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Dual Credit Report Front Page

Who Has Access to Dual Credit in Illinois? Examining High School Characteristics and Dual Credit Participation Rates (2013-4)

Jason L. Taylor and Eric J. Lichtenberger

Full Document

This research brief examines the relationship between high schools' dual credit participation rate and key characteristics of high schools. The brief establishes that there are differences in students’ access to dual credit based on the observed characteristics of the high schools in which they enroll. For example, it was found that relative to high schools with low rates of dual credit participation, schools with high dual credit participation rates typically had fewer low-income students and more White students.

Spencer Report Front Page

The Student Has Become the Teacher: Tracking the Racial Diversity and Academic Composition of the Teacher Supply Pipeline (2013-3)

Bradford R. White, Karen J. DeAngelis, and Eric J. Lichtenberger

Full Document  |  Executive Summary  |  Research Highlights

This study uses a unique, longitudinal statewide database to track students through the new teacher supply pipeline from high school through college and initial teacher certification.  The report examines how each stage influences the characteristics of those who enter the teaching profession, with particular attention to academic skills and racial/ethnic diversity, characteristics that are of national and local concern because of their impact on teacher effectiveness. 

HS to College Front Page

Evaluation of the Illinois High School to College Success Report (2013-2)

Brenda K. Klostermann

Research Highlights  |  Research Brief  |  Technical Report

This report provides findings from an evaluation of the newly designed Illinois High School to College Success Report (HS2CSR).  The evaluation study examined the dissemination, usefulness, and impact on collaborative efforts of the new HS2CSR.  Education stakeholders’ suggestions for improving the report are also included.  Recommendations to improve dissemination and increase use of the report and collaborative activities are provided in the report.

Developing Indicators of Progress toward a College Degree

Janet K. Holt, Bradford R. White, and Eric J. Lichtenberger

Full Document

This report examines the availability, continuity, and modeling of key student-level indicators that would be needed to indicate the progression of students toward a college degree. Moreover, this report investigates if the data elements that four-year institutions submit via the Illinois Higher Education Consortium model would contribute to our understanding and prediction of progression toward a college degree.

Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium 2013

Full Document

This document provides abstracts of research presentations on Illinois education that were made at the Eleventh Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium in Champaign, IL, June 2013.

Comparing the Outcomes of Direct Entrants and Transfer Students Using Multiple Data Sources (May 2013)

Eric J. Lichtenberger

Full Document

The purpose of this proof of concept project was to determine the potential benefits and limitations associated with merging student-level information traditionally maintained by higher education institutions with outside data sources. The institutional data parallels Illinois Higher Education Consortium (IHEC) data submissions, while the outside data sources provide the following information for students: 1) academic preparation and demographics; 2) national postsecondary enrollment and degree completion; and 3) Illinois-specific earnings and employment. Linking together such data would ultimately allow researchers and policymakers to examine the progress of individuals through high school, into college, and into the workforce, while demonstrating the types of research projects that can be scaled-up as the state's longitudinal data system is fully implemented.

The Community College Penalty and Bachelor's Degree Completion: Fact or Fiction? (2013-1)

Eric J. Lichtenberger and Cecile Dietrich

Full Document | Executive Summary | Research Highlights

This is part of a series of reports tracking Illinois college students' postsecondary outcomes longitudinally from 2003 through 2010. In this study, we compared matched students who transferred from Illinois community colleges to students who entered and matriculated through Illinois four-year institutions to determine if there was a disadvantage for transfer students in terms of bachelor's degree completion. Policy implications with regards to community college transfer students and the Illinois longitudinal data system are presented.

College Readiness and the Potentially Overlapping Outcomes of Community College Entrants (2012-3)

Eric J. Lichtenberger and Cecile Dietrich

Full Document | Executive Summary

This report describes the diverse, potentially overlapping range of student outcomes for community college entrants, such as vertical transfer, earning an associate degree, or earning a certificate while taking into consideration the differences in college readiness, as well as other student characteristics. This is part one of a two-part series of research reports that focus on the postsecondary outcomes of community college entrants. Part two will examine how college readiness and other pre-college, environmental, and institutional factors are related to bachelor's degree completion for community college entrants who vertically transfer.

