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Findings by State - Illinois

Overview

Scope of Review in Illinois
  10370 New teachers from the state's higher education institutions included in Review (2010)
  50 Institutions evaluated by NCTQ in the 2013 Review
-58 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-54 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
  43 Institutions with sufficient data for an overall program rating
-Collectively supplying 94% of the state's traditionally trained teachers
-43 elementary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
-24 secondary programs, undergraduate (UG) and graduate (G)
10% Institutions sharing information for the Review
Big "take-aways" about teacher preparation in Illinois:

  • Highly rated programs -- Programs at Aurora University (undergraduate elementary); Chicago State University (undergraduate elementary); Eastern Illinois University (undergraduate elementary); Quincy University (undergraduate elementary); Southern Illinois University Carbondale (undergraduate secondary); Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (undergraduate elementary); and University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign (undergraduate secondary) are on the Teacher Prep Review's Honor Roll, earning at least three out of four possible stars. Across the country, NCTQ identified 21 elementary programs (4 percent of those rated) and 84 secondary programs (14 percent) for the Honor Roll.

  • Selectivity in admissions -- The Review found that 77 percent of elementary and secondary programs in Illinois restrict admissions to the top half of the college-going population, compared to just 28 percent nationwide. The strong showing by Illinois programs reflects a high bar in state testing requirements for undergraduate admissions.

Some worry that increasing admissions requirements will have a negative effect on the diversity of teacher candidates. By increasing the rigor and therefore the prestige of teacher preparation the profession will attract more talent, including talented minorities. This is not an impossible dream: 83 programs across the country earn a Strong Design designation on this standard because they are both selective and diverse, including Knox College (undergraduate elementary and secondary), MacMurray College (undergraduate elementary and secondary), McKendree College (undergraduate secondary), National Louis University (graduate elementary and secondary), Quincy University (undergraduate elementary) and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (graduate secondary).

  • Early reading instruction -- Just 28 percent of evaluated elementary programs in Illinois are preparing teacher candidates in effective, scientifically based reading instruction, comparable to the small minority of programs (29 percent) providing such training nationally.

  • Elementary math -- A mere 19 percent of evaluated elementary programs nationwide provide strong preparation to teach elementary mathematics, training that mirrors the practices of higher performing nations such as Singapore and South Korea. Just 6 percent of the evaluated elementary programs in Illinois provide such training.

  • Student teaching -- Of the evaluated elementary and secondary programs in Illinois, 72 percent entirely fail to ensure a high quality student teaching experience, in which candidates are assigned only to highly skilled teachers and receive frequent concrete feedback. 71 percent of programs across the country failed this standard.

  • Classroom management -- Only 8 percent of the evaluated Illinois elementary and secondary programs earn a perfect four stars for providing feedback to teacher candidates on concrete classroom management strategies to improve classroom behavior, compared to 23 percent of evaluated programs nationwide.

  • Content preparation -- Just 2 percent of Illinois' elementary programs earn three or four stars for providing teacher candidates adequate content preparation, compared to 11 percent of elementary programs nationwide. The results are similar at the high school level, with just 4 percent of Illinois secondary programs earning four stars for content preparation, compared to 35 percent nationwide. Illinois secondary certification requirements in the sciences and social sciences allow a candidate to teach any course in each field, making it extremely difficult for programs to provide adequate coursework preparation.

  • Outcome data -- More Illinois programs are collecting data on their graduates than is typical. 48 percent of evaluated programs earn four stars, compared to just 26 percent nationally. One factor in this strong performance is the effort by a consortium of institutions of higher education to administer alumni and employer surveys. In the absence of state efforts to connect student achievement data to teacher preparation programs, administer surveys of graduates and employers or require administration of teacher performance assessments (TPAs), programs that fare poorly on this standard have not taken the initiative to collect any such data on their own.

Illinois Elementary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Illinois Secondary Teacher Prep Rating Distribution

Programs that earned 3-star rating or more
Aurora University - Undergraduate Elementary
Chicago State University - Undergraduate Elementary
Eastern Illinois University - Undergraduate Elementary
Quincy University - Undergraduate Elementary
Southern Illinois University Carbondale - Undergraduate Secondary
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville - Undergraduate Elementary
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign - Undergraduate Secondary
Consumer Alert: Programs earning no stars

Endorsers of the Review in Illinois

Christopher Koch, State Superintendent

Advance Illinois
DFER Illinois

Jean-Claude Brizard, former Chief Executive Officer, Chicago Public Schools
Ron Huberman, former Superintendent, Chicago Public Schools

