Over the course of the 2018-2019 school year, in collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Community College Board, and the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Education Systems Center led a committee of educators from school districts and postsecondary institutions in the development of the draft Course Parameters and Competencies for Transitional English. During this same period, the Illinois Community College Board awarded grants to support community colleges and school districts in beginning to develop and launch their Transitional English programs locally that would based their work on this state-wide framework. The ICCB Transitional English Grant awardees represent a variety of institutions, geographic regions, and demographics throughout Illinois.
On June 2, 2020, Education Systems Center, the state agencies, and representatives of the Competency Development Group presented a state-wide Transitional English webinar to provide background and explanation regarding Transitional English.
Educators and the public can provide feedback on the draft framework using this Transitional English Public Comment Survey through July 31, 2020.
The image below provides an outline of the process of moving from where it is today to full implementation.
At the time of the publication, the State of Illinois is in the left-most circle. Based on the feedback, there may be adjustments to the draft framework. Then, during Fall 2020, it is anticipated that the state agencies will review the course parameters and competencies and then adopt them. At that point, the work will shift to implementing the state-wide portability panel in order to ensure that all students who are successful in Transitional English can be placed in the appropriate college English class across Illinois.
For more information, visit the Illinois Community College Board’s official Transitional English website.