Designing and Implementing the Next Generation of Teacher Evaluation Systems: Lessons Learned from Case Studies in Five Illinois Districts (November 2012)

Bradford R. White, Jennifer Cowhy, W. David Stevens, and Susan E. Sporte

Full Document

Illinois' Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) requires every district in the state to implement teacher evaluation systems by 2016-17 that address both teacher performance and student growth. In this report, the IERC collaborated with researchers from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) to examine the experiences of five case study districts from throughout Illinois as they designed and implemented new evaluation systems. Based on qualitative interviews with members of each district's evaluation committee, the brief provides a snapshot of how districts assessed and dealt with challenges around cultivating buy-in and understanding; using evaluations for instructional improvement; and reducing the burden on principals. In addition, it examines the on-going challenge of incorporating measures of student growth into teacher evaluation systems. The challenges faced by these early adopter districts and the strategies they used to overcome them may assist other districts as they engage in their own design and implementation processes.

Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium 2012

Full Document

This document provides abstracts of research presentations on Illinois education that were made at the Tenth Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium in Tinley Park, IL, June 2012.

College Confidence: How Sure High School Students Are of Their Future Majors (2012-2)

Casey E. George-Jackson and Eric J. Lichtenberger

Full Document | Executive Summary

This study examines high school students' confidence in their planned college major with an emphasis on students planning to study one of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. The study draws on responses from the ACT Student Interest Inventory of the Illinois High School Class of 2003, which asks students about their educational and occupational plans. Analysis of 75,698 responses revealed important differences by gender, race/ethnicity, and type of planned major.

College Readiness and the Postsecondary Outcomes of Illinois High School Students (2012-1)

Eric J. Lichtenberger and Cecile Dietrich

Full Document | Executive Summary | Press Release

This study presents longitudinal description of the association between college readiness-as measured by college readiness benchmarks set by the ACT-and a series of postsecondary outcomes of the Illinois High School Class of 2003. In addition to describing how college readiness is distributed among the cohort, this study establishes the college readiness of various groups based on select demographic characteristics such gender, race, and family income. Finally, the relationships between college readiness, student characteristics and postsecondary enrollment, persistence, and bachelor's degree completion measures are analyzed.

Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium 2011

Full Document

This document provides abstracts of research presentations on Illinois education that were made at the Ninth Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium in Bloomington, IL, June 2011.

Reverse Transfer Students and Postsecondary Outcomes: A Potential Opportunity (2011-5)

Eric J. Lichtenberger

Full Document | Executive Summary

Reverse transferring, or moving from a four-year institution to a community college, has been depicted in recent research as one of the major forms of student mobility. Since reverse transferring is associated with extremely low rates of degree completion, it is critical to better understand the predictors of reverse transferring and what happens to reverse transfer students once they move to a community college. This knowledge could help policymakers as they develop strategies to meet the state's goal to increase the proportion of individuals with quality postsecondary degrees and credentials to 60% by 2025.

The Principal Report: The State of Leadership in Illinois (2011-4)

Bradford R. White and Pooja K. Agarwal

Full Document | Press Release

This research marks the most comprehensive profile undertaken to date of Illinois principals. In this report, we highlight emerging trends among Illinois principals, synthesize key findings from the research, and offer recommendations for policy, practice, and preparation to enhance principals' ability to increase student achievement. With support from The Joyce Foundation, we integrate our research on principal demographics and turnover with research on principal effectiveness and a survey of current Illinois principals' job-related beliefs and practices. More specifically, we analyze demographic and employment trends among over 7,100 individuals serving as Illinois public school principals between 2001 and 2008, statistically model principal impact on student achievement and teacher qualifications in over 3,500 Illinois public schools, and survey more than one in five active public school principals in the 2010-2011 school year.

