Media Literacy Law in Illinois

In 2021, the Illinois state legislature passed Public Act 102-0055 mandating a unit of instruction in media literacy in public high schools, beginning with the 2022-2023 school year. The law defines media literacy as: “the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and communicate using a variety of objective forms, including, but not limited to, print, visual, audio, interactive, and digital texts.”

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Illinois State Board of Education: Media Literacy Fact SheetAnnouncement regarding Public Act 102-0055 and resources for teaching media education in classrooms.
Illinois Media Literacy Coalition: Informational guideFree informational guide with a framework for adapting media literacy into high school classrooms. In this brief guide: the definition of media literacy, the rationale to teach it, as well as guiding principles on how to implement it into existing curricula.
NPR: News article about Illinois media literacy law
Looking for more information about the media literacy education and what this law means in Illinois? Check out NPR’s Rachel Martin’s interview with Yonty Friesem of Columbia College Chicago to learn more.

Wondering about media literacy in other states? Check out Media Literacy Now’s “Putting media literacy on the public policy agenda” for an overview.