Degree Name

Education Specialist (EdS)

Semester of Degree Completion


Thesis Director

Larry Janes


The Illinois Public Recognition System has implemented new procedures that address a new system of quality and equity in Illinois schools. As an Illinois educator, the researcher has conducted a study that compares the new Illinois Public Recognition System to similar systems in the states of Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Minnesota. All of the states have many components of evaluation that are very similar.

Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Missouri all rely on systems that combine school improvement and accreditation. The systems are basically in transitional phases that are designed to be a ongoing process to enhance student learning and to improve educational opportunities. The recognition processes are designed to make the schools accountable for student performance and school improvement.

This study was designed to show that the recognition system in Illinois is very much in line with at least four other states that are close to Illinois geographically. The study also will be important to educators, community leaders, and parents to help them focus on a school improvement plan and a recognition system that ensures that students are being served and are learning.