Principal Effects in Illinois: A Research Brief (2011-3)

Bradford R. White and Alex Bowers

Full Document | Executive Summary

This report, the fourth in an IERC series on public school principals in Illinois, summarizes recent research on the characteristics associated with principal effectiveness and examines Illinois data on the relationship between principal characteristics, student proficiency, and teacher qualifications. In order to investigate the relationships between principal characteristics, teacher qualifications, and student achievements using Illinois data, we use two-level hierarchical linear growth models to measure the impact of principal characteristics on growth in student proficiency and teacher qualifications over time. In these models, the first level measures within school change over time and the second level measures differences between schools in initial school achievement or teacher qualifications status.

The View from the Principal's Office: Results from the IERC Principal Survey (2011-2)

Bradford R. White, Kathleen S. Brown, Erika Hunt, and Brenda K. Klostermann

Full Document | Executive Summary | Principal Survey

This report, the third in an IERC series on public school principals in Illinois, summarizes the results of a survey of 877 Illinois public school principals conducted by the IERC in November 2010. The purpose of the survey, and of this report, is to provide policymakers and the public with a better understanding of the important role principals play in leading teaching and learning and to identify strategies to support their continuous improvement. The report begins with a description of the the survey methodology. Next, we present our findings regarding job satisfaction and work preferences, followed by an analysis of principals' priorities and their professional practices, with an emphasis on strategies for hiring and evaluating teachers. The report concludes with a summary of findings and a discussion of implications.

Principal Turnover in Illinois Public Schools, 2001-2008 (2011-1)

Karen J. DeAngelis and Bradford R. White

Full Document

This report is the second in an IERC series on public school principals in Illinois. This study focuses on principals' movements during the 2001 to 2008 time period, thereby providing recent information on principal retention and turnover during a time marked by increasing school accountability and public scrutiny of principal effectiveness. For our analyses, we focus on principal - and school-level data from state administrative records and other state and national sources for the eight years from 2001 to 2008. By piecing together annual data files across those years, we are able to track each Illinois principal from one year to the next throughout the period. We use descriptive, inferential, and multivariate analyses to determine the extent of principals' movements, as well as the personal and school-based factors that are associated with those movements.

The Changing Distribution of Teacher Qualifications Across Schools: A Statewide Perspective Post-NCLB (November 2010)

Karen J. DeAngelis, Bradford R. White, and Jennifer B. Presley

Full Document

In this study, we use population data on teachers and schools in Illinois to examine changes in the level and distribution of teacher qualifications from 2001 to 2006. We find that schools in Chicago, especially those serving the highest percentages of low-income and minority students, experienced the greatest improvements in teacher qualifications during the period. Although positive changes in teachers' academic qualifications in Illinois were not restricted to the state's largest urban district, the results were more mixed in non-Chicago locales. The employment of new teachers with stronger academic skills and reductions in the employment of new and experienced teachers without full certification contributed to these outcomes. Our results suggest that a number of policy initiatives together had a positive impact on the level and distribution of teacher qualifications. Even so, Illinois has a long way to go before disparities in teacher qualifications across its schools are eliminated.

A longitudinal Study of Illinois High School Graduates with Disabilities: A Six-Year Analysis of Postsecondary Enrollment and Completion (2010-4)

Eric J. Lichtenberger

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED513818

This report follows 7,598 Illinois public high school graduates with disabilities from the Class of 2002 on their journeys through postsecondary education. Students identified themselves as having at least one of the following disabilities: blind or low vision, hearing impairment, learning disability, attention deficit disorder, other neurological impairment, requiring wheelchair access, other orthopedic impairment, or multiple disabilities. The students' higher education enrollment and completion patterns were collected over a six-year period -- fall of 2002 through spring of 2008-- and compared with the patterns of students without a disability (N=105,537).

A Longitudinal Study of the Illinois High School Class of 2002: A Six-Year Analysis of Postsecondary Enrollement and Completion (2010-3)

David J. Smalley, Eric J. Lichtenberger, and Kathleen S. Brown

Full Document | ERIC ED511808

There are several current initiatives on both the national and state levels related to college completion, such as the Illinois Public Agenda for College and Career Success and Complete College America. Most of the current initiatives are evidence of a shift from ensuring parity in postsecondary access to one of improving degree and certificate completion rates. In this report we provide a focused analysis of initial college enrollment and the attainment of intended outcomes for those enrolling at two-year and four-year institutions. We also highlight key findings regarding the more specific pathways and completion patterns such as the bachelor completion rates for the students transferring from a tow-year institution to a four-year institution. We explored the participation and completion outcomes by several student characteristics in addition to select characteristics of the students' respective high schools, as well as the postsecondary institutions in which they enrolled.

