At the secondary level, the Illinois State Board of Education's mission is to provide leadership, assistance, resources and advocacy so that every student is prepared to succeed in careers and postsecondary education, and share accountability for doing so with districts and schools. To administer the Public Community College Act in a manner that maximizes the ability of the community colleges to serve their communities.

CTE Delivery: 
CTE is offered through the following institutions:
  • Comprehensive high schools
  • Charter schools
  • Area career centers
  • Community colleges 
Secondary Indicators: 
Secondary Indicators2015-16 2016-17
Academic Skills - Reading/Language ArtsYesYes
Academic Skills - MathematicsYesYes
Technical Skill AttainmentYesYes
School CompletionYesYes
Student Graduation RatesYesYes
Nontraditional ParticipationYesYes
Nontraditional CompletionYesYes
Postsecondary Indicators: 
Postsecondary Indicators 2015-162016-17
Technical Skill AttainmentYesYes
Credential, Certificate or DegreeYesYes
Student Retention or TransferYesYes
Student PlacementYesYes
Nontraditional ParticipationYesYes
Nontraditional CompletionYesYes
Perkins Funding: 
YearFY 2018FY 2019
Total Perkins Funds Received$42,270,349$44,724,253
Percentage of local funds distributed to Secondary60%
Percentage of local funds distributed to Postsecondary40%
Career Clusters: 

Illinois maintains five "college and career ready" CTE program areas, under which the 16 Career Clusters fit:

  • Agricultural Education
  • Business, Marketing and Computer Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Health Science Technology 
  • Technology and Engineering Education (Industrial)
Programs of Study: 

Illinois has programs of study within each of the 16 Career Clusters, but does not maintain statewide CTE standards for any of the Career Clusters. 

  • Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster
  • Architecture & Construction Career Cluster
  • Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster
  • Business, Management & Administration Career Cluster
  • Education & Training Career Cluster
  • Finance Career Cluster
  • Government & Public Administration Career Cluster
  • Health Science Career Cluster
  • Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster
  • Human Services Career Cluster
  • Information Technology Career Cluster
  • Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security Career Cluster
  • Manufacturing Career Cluster
  • Marketing Career Cluster
  • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Career Cluster
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Career Cluster
Perkins Eligible Agency: 

Illinois State Board of Education

State Director: 

Marci Johnson
Director of Teaching and Learning
Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777

Excellence in Action Award Winners: 

The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) in Chicago, Illinois is a 2015 NASDCTEc Excellence in Action Award winner in the Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Career Cluster. Find out more about the CHSAS Agriculture program of study here

Secondary to Postsecondary Transition & Alignment: 

Illinois offers dual enrollment and concurrent/transcripted credit to ease the transition from secondary to postsecondary. The state also offers policy/guidance for locally-developed credit transfer.

Resources & Data: 

See here for an explanation of the data used for state profiles.