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Testing Recommendations for Elementary and Middle Grades Candidates

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Testing Recommendations for Elementary Education Candidates

In addition to the current ILTS Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test, the new ILTS Elementary Education (Grades 1–6) (197–200) test is now available.

It is recommended that candidates take the test that aligns with the grade range of their educator preparation program (either K–9 or 1–6). However, elementary educators may take either the Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test or the Elementary Education (197-200) test until the Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test is no longer available. The Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test will be available through August 31, 2018. If you are unsure of the grade range of your program, please talk to your college/university licensure officer.

Contact the Illinois State Board of Education at 217-557-6763 if you have any questions.

Testing Requirements for Middle Grades Candidates

New ILTS Middle Grades (5–8) content tests became available starting February 20, 2017 (registration opened in December 2016):

It is required that candidates take the test that aligns with the content and grade range of their educator preparation program.

Middle Grades candidates receiving endorsements outside of the four content areas of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Science should take the Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test until the new General Middle Grades test is available in February 2018.

If you are unsure of the grade range of your program or the specific test you need to take, please talk to your college/university licensure officer.

Contact the Illinois State Board of Education at 217-557-6763 if you have any questions.

A document "The Future of Illinois Middle Grades—Reference Guide PDF document"—which outlines the charge behind the transition and includes frequently asked questions and example scenarios—is available on the ISBE website.