Council on Professional Education

Office: Brookens, Room 310
Phone: 217/206-6934

Teacher Licensure News


Basic Skills Mobile App

This December Pearson is launching a mobile app for educators preparing for the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400). This app will include 60+ multiple choice and constructed response questions. The initial download will be free to candidates; however, the full version will cost $1.99.

30 day Retake Policy

The ISBE has changed the Retake Policy for all ILTS tests, such that candidates may retake any ILTS test or subtest after no less than 30 days after the previous attempt, subject to the availability of computer-based testing appointments.

Effective December 15, 2015, candidates who register to re-take an ILTS test will be able to schedule a test appointment no sooner than 30 days after their previous attempt. Candidates who register to re-take an ILTS test before December 15 will still be subject to the 60 day retake rule.

If a candidate who registered before December 15 wishes to take advantage of the change in the Retake Policy, they may withdraw their registration on the ILTS website for a full refund, then re-register for the test on or after December 15 and then schedule an appointment. Candidates who have already scheduled a test appointment must first cancel their appointment on the ILTS website before withdrawing their registration.  If a candidate re-takes an ILTS before receiving their score report for their previous attempt, they assume full responsibility for all applicable fees for both attempts, even if they subsequently learn that they passed the test on the earlier attempt. No refunds will be made on the basis of passing performance on the earlier attempt.

If you have any questions about the ILTS Retake Policy, please contact the Illinois State Board of Education. For questions about ILTS test registering, scheduling or withdrawing please contact the ILTS program at 800-239-8107.

Elementary Education Test

ILTS has announced March 21st, 2016 as the first date candidates can take the new Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) Test.

Until that date, any candidate that has completed or is currently enrolled in a program should take the Elementary/Middle Grades (110) Test. Students enrolled in the “new” (1-6) program should take the new Elementary Education (Grades 1-6) (197-200) Test once it becomes available.

ISBE will keep the 110 Test available during the transition time frame until August 31st, 2017.

General Administrative

Candidates who hold an IL PEL and have completed an approved IL General Administrative program prior to September 1st, 2014 must pass the Principal (186) Test by June 30th 2016.