State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies: State Profile - Illinois

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 


Kindergarten Requirements
What is the compulsory school age? Age 6 on or before September 1 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/26-1
What is the state's kindergarten entrance age? Age 5 on or before September 1 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/10-20.12
What age exemptions or waivers exist for kindergarten entrance? Opt-in: Age 5, local school board decision based on assessment. 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/10-20.12
Does the state require children to attend kindergarten? No 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/10-20.12
Does the state require the district to offer kindergarten and if so, full or half day? What exemptions exist for districts? Yes — Half-Day or Full-Day 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/10-20.19a
How many hours are required for grades K-3? 2 hours per day for half-day kindergarten.
4 hours per day for full-day kindergarten and first grade.
5 hours per day for all other grades.
105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/18-8.05
Teacher Quality
What are the teacher-to-student ratio requirements for grade K-3? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in reading? Teacher preparation: Literacy standards for elementary teachers address foundational knowledge and instructional practices for elementary teachers. Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 20.110
What are the requirements for teacher training and professional development in math? Teacher Preparation: Mathematics standards for elementary teachers address core content areas, foundational knowledge and instructional practices for elementary teachers.
Professional development: Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation.
Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 20.120
Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Professional educators may receive an early childhood endorsement. Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 26.100
School Readiness and Transitions
Are kindergarten entrance assessments required? The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) must be administered annually to each student enrolled in kindergarten. Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 1.420
What are states required to do with the results of the KEA? Each school district shall report the results of Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) to the state board of education once each school year. Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 1.420
Are there programs in place to guide the pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition process? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Does the state have a statutory definition of school readiness? What do states use their definition of school readiness to inform? State readiness measures address language and literacy development, cognition and math, and approaches toward learning and social and emotional development. These measures inform the kindergarten entrance assessment. Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 1.420
Assessment, Intervention and Retention
Are assessments required in grades K-3? Schools must annually assess students in grade three in language arts, mathematics and science. 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/2-3.64a-5
What do the results of K-3 assessments inform? The results and scores of the assessments must be available to parents. 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/2-3.64a-5(e)
Are there interventions available beginning in kindergarten? What are the interventions available for students in grades K-3? Funds to hire reading specialists, reading teachers and aides to provide early reading intervention in K-2 and provide support in grades 3-6 are available through the reading improvement block grant program. 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/2-3.51
Is there a third grade retention policy? Yes, students determined by the local district to not qualify for promotion to the next higher grade shall be provided remedial assistance, which may include, but shall not be limited to, a summer bridge program of no less than 90 hours, tutorial sessions, increased or concentrated instructional time, modifications to instructional materials, and retention in grade." 105 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/10-20.9a
Family Engagement
For those states with pre-kindergarten to kindergarten transition guidance, is family engagement a requirement? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
For those states with third grade retention policies, is parental input required? Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Social-Emotional Learning
Where is social-emotional development emphasized in statute? Social and emotional learning is included in the school readiness measures. Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 1.420

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