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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). If you are unsure of the grade range of your program, please talk to your college/university licensure officer.

Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test (available through August 2017):

  • Through March 20, 2016, any candidate who has completed or is currently enrolled in any elementary education program should take the Elementary/Middle Grades test.
  • Candidates who are still enrolled in the "old" elementary education programs (K–9) and who test March 21 or after should take the Elementary/Middle Grades test.

Elementary Education (Grades 1–6) (197–200) test (available starting March 21, 2016):

  • Effective March 21, 2016, it is recommended that candidates enrolled in the "new" elementary education (grades 1–6) teacher education programs who have not previously passed the Elementary/Middle Grades test take the new Elementary Education (Grades 1–6) test.
  • Effective March 21, 2016, out-of-state applicants may take either the Elementary/Middle Grades test or the Elementary Education (Grades 1–6) test.

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

Testing Recommendations for Middle Grades Candidates

In addition to the current ILTS Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test, new ILTS Middle Grades (5–8) tests will be available starting February 20, 2017 (registration opened in December 2016):

It is recommended that candidates take the test that aligns with the grade range of their educator preparation program (either K–9 or 5–8). If you are unsure of the grade range of your program, please talk to your college/university licensure officer.

Elementary/Middle Grades (110) test (available through August 2017):

  • Middle grades candidates should take the Elementary/Middle Grades test until the new Middle Grades (5–8) tests are available on February 20, 2017.

Middle Grades (5–8) Language Arts (201), Mathematics (202), Science (203), and Social Science (204) (available starting February 20, 2017):

  • Effective February 20, 2017, it is recommended that candidates enrolled in the "new" middle grades (grades 5–8) teacher education programs who have not previously passed the Elementary/Middle Grades test take the new Middle Grades (5–8) test in the appropriate content area (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science).
  • Effective February 20, 2017, out-of-state applicants may take either the Elementary/Middle Grades test or the Middle Grades (5–8) test in the appropriate content area (Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science).

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.