. Taylor and Eric J. Lichtenberger

Evaluation of the Illinois High School to College Success Report
Brenda Klostermann
Research Highlights  |  Research Brief  |  Technical Report

Developing Indicators of Progress toward a College Degree
Janet K. Holt, Bradford R. White, and Eric J. Lichtenberger

Comparing the Outcomes of Direct Entrants and Transfer Students Using Multiple Data Sources
by Eric J. Lichtenberger

The Community College Penalty and Bachelor's Degree Completion: Fact or Fiction?
by Eric J. Lichtenberger and Cecile Dietrich

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