Public commenting website for transitional english competencies and policies

The Postsecondary Workforce Readiness Act (PWR Act) Transitional English Course Parameters and Competencies are now available for public review. ISBE, ICCB, and IBHE invite public comment and feedback on these drafts through the online survey beginning June 1 through July 31, 2020.

To provide comments, please use the survey available here:  Statewide Transitional English Courses Parameters and Competencies Survey for Feedback


Background:  As the foundation for a statewide system to improve remedial outcomes in reading and communications, the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act directs the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois Community College Board (ICCB), and Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) to establish a statewide panel to recommend competencies for transitional instruction that avoids student placement into remedial reading and communications courses. Pursuant to this charge, the agencies convened a Transitional English Competency Development Group in Fall 2019 consisting of high school administrators, high school English teachers, community college and university administrators, community college and university English faculty, and State agency representatives.  Over a month period, this Group developed the content of the Statewide Transitional English Course Parameters and Competencies document made available for public comment (“Transitional English Course Parameters and Competencies”).

Course Parameters and Competencies Document


Informational Webinar: An informational webinar recording and presentation are available at the links below. There will be future webinars and convenings to provide implementation information and training.


Questions:  If you have any questions or needs, please contact Melvin J. Harrison, Director for Academic Affairs, Illinois Community College Board,