Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 4:31 PM
Subject: Weekly Message from Interim State Superintendent Randy J. Dunn 10-01-04


Good afternoon.


Let me open by saying thank you to so many of you in the schools and districts who have worked with us and given direction in setting up the data correction process this past week.  We have tried to make this much more feasible and do-able for you this year and appreciate your working with us.  You will note the directions for that process below.


I’ve had a lot of questions from folks about my biggest problem or challenge faced in the last two weeks. There are a good number of great people at ISBE working on all of our projects and initiatives (e.g., certification, data correction, and the like) and I’m really gratified by that. The biggest difficulty for me has been more personal—i.e., keeping up my own energy stores. I really want to give just as good as I am getting from staff, and it means some long days. But everyone seems to be finding their routine over the past couple of weeks and good things will continue to happen.


As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.


Randy J. Dunn

State Superintendent of Education (Interim)


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Data Re-Correction Process Open Now through October 7

To best support school districts’ work during the data re-correction period, SchoolHouse™ is now up and running. You may begin your work on the re-corrections immediately. SchoolHouse™ will be open until Thursday, October 7. It is imperative that the data be accurate and that the revisions be made during this correction period.


Accurate reporting is our top priority. While this process will delay production of School Report Cards beyond the October 31 deadline, ISBE will take every measure to complete School Report Card production upon receipt of a final data file from Pearson.


These changes are part of our ongoing effort to meet Governor Blagojevich’s challenge that we work collaboratively with districts. Please contact the agency if we can take other actions to improve this process. We have established a toll-free number, 1-800-627-7990, extension 814, that you can use to reach the agency with questions about this process.


Login/Passwords: Logins and passwords are the same as those used earlier with SchoolHouse™. To receive those again, please email: or – please include name of district, superintendent’s name, person requesting login/password and CDS code. The login/passwords will be emailed to the superintendent.


Phone Numbers: Pearson and ISBE people are ready to take your calls. Please do not hesitate to call if you have a question or concern. We want this process to work for you and your staff.

The following phone numbers are established to assist you in your work:


Online Help To login on SchoolHouse:

Districts may also access for assistance.


Excel Files – ISAT and IMAGE have posted all student scores and demographic data in an Excel CSV file on SchoolHouse™. Districts can download these files for school improvement planning and work. Superintendents (only) can access the file that contains all students in the district.

PSAE has posted all student scored and demographic data in an Excel .CSV file on SchoolHouse™. Principals and superintendents can access this file, which contains all students in the school. Please note: PSAE files are done by school, so please check every high school.


National School Bus Safety Week “Shhh…Railroad Crossing”

National School Bus Safety Week is October 17 through 23, 2004. The theme for this year is “Shhh...Railroad Crossing.” Article 5/27-26 of the School Code requires districts to include instruction in safe bus riding practices including emergency evacuation drills at least twice during each school year for all students in grades kindergarten through 12 who are transported by bus to or from school or in connection with any school activity. If your district transports pre-kindergarten students, they should also be included in school bus safety training activities.


Information is available on the ISBE website via the following links:


If you have questions, please contact Jan Reische at 217/782-5256 or via e-mail


Pupil Transportation Reimbursement Claim (2003-04) Open For Revisions

On September 21, 2004, all Regular, Vocational and Special Education pupil transportation reimbursement claims for the 2003-04 school year submitted to ISBE by the statutory due date were returned electronically to review and revise as needed. If there are no revisions to be made, you do not have to resubmit the claim. All revisions to the pupil transportation depreciation schedule and/or the pupil transportation reimbursement claim must be completed and transmitted to ISBE via the Pupil Transportation Claim Reimbursement System (PTCRS) by close of business October 29, 2004.


If you have questions regarding the correction process, please contact Cinda Meneghetti at 217/782-5256 or via email


Learn and Serve America Grants

The Bidders’ Conferences for the FY 2005 Request for Proposals (RFP) under the Illinois Learn and Serve America program will be held during October. These informational meetings are designed to guide development of service learning funding proposals by local school districts, Regional Offices of Education, Intermediate Service Centers, and other agencies operating regional education programs. The meetings are being coordinated for the State Board of Education by The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning, and will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 7 in Matteson (Holiday Inn) and October 18 in Springfield (Northfield Center). Additional workshops are being planned for later in the month. For additional information about registration for this Bidders’ Conference, contact The Center at 847/803-3535.


Teacher Salary Study Form Now Available Online Through IWAS

The new Teacher Salary Study web system is now available online. We will not send out paper forms this year. The deadline to submit data is October 18, 2004. Data must be submitted by all districts (including special education cooperatives and area vocational centers) that hire teachers for the current school year. If your district does not have a contract for the current school year at this time (still in negotiations), click on the "No Contract" button and log off. Districts without a current contract will have another opportunity to submit data in January, 2005. The law also requires that districts provide a copy of their salary schedules and negotiation agreements to Illinois State Board of Education, Data Analysis and Progress Reporting, 100 North First Street, S-284, Springfield, Illinois 62777.


Principal Appreciation Day

Friday, October 22, is Illinois Principal Appreciation Day. This day is set aside to recognize the good work done by principals, assistant principals and deans on behalf of Illinois students. Kim Zinman, principal of Kilmer Elementary School in Buffalo Grove and president of the Illinois Principals Association encourages parents, faculty and school groups to do something that day to acknowledges the leadership their building administrators demonstrate daily to make all Illinois schools successful.


For more information, please contact: Dr. John Dively, Executive Director, Illinois Principals Association, 217/525-1383 or Kim Zinman, Principal, Kilmer Elementary School and 2004-05 IPA President at 847/520-2760.


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