The Illinois 2002 cohort study represents a vision of the results that would be available in the future with the development of the State's longitudinal system. IERC welcomes feedback from other researchers and state policymakers on these and future findings in the interest of supporting P-20 education policy in the State of Illinois.

The State of Leadership: Public School Principals in Illinois (2010-2)

Kathleen S. Brown and Bradford R. White

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED511378

With and increasing focus on school accountability and instructional leadership, the principal currently resides at the focal point of multiple reform efforts. In Illinois, a five-year effort to improve school leadership recently culminated with a new law which redesigns the state's principal preparation programs. These efforts, along with a brief overview of the changing role of the principal, recent criticisms of educational administration programs, and responses from the field are described in the first section of this report. Funded by The Joyce Foundation.

Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium 2010

Full Document

This document provides abstracts of research presentations on Illinois education that were made at the Sixth Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium in Champaign, IL, June 2010.

Examining the Effects of New Teacher Induction (April 2010)

Marjorie E. Wechsler, Kyra Caspary, Daniel C. Humphrey, and Kavita Kapadia Matsko

Full Document

For the past two years, SRI International and its partners, the Consortium on Chicago School Research and the Illinois Education Research Council, have been engaged in a research study of the induction efforts in Illinois and Ohio. The first report from the current study describe the induction policies in each state, identifies overarching factors affecting the design and implementation of induction programs, and present policies and practices most likely to raise the quality of induction programs. (Click here for a copy of the 2009 induction report).

The second phase of the study explores the relationship between various inputs-the induction and mentoring supports provided to teachers, teachers' backgrounds, and the contexts in which they are working-and various teachers outcomes-teachers' reports professional growth, efficacy, and retention. Funded by The Joyce Foundation.

Examining the Chicago Early Childhood Teacher Pipeline (2010-1)

Brenda K. Klostermann

Full Document | Executive Summary

Supplementary Material | ERIC ED508586

After completing a two-year study of the supply of and demand for early childhood teachers in Illinois (which included new certificants from higher education and the reserve pool of already-certified teachers), we found that, in general, the reserve pool could be expected to meet the increased demand if salaries reflected the training and professional experience of these teachers. We also found, however, that the reserve pool of already certified early childhood teachers was much less robust for the city of Chicago, so that it will need to rely more heavily on the certificant pipeline. But we also found that there appears to be large leakages in this higher education pipeline--especially from the "interest" to "program enrollment" stages of institutional enrollment.

Using a two-pronged approach, this study examined factors that may be preventing Chicago early childhood education students from progressing through the higher education pipeline. First, we worked with ten Chicago higher education institutions to conduct detailed analyses of the enrollment and one-year persistence data for their Fall 2006 early childhood education students. Second, we surveyed their Fall 2006 early childhood education students about conditions (e.g., student circumstances, program design) preventing them from progressing through their program. Findings from the study and policy recommendations are provided in our final report. Funded by The Joyce Foundation and the McCormick Foundations.

Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium 2009

Full Document

This document provides abstracts of research presentations on Illinois education that were made at the Sixth Focus on Illinois Education Reserch Symposium in Champaign, IL, June 2009.

IERC Annual Report for FY09 (2009)

Kathleen S. Brown

Full Document

This document provides a brief overview of the Illinois Education Research Council's activities for the 2008-2009 Fiscal Year.

