ISBE Test of Basic Skills Requirement – UPDATE

Important Test of Basic Skills Updates

Important Test of Basic Skills Updates

Legislation addressing Illinois’ basic skills requirement for teacher licensure was passed during the recent legislative session. Public Act 101-0220  eliminates that requirement completely. The bill was signed into law by Governor JB Prtizker on August 8, 2019 and takes effective immediately.

This change impacts educator licensure and teacher candidates as follows:

  • Individuals who are currently enrolled in an Illinois educator preparation program
    • A test of basic skills is no longer required for licensure.
  • Individuals who are currently seeking the Professional Educator License (PEL)
    • A test of basic skills is no longer required for licensure.
  • Individuals enrolling in an alternative educator preparation program
    • A test of basic skills is no longer required for admission into an alternative educator preparation program.
  • Individuals who will be participating in a school support internship
    • A test of basic skills is no longer required prior to internship.

Candidates are no longer required to have any scores for tests of basic skills, including the ACT, SAT, and TAP, sent to ISBE. There may be individuals with additional circumstances who will be affected by the signing of this legislation. If you have specific questions, please contact the Council on Teacher Education at 312-355-0714.

Link to August 8, 2019 Press Release: Elimination of Test of Basic Skills removes financial and practical barrier for teacher candidates.