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CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT: Utilizing data for improving teacher effectiveness statewide​​​​​​​​​​

In 2016, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) embarked on a significant effort to advance the work of educator preparation programs statewide by strengthening data collection, sharing, and reporting. The Partnership for Educator Preparation (PEP)—a steering committee consisting of a diverse stakeholders representing educators, principals, and higher education institutions as well as other experts throughout the state—is providing input and guidance in the process and content of ISBE’s revised accountability and program improvement system for teacher and principal preparation statewide.

The goal of this new system is to ensure all new Illinois teachers are learner-ready on day one in the classroom, and that data is used as a tool for continuous improvement to strengthen teacher preparation statewide in the long term.

Currently in Year Two of the Statewide Pilot, all 58 Illinois higher education institutions with educator, administrator, and school support preparation programs are participating by submitting data to ISBE about their candidates. In return, ISBE will share analysis reports of that data back to each institution for administrators to explore the strengths, weaknesses, and areas for improvement within their programs.

Explore the following resources and pages to learn more about the PEP and the program’s progress to date.​

Key Milestones of the PEP Process

August 2016
PEP Steering Committee recommends improved data collection system to ISBE for better accountability, transparency
Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Mini-Pilot: 36 educator prep programs, 76% of teaching candidates in the state, submit applications for initial pilot to test recommended system
Fall 2017 - Spring 2018
Statewide Pilot - Year One: All Illinois institutions with educator preparation programs participate in Year One of two-year state pilot
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
Statewide Pilot - Year Two: All Illinois institutions with educator, administrator, and school support preparation programs participate in Year Two of statewide pilot
Fall 2019 - Spring 2020
Implementation: ISBE replaces current annual reporting with the new system and shares results with educator preparation programs. Release of data important for external stateholders to be made public in 2020.

 Steering Committee Members

The PEP Steering Committee was carefully selected to enable the voices of teachers, principals, districts, and preparation programs to drive the continual improvement process. A list of current members is found below:

  • Jeremy Babel – Leyden High School District 212
  • Taylor Bauer - Student Teacher, University of Illinois Springfield
  • Christy Borders - Illinois State University
  • Dr. John Burkey - LUDA​
  • Siobhan Cafferty – Loyola University Chicago​
  • Tim Duggan – Northeastern Illinois University
  • Kiah Duncan – Harvey School District 152
  • Keisa Garrett - Mason Clark Middle School, Principal
  • Sophia Gehlhausen – Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Herschel A. Hannah, Jr. – Bloomington Public School District 87 
  • Tammy Knippenberg – Lexington High School District 7
  • Kristin Kramer – Illinois PTA
  • Nancy Latham – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Matt Lyons – Chicago Public Schools
  • Christian Mahone – Springfield District 186
  • Rob Muller – National Louis University 
  • Barbara O'Donnell – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Diane Rutledge – Large Unit District Association 
  • Mindy Sjoblom – Relay Graduate School of Education 
  • Jennifer Smith – Monticello School District 25 
  • Sara Stoelinga – University of Chicago 
  • Steve Tozer – University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Brad White - IL Education Research Council/Lewis & Clark Community College
  • Robert Wilhite – Concordia University​​

 External Resources

The following resources and projects explore various areas of teacher preparation and the use of data. Explore these links, and the reports, videos, and articles within to help inform your institution's new data reporting process.

The New Teacher Project – TNTP:

The 2017 report “Getting to Better Prep: A State Guide for Teacher Preparation Data Systems"PDF Document explores new educator preparation program reporting processes in several states, including Illinois, to share best practices and lessons learned.

Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity and Continuous Improvement Communities of Practice:

ISBE has enlisted the support of the Branch Alliance for Educator Diversity (BranchED) to develop and launch a pilot initiative aimed at establishing Continuous Improvement Communities of Practice (CICPs).

Learn more in this ​Continuous Improvement Communities of Practice (CICPs) outlinePDF Document and on BranchED's website.

National Center for Teacher Residencies:

The National Center for Teacher Residencies (NCTS) Resources page hosts various reports and tools geared at building effective teachers.

​Regional Education Laboratory:

There are 10 Regional Educational Laboratories (RELs) that work in partnership across the Midwest to conduct applied research and training with a mission of supporting a more evidence-based education system. The ​REL website offers webinars, articles and others tools centered on improving an evidence-based education approach with topics from college readiness to the education landscape today.​


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