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Illinois is a Governing State in the PARCC Consortium
Superintendent Christopher Koch serves on the Governing Board. Susie Morrison, Deputy Superintendent, Mary O’Brian, Acting Director of Assessment, and Dan Long, PARCC Coordinator, at the Illinois State Board of Education, are the K-12 Leads for PARCC in Illinois. Dan Cullen, Deputy Director for Academic Affairs of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, and Brian Durham, Senior Director for Academic Affairs and CTE of the Illinois Community College Board, coordinate PARCC-related postsecondary engagement activities in the state. Lt. Governor Sheila Simon serves on the Advisory Committee on College Readiness for PARCC.
Illinois has been active in the American Diploma Project Network since 2008, aligning its standards and assessments with expectations of postsecondary education and employers. The state adopted the Common Core State Standards in June 2010, and became a Governing State in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers in the spring of 2010. Leaders from Illinois’ K-12 and higher education communities were engaged in the development of PARCC’s proposal for common, next-generation assessments.
The PARCC assessment measures real world skills that colleges value, like critical thinking and problem solving. That’s why all of Illinois' public two- and four-year colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC. They helped develop the assessments to ensure that it measures college readiness.
Illinois' college and universities will use those assessments as one of the indicators of a student’s readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses – and because these institutions educate every freshman entering public colleges and universities in Illinois, we’re ensuring that our students succeed.
See a full list of participating institutions here.