Preparing Illinois Schools and Districts for State-Wide College and Career Readiness

ARLINGTON, VA - May 8, 2018 - The Illinois State Board of Education recently announced the Every Student Succeeds Act State Plan requirements for College and Career Readiness. The ESSA State Plan establishes a multi-factor approach to measuring student readiness upon high school graduation, which all public schools and districts will be required to follow.

Naviance by Hobsons serves more than 40% of high school students in Illinois and supports several of the largest districts in the state, including Chicago Public Schools, Plainfield School District 202, Waukegan Public School District 60, and Township School District 214. Because of this, Northern Illinois University researchers, who were tasked with creating the ESSA State plan, asked Naviance to consult on their efforts.  

To assist Illinois schools and districts become compliant to the new state requirements, Naviance by Hobsons will hold an informational webinar, “Illinois ESSA College and Career Readiness Indicator,” on May 11th from 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST. The webinar is in partnership with the Education System Center of Northern Illinois University.

The webinar will provide an overview on how the college and career readiness indicator can be implemented, tracked and measured with Naviance. Best practices will be shared for current Naviance users as well as those looking into using Naviance in their school or district.

Presenters include:

  • Jon Furr, Executive Director, Education System Center, Northern Illinois University
  • Emily Rusca, Policy and Programs Manager, Education System Center, Northern Illinois University
  • Laura Fischer, Director of Enterprise Partnerships, Naviance by Hobsons

“Naviance is proud to partner with the Illinois State Board of Education and Northern Illinois University in this initiative to provide consistent college and career readiness requirements to all Illinois students,” said Monica Morrell, General Manager of Naviance. “It is our mission to assist students across the country in becoming college and career ready, no matter their chosen pathway upon graduation.”

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Hobsons helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to best-fit educational opportunities, and reach their education and life goals. Through our solutions, we enable thousands of educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and best-fit matching, enrollment management, and student success and advising for millions of students around the globe. Our leading college and career readiness platform Naviance was named the 2017 SIIA CODiE Award winner in the Best College and Career Readiness Solution category.

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