The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) are jointly committed to expanding access to quality dual credit coursework for Illinois high school students. We support the purposes of the
Dual Credit Quality Act (DCQA) (110 ILCS 27/1 et seq.), as recently amended by
Public Act 100-1049, which include expanding dual credit in order to reduce college costs, speed time to completion, facilitate the transition between high school and college, and offer opportunities for improving degree attainment for underserved populations.
To advance those purposes, P.A. 100-1049 directed ISBE and ICCB to appoint a Dual Credit Committee to develop a Model Partnership Agreement addressing the parameters of local school district-community college partnerships to offer dual credit. The resulting Model Partnership Agreement will guide local partnerships between high schools and colleges necessary for the successful implementation of quality dual credit courses and related student supports. These resources will contribute to an education system that supports more students to successfully transition from high school into postsecondary education and beyond.