Illinois PLTW Programs - 15 Years and Still Growing in 2018-19
Since 2004, the University of Illinois and the Illinois State Board of Education have collaborated with national Project Lead The Way and other educational, business/industry, and organizations to support efforts of Illinois PLTW schools. In 2018-19, as Illinois K-12 PLTW programs enter their fifteenth year of implementation, snapshot historical overviews provide a summary picture of the impact of this collaborative STEM education effort across the state.
Illinois has grown from 12 High Schools in 2004-05 to more than 443 Schools across 215 Districts, and 532 programs in 2018-19 (more)
Student participation continues to increase (28,000 Gateway students in 2013-14; more than 17,000 high school Engineering, Biomed, and CS students in 2017-18) Illinois PLTW high school enrollments reflect 73% male and 27% female participation (more)
Hundreds of Illinois teachers have trained in one or more courses/units, with 1120 currently active teachers in 2018-19 (more)
From 2005 through 2018, more than 2,000 teachers attended 164 Core Training Institutes at U of Illinois Chicago and U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (more)
*Numbers of PLTW alumni admitted as freshmen and transfer students at UIC and UIUC Colleges of Engineering continue to increase:
- Fall 2013 - 16% of entering freshmen on both UIC and UIUC College of Engineering campuses;
- Fall 2017 - over 20% of entering freshmen in UIC College of Engineering were PLTW alums
- Fall 2018 UIUC College of Engineering transfer admissions class is made up of 29% PLTW alumni, with strong representation from the Engineering Pathways community college partnership program
- Fall 2018 UIUC College of Engineering freshman class - Ten (10) of the top fifteen (15) "feeder high schools" are PLTW schools and 48% of ALL of the 269 new freshmen from these 15 schools are PLTW students; and 70% of the new freshmen coming from the top 10 PLTW program feeder schools had completed one or more PLTW courses in high school.
Over the years, U of Illinois PLTW has coordinated 13 annual Counselor/Administrator Conferences and more than 90 curriculum workshops and regional roundtables; initiated 40 Orientations for administrators of new PLTW programs; led more than 80 high school onsite program consulting Certification visits; and provided ongoing consulting assistance to member schools. (more)
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