Illinois' Teacher Prep Review was made possible by the following foundations and organizations

Illinois funders
Finnegan Family Foundation
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
Osa Foundation
Polk Bros Foundation
Anonymous

A limited portion of funds was provided by national funders
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Gleason Family Foundation
Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
Searle Freedom Trust
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
The Teaching Commission
Anonymous (2)

Institution List

Institutions with Teacher Training Rated
Augustana College Annual new teacher production (2010):  74
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Aurora University Annual new teacher production (2010):  261
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Benedictine University Annual new teacher production (2010):  127
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary
Blackburn College Annual new teacher production (2010):  27
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Bradley University Annual new teacher production (2010):  137
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Chicago State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  191
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Columbia College Chicago Annual new teacher production (2010):  29
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Concordia University Chicago Annual new teacher production (2010):  111
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
DePaul University Annual new teacher production (2010):  557
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Dominican University Annual new teacher production (2010):  139
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Eastern Illinois University Annual new teacher production (2010):  707
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education Some standard scores available
Elmhurst College Annual new teacher production (2010):  138
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Erikson Institute Annual new teacher production (2010):  24
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Eureka College Annual new teacher production (2010):  48
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Governors State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  217
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Greenville College Annual new teacher production (2010):  113
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Illinois College Annual new teacher production (2010):  36
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Illinois State University Annual new teacher production (2010):  1066
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education
Illinois Wesleyan University Annual new teacher production (2010):  39
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Judson University Annual new teacher production (2010):  39
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Kendall College Annual new teacher production (2010):  34
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Knox College Annual new teacher production (2010):  24
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Lewis University Annual new teacher production (2010):  162
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Loyola University Chicago Annual new teacher production (2010):  171
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
MacMurray College Annual new teacher production (2010):  22
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
McKendree University Annual new teacher production (2010):  98
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary
Millikin University Annual new teacher production (2010):  125
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Monmouth College Annual new teacher production (2010):  47
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
National Louis University Annual new teacher production (2010):  1136
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
North Central College Annual new teacher production (2010):  103
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
North Park University Annual new teacher production (2010):  60
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Northeastern Illinois University Annual new teacher production (2010):  426
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
Graduate Special Education Some standard scores available
Northern Illinois University Annual new teacher production (2010):  725
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Undergraduate Special Education Some standard scores available
Northwestern University Annual new teacher production (2010):  145
Graduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Olivet Nazarene University Annual new teacher production (2010):  125
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Quincy University Annual new teacher production (2010):  84
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Rockford College Annual new teacher production (2010):  118
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Roosevelt University Annual new teacher production (2010):  263
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Graduate Secondary
Saint Xavier University Annual new teacher production (2010):  225
Graduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Southern Illinois University Carbondale Annual new teacher production (2010):  375
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Annual new teacher production (2010):  345
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Trinity Christian College Annual new teacher production (2010):  164
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Trinity International University Annual new teacher production (2010):  66
Graduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Chicago Annual new teacher production (2010):  15
Graduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
University of Illinois at Chicago Annual new teacher production (2010):  261
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Annual new teacher production (2010):  457
Undergraduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Graduate Elementary Some standard scores available
Undergraduate Secondary
Graduate Secondary
University of Illinois Springfield Annual new teacher production (2010):  47
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary
University of St. Francis Annual new teacher production (2010):  106
Undergraduate Elementary
Graduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Western Illinois University Annual new teacher production (2010):  298
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available
Wheaton College Annual new teacher production (2010):  63
Undergraduate Elementary
Undergraduate Secondary Some standard scores available

Institutions with Teacher Training Not Rated

Illinois Institute of Technology
Lake Forest College
Principia College

State Context

Good preparation does not guarantee that teachers will ultimately be effective, but there is much that states can do to ensure that new teachers are classroom ready. The tables below are drawn from NCTQ's 2013 State Teacher Policy Yearbook (Full State Report here) and offer a summary of Illinois's teacher preparation policies, identifying strong policies and those in need of improvement.

Each state has a set of laws, rules and regulations that govern how teachers are prepared for the classroom.  These policies establish guidelines for admission to teacher preparation programs, set standards for what teachers should know and be able to do in order to be licensed, and can be used to hold preparation programs accountable for the quality of teachers they produce.

Although states regulate most aspects of how teachers are prepared, where in each state this authority lies is not standard across the country. And in some states, authority for different components of teacher preparation rests with different entities.