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