Education Beyond High School Series

The Illinois Class of 2002 -- an overview: A descriptive summary four years after high school (IERC 2009-1)

Christopher M. Mullin, Bradford R. White and Kathleen Sullivan Brown

ERIC ED508587

The Illinois Class of 2002 and College Readiness (IERC 2009-2)

Bradford R. White, Christopher M. Mullin, and Kathleen Sullivan Brown

ERIC ED508588

The Illinois Class of 2002 and Gender (IERC 2009-3)

Kathleen Sullivan Brown, Christopher M. Mullin, and Bradford R. White

ERIC ED508589

The Illinois Class of 2002 and Parent Income (IERC 2009-4)

Bradford R. White, Christopher M. Mullin, and Kathleen Sullivan Brown

ERIC ED508590

The Illinois Class of 2002 and Race/Ethnicity (IERC 2009-5)

Kathleen Sullivan Brown, Christopher M. Mullin, and Bradford R. White

ERIC ED508591

The various ways by which members of the Class of 2002 interact with opportunities for postsecondary education frame this study. Presented are enrollment and completion trends. Displayed are data by fall, spring, and summer semesters to capture the annual rhythms of educational participation.

Grounding Research in Reality: Fiscal Equity & K-12 Funding in Illinois (IERC 2008-3)

Christopher M. Mullin and Kathleen Sullivan Brown

Full Document | Policy Brief | ERIC ED503548

The purpose of this study was to replicate both The Education Trust's The Funding Gap and D. Verstegen and L. Driscoll's The Illinois Dilemma studies published in 2008 utilizing the actual allocations to districts resulting from the fiscal policy mechanism (funding formula) in Illinois for the 200402005 school year to understand the influence of adjusted values on determinants of fiscal equity as applied in each of the earlier studies. The results of the IERC analyses indicated a less severe "gap" between the highest and lowest poverty district quartiles and a positive "gap" for high minority district quartiles when compared against the district quartiles with the lowest minority presence, as compared to results presented by the The Education Trust. With respect to the IERC results when revisiting The Illinois Dilemma, a more inequitable distribution of aid was observed than that reported by D. Verstegen and L. Driscoll. This finding was found to be the result of inequitable local resources primarily existing in elementary districts.

Leveling Up: Narrowing the Teacher Academic Capital Gap in Illinois (IERC 2008-1)

Bradford R. White, Jennifer B. Presley, and Karen J. DeAngelis

Full Document | Policy Brief | ERIC ED502243

This study examines the distribution, change, and impact of the Index of Teacher Academic Capital (ITAC) in all Illinois public schools from 2001 to 2006. The ITAC is a school-level composite of five measures: teacher ACT Composite and English scores, teacher Basic Skills Test results, teacher certification status, and teacher undergraduate college competitivess. We find that students in high-poverty and high-minority schools, especially those in Chicago, had less access to high ITAC than their counterparts elsewhere. However, high-poverty schools statewide and high-minority schools in Chicago also experienced the greatest gains in ITAC over the time period. We show the impact of ITAC by using fixed-effects models, which reveal that schools that increase their ITACs also tend to improve their achievement.

Leaving Schools or Leaving the Profession: Setting Illinois' Record Straight on New Teacher Attrition (IERC 2007-1)

Karen J. DeAngelis and Jennifer B. Presley

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED497703

This study assessed the extent of new teacher turnover from schools, districts, and the public school teaching profession in Illinois. Using data from the Illinois State Board of Education's Teacher Service Record (TSR) and Teacher Certification Information System (TCIS) databases for the period 1986/87 through 2005/06, several cohorts of full-time teachers were tracked for five years following their initial entry into teaching to account for their movements, including reentry to the Illinois Public Schools, over time. Differences in turnover rates by teachers' personal characteristics, such as gender, race/ethnicity, age at entry, and ACT scores, and by school characteristics, such as locale, percent low-income students, and percent minority students, were examined. The findings from this study will contribute to policy discussions concerning teacher personnel practices in Illinois.

Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium 2007

Full Document

This document provides abstracts of research presentations on Illinois education that were made at the Sixth Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium in Orland Park, IL, June 2007.

Following the Illinois High School Class of 2002: Three Years Into College (IERC 2006-5)

Yuqin Gong, Jennifer B. Presley, and Bradford R. White

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED494250

This report provides an update on the Illinois public high school class of 2002 and its progress through the higher education system. Three years after graduation, who has persisted, who has dropped out, who has transferred, and who has completed a two-year program?

Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium 2006

Full Document

This document provides abstracts of research presentations on Illinois education that were made at the Fifth Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium in Springfield, IL, June 2006.

The Illinois Early Childhood Teacher Reserve Pool Study (IERC 2006-4)

Brenda K. Klostermann, Bradford R. White, and Jennifer B. Presley

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED493164

This report presents the results of the Illinois Survey of Early Childhood Certificants, which we distributed to over 4,000 individuals in Spring 2005. The survey found that certified teachers are willing to consider working in Illinois early childhood centers under the right conditions, and that better salaries would make such positions more attractive - it is salaries not setting that deter potential recruitees. Many details about the characteristics and work experiences of this Reserve Pool are presented in the report, along with tables and charts comparing the Reserve Pool to other groups of respondents.

Pipelines and Pools: Meeting the Demand for Early Childhood Teachers in Illinois (IERC 2006-3)

Jennifer B. Presley, Brenda K. Klostermann, and Bradford R. White

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED493165

This study analyzes whether Illinois' supply of early childhood teachers will be adequate to meet the increased demand brought about by the state's new Preschool For All Plan. We find that the supply produced by the new-certificant pipeline, combined with an existing reserve pool of qualified teachers, will be sufficient to meet demand if certified teachers are offered professional salaries and the plan is phased in at a rate of about 10,000 additional students per year. Chicago will be more dependent on its new-certificant pipeline and needs to understand why so many students do not make it from "interest" to program enrollment to program completion.

The Demographics and Academics of College Going in Illinois (IERC 2006-2)

Yuqin Gong and Jennifer B. Presley

Full Document | Executive Summary | Summary Brief | ERIC ED493166

In order to help the state of Illinois assess the extent to which it is providing access to educational opportunities that lead to successful transitions to college and the workforce, the IERC is undertaking a six-year longitudinal study following the 113,660 students in the Illinois high school class of 2002. This report, the second one in the series, addresses college participation in the first academic year after high school graduation (AY 2002-2003).

Estimating the Economic Impact of College Student Migration From Illinois (IERC 2006-1)

Ryan Smith and Andrew F. Wall

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED493167

Guest authors Smith and Wall estimate the economic impact of student migration from Illinois. They conclude that Illinois loses about $700 million in tax revenues over the lifetime of Fall 2000 college migrants.

The Demographics and Academics of College Readiness in Illinois (IERC 2005-3)

Jennifer B. Presley and Yuqin Gong

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED493169

In order to help Illinois policymakers and education administrators assess whether the State's public high school graduates are ready to enter and succeed in college, the IERC is undertaking a six-year longitudinal study of the Illinois Class of 2002. This first report shows that only about one third of the Class of 2002 is college-ready, and that poor and minority members of the cohort are less likely to be ready for college when they finish high school.

Examining the Distribution and Impact of Teacher Quality in Illinois (IERC 2005-2)

Jennifer B. Presley, Bradford R. White, and Yuqin Gong

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED493170

In a previous Illinois Education Research Council (IERC) policy research report, The Distribution of Teacher Quality in Illinois (IERC 2005-1), we introduced the Illinois Teacher Quality Index (TQI). The TQI is a school-level indicator of teacher quality that describes a school's concentration of certain teacher attributes that research suggests are associated with student performance. In this report, we continue our exploration of the TQI, its distribution, and its relationship to student performance outcomes.

The Distribution of Teacher Quality in Illinois (IERC 2005-1)

Karen J. DeAngelis, Jennifer B. Presley, and Bradford R. White

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED493171

In this study, we look at the distribution of all 140,000 teachers in 2002-2003 among Illinois' public schools using five teacher attributes that have been shown in previous research to be related to student performance. We created a composite measure of school teacher quality that we named the Teacher Quality Index (TQI) to combine these teacher quality characteristics into a standardized index. We use a school's TQI as an indicator of average teacher quality at that school.

Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium 2005

Compendium of Abstracts

This document provides abstracts of research presentations on Illinois education that were made at the Fourth Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium in Bloomington, June 2005.

