-----Original Message-----
Thursday, September 19, 2002 5:37 PM
To: District Superintendents, ROEs, Directors of Special Education
Subject: Task Force on Assessment and Accountability


Below is the news release the agency distributed to announce the creation and membership of the Task Force on Assessment and Accountability that mentioned to you during my remarks on Thursday afternoon.  As you’ll see, the first public hearing is Monday, September 23, in Springfield.  


It is not necessary for you to attend one of the hearings in order to provide your insight into these issues.  Just send me an email at statesup@isbe.net that outlines your comments and concerns and we will incorporate it with the rest of the feedback.  In addition, there will be future opportunities for you to air your views throughout the Task Force deliberations.


Illinois State Board of Education



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            Further Information: 217/782-4648

September 18, 2002


Schiller Establishes Task Force to Review Student Assessment, School Accountability


First public hearing in Springfield September 23


On the job just over a month, State Superintendent of Education Robert E. Schiller says the main topic as he travels the state is Illinois’ assessment and accountability system for schools.


“Teachers stop me in school hallways to discuss this subject,” Schiller said, “And they have some good suggestions based on years of firsthand knowledge.  It is clearly time to take an in-depth look at our system to see if we can improve it in ways that better support schools in their efforts to improve student achievement.”


To conduct that in-depth review, Schiller has assembled a statewide task force of individuals with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.  He said the group will be guided by the best research available coupled with information gained through at least three public hearings scheduled throughout the state. It will hold its first public hearing September 23 in Springfield.


Schiller will personally co-chair the State Superintendent’s Task Force on Assessment and Accountability, along with Robert S. Nielsen, Superintendent of Bloomington School District 87.


“These individuals bring a vast amount of knowledge and expertise to this important task, and I am very grateful they have accepted this important challenge,” Schiller said.  The Task Force plans to conclude its review and recommendations in time for any necessary legislation to be introduced in the spring session of the General Assembly.


Members of the State Superintendent’s Task Force on Assessment and Accountability include the following: 




Management Alliance -

IL Assn. of School


Dr. James T. Rosborg


Belleville School District 118

Management Alliance -

IL Principals Assn.

Becky McCabe


Leal School

Urbana School District 116

Management Alliance -

IL Assn. of School Boards

Dr. Michael Johnson

Executive Director


Management Alliance -

IL Assn. of School Business Officials

Jeff Taggart

Business Manager

Evanston Twp. HS District 202


Legislative Network of DuPage (LEND)

Dr. William Schewe


Villa Park Elem.District 45


Large Unit District Assn.


Dr. Robert  S. Nielsen


Bloomington District 87

Chicago Public Schools


Dr. Phil Hansen

Accountability Director

Chicago School District 299

Regional Office of Education


The Honorable P.E. Cross

Regional Superintendent

Hamilton/Jefferson Counties


Gretchen McDowell

Past President, Illinois PTA

Higher Education

Harvey Smith

Director, Social Science Research Institute

Northern Illinois University


IL Education Assn.

Anne Davis


At Large


Dr. Peggy Allan

Teacher & Asst. Superintendent

Bond Co. School District 2, Greenville

At Large

Special Education

Ms. Sue Ireland

Director of Special Education

Eisenhower Cooperative, Worth


Cordelia Meyer

Vice President

Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago


Richard Laine

Education Director

Illinois Business Roundtable


Norm Jones

CEO, Growmark (retired)


Mike Skarr

President and CEO

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce


House Republican

The Honorable Jerry Mitchell

Illinois State Representative

Rock Falls


House Democrat

The Honorable Julie Curry

Illinois State Representative

Mt. Zion


Senate Republican

The Honorable Dan Cronin

Illinois State Senator



Senate Democrat

The Honorable Vince Demuzio

Illinois State Senator






Monday, September 23; 6:00 P. M. to 8:00 P.M. – Springfield, Alzina Building, 100 North First Street, Board                                                                                                      Room, 4th floor


Tuesday, September 24; 6:00 P. M. to 8:00 P. M. – Wheaton, DuPage Regional Office of Education, DuPage

                                                                                                   Government Complex, 421 North County Farm

                                                                                                   Road, ROE Library - 2nd floor


Tuesday, October 1; 6:00 P. M. to 8:00 P.M. -- Mt. Vernon, K-3 Primary Center, 401 North 30th Street




Robert Schiller

State Superintendent

 of Education