Inequity in Illinois’ education system runs deep. Where some high schools offer abundant opportunities to earn college credit in high school at little cost to their families, others have paltry dual credit course offerings, some of which come with a hefty price tag.
These Dual Credit course inequities often go unnoticed.
There are real barriers to equitable access to advanced courses. Dual Credit licensure rules have changed recently in an effort to enable more teachers to meet the rigorous qualifications, but in an era of severe educator shortages, underfunded school districts across the state struggle to recruit and retain teachers to teach advanced coursework and counselors to thoughtfully guide students toward their best curricular options.
A new bill for 2021, HB5506 (Stuart), will revise the Dual Credit Quality Act to boost the Dual Credit teacher pipeline through secondary and post-secondary partnerships, pave the way for Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers to benefit from those partnerships, and allow mixed enrollment classrooms granting districts more flexibility.
If you want to bring Dual Credit courses to your school, be sure to check out our Dual Credit Advocacy Toolkit. This interactive website guides users through the process of establishing Dual Credit programs and exploring teacher credentialing requirements for dual credit courses. The site can also be used as a navigation tool to find relevant documents and resources related to dual credit. Parents, teachers, administrators, and community members can access the toolkit by visiting standadvocacytoolkit.org.