Issues in Education: AYP in Illinois and the Nation (IERC 2005-I-1)

Hazel E. Loucks and Eleanor G. Cameron

Full Document | ERIC ED504275

In the few short years since its passage in 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) has become the focus of many in education, from state superintendents to researchers to teachers. In this Issues in Education we seek to give the reader a basic introduction to the way in which NCLB and its main measure of success, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), work in Illinois, and to compare Illinois' implementation of NCLB with that of other states. We provide a history of adoption of NCLB in Illinois, explain the nuts and bolts of AYP, and finish with conclusions and recommendations.

Third Illinois Policy Inventory on Teaching and Learning (April 2005)

Jennifer B. Presley and Eleanor G. Cameron

Full Document

In December 2001, the Illinois Education Research Council prepared the first Inventory on teaching and learning for Illinois in conjunction with the state's responsibilities as a member of the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future. A second Inventory was published in December 2002. This third Inventory provides new information that documents progress to April 2005.

Collaborating for Success: Lessons Learned from Illinois' TQE Grant Implementation (January 2005)

Brenda K. Klostermann and Jennifer B. Presley

Full Document

Findings are presented from our case study evaluating the implementation of the IBHE's federally funded grant, A Common Vision: Teacher Quality Enhancement in the Middle Grades in Illinois. Four sites were examined in terms of how they organized to attain the grant goals, and what aspects of organizational culture and leadership behavior contributed to success. This cross-site analysis draws lessons learned from the four sites to assist future implementation of multi-site higher education projects.

Assessment of Illinois Early Care and Education Data and Research Reports (September 2004)

Jennifer B. Presley, Brenda K. Klostermann and Bradford R. White

Full Document

This report provides an audit and assessment of currently available Illinois early childcare data and reports. It provides recommendations to enhance current date collection efforts and outlines the next steps to be undertaken by the IERC in its study of early education in Illinois.

Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium 2004

Compendium of Abstracts

This document provides abstracts of research presentations on Illinois education that were made at the Third Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium in Naperville, June 2004.

Issues in Education: School Size (IERC 2004-I-1)

Karen J. DeAngelis

Full Document | ERIC ED504256

Responding to questions regarding what research tells us about the importance of school size to student achievement, this report reviews recent research on the topic. It concludes that to the extent that small schools are better able than large schools to create forward planning conditions, then small schools appear to be promising strategy. The report includes an extensive reference list.

Occupational Stability of New College Graduates (IERC RN 2003-1)

Jennifer B. Presley

Full Document | ERIC ED504255

Henke and Zahn (2001) found that 1992-93 college graduates who entered K-12 teaching were among the most stable of all employed graduates with respect to their occupations three years later. This Research Note reanalyzes Baccalaureate and Beyond data to include in the three-year comparison those who were not employed. The Henke and Zahn findings hold up.

Preparing School Principals: A National Perspective on Policy and Program Innovations (September 2003)

Elizabeth L. Hale and Hunter N. Moorman

Full Document | Overview (IERC 2003-I-3) | ERIC ED504276

This report is published jointly by the Institute for Educational Leadership (Washington, D.C.) and the IERC as part of its Issues in Education series. The report focuses on two areas in which state policies and programs can have particular influence on school leadership: licensure, certification and accreditation requirements, and administrator training and professional development.

Illinois Higher Education: A Comparative Analysis (IERC 2003-3)

Jennifer B. Presley

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED504257

Using data from national surveys, Illinois' higher education enrollment and funding patterns are compared to other states. Conclusions are drawn reagarding the state's investment in higher education

Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium 2003

Compendium of Abstracts

This document provides abstracts of research presentations on Illinois education that were made at the Second Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium in Champaign, June 2003.

Teacher Induction in Illinois: Evidence from the Illinois Teacher Study (IERC 2003-2)

Brenda K. Klostermann and Jennifer B. Presley, Michael T. Peddle and Charles E. Trott

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED504236

Using survey data collected through the Illinois Teacher Study, this report provides results about teachers' satisfaction with their preparation courses and their participation in induction activities. It describes the relationship between participation in specific induction activities, the number of activities in which respondents participated, and intentions to remain in teaching.

