Policy Overviews

IERC Presentation: Preparing the Illinois Early Childhood Workforce: Lessons from a Study of Institutional Partnership Grants

Stephanie Bernoteit, Christi Chadwick, Brenda Klostermann, Eric Lichtenberger, and Cathy Main

In this implementation study we reveal the barriers to achieving project goals and the catalysts that allowed the 2-year and 4-year institution early childhood education partners to meet their objectives. This research is informative for policy development specific to articulation agreements, current and future early childhood innovation grantees, as well as others attempting to build stronger and more authentic partnerships between community colleges and four-year institutions.  More

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IERC Presentation: Restructuring Principal Preparation in Illinois: Perspectives on Implementation Successes, Challenges, and Future Outlook

Brenda Klostermannn and Amber Stitziel Pareja

Results of phase one of a implementation review study of Illinois’ new policy for principal preparation indicate that a majority of those interviewed support the policy goals and have a positive outlook on its future impact. Concerns about a constricted pipeline and strained resources were also expressed. Future policy implications are suggested.  More

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IERC Presentation: College & Career Access, Persistence and Success Statewide

Janet K. Holt

This presentation describes IERC research on college and career access persistence, and success statewide, summarizing findings from three IERC reports: College Readiness and the Postsecondary Outcomes of Illinois High School Students (IERC 2012–1), Developing Indicators of Progress toward a College Degree (June 2013), and Outmigration and Human Capital: Homeward Bound of Gone for Good? (IERC 2014–1).   More

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

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.   More

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IERC Presentation: Political Activism for Graduate Education

Buehlmann, B., Charles, J., & Holt, J.K.

Panelist for the annual meeting of the Illinois Association of Graduate Schools, Edwardsville, IL, October, 2014.  More

IERC Presentation: Education Policy and College Readiness in Illinois

Janet Holt

Twelfth Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium, Bloomington, IL, October 7-8, 2014.  More

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

Christopher M. Mullin and Kathleen Sullivan Brown

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 2004-2005 school year to understand the influence of adjusted values on determinants of fiscal equity as applied in each of the earlier studies.   More

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IERC Presentation: Educational Policy Issues Related to College Readiness

Janet K. Holt

Northern Illinois University, April 29, 2014.  More

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

Hazel E. Loucks and Eleanor G. Cameron

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.  More

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

Jennifer B. Presley and Eleanor G. Cameron

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.   More

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