|Public Act 094-0534
||LRB094 10884 RAS 41430 b
AN ACT concerning education.
Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
This Act may be cited as the
College and Career Success for All Students Act
The purpose of this Act is to ensure
that each Illinois student has a sufficient education for
success after high school and that all students have equal
access to a substantive and rigorous curriculum that is
designed to challenge their minds, enhance their knowledge and
skills, and prepare them for success in college and work.
In this Act:
"Advanced Placement course" means a course sponsored by
the College Board and offered for college credit at the high
"Advanced Placement teacher" means a teacher of an
Advanced Placement course.
"Pre-Advanced Placement" means set professional
development resources and services that equip all middle and
high school teachers with the strategies and tools they need to
engage their students in active, high-level learning, thereby
ensuring that every middle and high school student develops the
skills, habits of mind, and concepts they need to succeed in
Advanced Placement courses.
"Vertical Team" means a group of teachers and educators
from different grade levels in a given discipline who work
cooperatively to develop and implement a vertically aligned
program aimed at helping students from diverse backgrounds
acquire the academic skills necessary for success in Advanced
Placement courses and other challenging courses.
(a) Subject to appropriation, a teacher of an Advanced
Placement course must obtain appropriate training. Subject to
appropriation, the State Board of Education shall establish
clear, specific, and challenging training guidelines that
require teachers of Advanced Placement courses to obtain
recognized Advanced Placement training endorsed by the College
(b) Advanced Placement and Pre-Advanced Placement training
to teachers in Illinois high schools must do all of the
(1) Provide teachers of Advanced Placement and
teachers in courses that lead to Advanced Placement with
the necessary content knowledge and instructional skills
to prepare students for success in Advanced Placement
courses and examinations and other advanced course
examinations and mastery of postsecondary course content.
(2) Provide administrators, including principals and
counselors, with professional development that will enable
them to create strong and effective Advanced Placement
programs in their schools.
(3) Provide middle grade, junior high, and high school
teachers with Advanced Placement Vertical Team training
and other Pre-Advanced Placement professional development
that prepares students for success in Advanced Placement
(4) Support the implementation of an instructional
program for students in grades 6 through 12 that provides
an integrated set of instructional materials, diagnostic
assessments, and teacher professional development in
reading, writing, and mathematics that prepares all
students for enrollment and success in Advanced Placement
courses and in college.
Duties of the State Board.
(a) In order to fulfill the purposes of this Act, the State
Board of Education shall encourage school districts to offer
rigorous courses in grades 6 through 11 that prepare students
for the demands of Advanced Placement course work. The State
Board of Education shall also encourage school districts to
make it a goal that all 10th graders take the Preliminary
SAT/National Merit Scholars Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) so
that test results will provide each high school with a database
of student assessment data that guidance counselors and
teachers will be able to use to identify students who are
prepared or who need additional work to be prepared to enroll
and be successful in Advanced Placement courses, using a
research-based Advanced Placement identification program
provided by the College Board.
(b) The State Board of Education shall do all of the
(1) Seek federal funding through the Advanced
Placement Incentive Program and the Math-Science
Partnership Program and use it to support Advanced
Placement and Pre-Advanced Placement teacher professional
development and to support the implementation of an
integrated instructional program for students in grades 6
through 12 in reading, writing, and mathematics that
prepares all students for enrollment and success in
Advanced Placement courses and in college.
(2) Focus State and federal funding with the intent to
carry out activities that target school districts serving
high concentrations of low-income students.
(3) Subject to appropriation, provide a plan of
communication that includes without limitation
disseminating to parents materials that emphasize the
importance of Advanced Placement or other advanced courses
to a student's ability to gain access to and to succeed in
postsecondary education and materials that emphasize the
importance of the PSAT/NMSQT, which provides diagnostic
feedback on skills and relates student scores to the
probability of success in Advanced Placement courses and
examinations, and disseminating this information to
students, teachers, counselors, administrators, school
districts, public community colleges, and State
(4) Subject to appropriation, annually evaluate the
impact of this Act on rates of student enrollment and
success in Advanced Placement courses, on high school
graduation rates, and on college enrollment rates.