In the Pipeline: The Early Career Paths of Administrative Certificate Holders in Illinois (IERC 2003-1)

Karen J. DeAngelis

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED504235

The study examines the early career paths of a random sample of individuals who earned their Illinois Type 75 administrative certificates in 1999-2000.

Issues in Education. Class Size and Student Achievement: Lessons from California and Tennessee (IERC 2003-I-2)

Karen J. DeAngelis

Full Document | ERIC ED504258

Over the past several years, states have come under increased pressure to improve the academic achievement of all students in their schools. As states have looked for ways to accomplish this task, more and more have turned to class size reduction, particularly in the early elementary grades. In this paper, we summarize evidence from two well-known, state-sponsored class size reduction initiatives and consider why these initiatives produced such different results. The approaches to class size reduction taken by these states provide lessons for other states that might be considering such programs.

Issues in Education. Learning to Read (IERC 2003-I-1)

Jennifer B. Presley

Full Document | ERIC ED504271

Illinois' policy makers recognize the importance of reading competency to success in school. In this paper we summarize the findings of several recent national reports on reading and consider their findings for Illinois' reading initiatives. The paper also provides an overview of reading programs and certification in Illinois, including the Assessment of Professional Teaching examination that will be required for initial certification in October 2003.

Teacher Supply in Illinois: Evidence From the Illinois Teacher Study (December 2002)

Karen J. DeAngelis, Michael T. Peddle and Charles E. Trott

Full Document | Executive Summary | ERIC ED504270

This study examines the career plans and experiences of newly certified teachers and teachers with one to five years of teaching experience in the Illinois public schools. During the Fall 2011, the three groups reported here were surveyed via telephone about their employment experiences, their intended career plans, the reasons behind the decisions of those who left teaching, and their experiences in the job market for public school teaching positions in Illinois. Between 350 and 400 surveys were completed for each of the three groups.

Illinois Policy Inventory on Teaching and Learning (December 2002)

Jennifer B. Presley for the Governor's Council on Educator Quality

Full Document

In December 2001, the Governor's Council on Educator Quality prepared its first report on teaching and learning in Illinois. It committed to updating the report annually. This 2002 Policy Inventory on Teaching and Learning provides new information that documents progress during 2002.

Assessment of Data Sources Relevant to the Supply and Quality of Illinois Primary and Secondary Educators (December 2002)

James M. Wilson

Full Document | Executive Summary

In November 2001 the Illinois Education Research Council received a grant from the Washington Mutual Foundation to assess the extent and usefulness of Illinois' data systems for the study of teacher supply and demand. Data and Decision Analysis, Inc. was contracted to undertake a review of currently available data, identify data gaps, and suggest steps for moving forward. This report is in response to that charge.

The School Funding Gap: How Illinois Ranks (November 2002)

Jennifer B. Presley and Isis D. Randolph

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This report extends the funding gap analysis for K-12 districts that was published by The Education Trust in August 2002. This study provides information on the national ranking of all Illinois' school districts based on poverty quartile and state and local funding. It also examines funding adequacy, in addition to funding equity.

The Teacher Supply Pipeline in Illinois: Entrance Into and Exit From Teaching (October 2002)

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This Policy Research Brief summarizes findings from several studies of the Illinois teacher supply pipeline. It describes current teacher shortages, and identifies opportunities to plug leaks in the teacher supply pipeline.

Illinois Policy Inventory on Teaching and Learning (December 2001)

Jennifer B. Presley and Pamela J. Konkol for the Governor's Council on Educator Quality

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As one of the partner states with the National Commission on Teaching & America's Future (NCTAF), Illinois formed a teacher quality policy advisory council. Each state's council is expected to document the status of state policies that support student learning through quality instruction. The Governor's Council has prepared this report to meet that commitment.

Paths To Teaching (IERC 2001-1)

John B. Lee, Suzanne B. Clery and Jennifer B. Presley

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This report traces the early career patterns of teachers who graduated from college in 1993. The results provide information on which college graduates became teachers, where they taught and whether they left teaching within three years.