Good afternoon and happy Friday. I have just a few updates this week, which I’m sure is much appreciated given the typical superintendent schedule for the weeks prior to the winter holiday break!
We received a number of requests from you asking the Board to extend the deadline for completion of your K-4 textbook requests, and it’s become another example of a recommendation solicited through firstname.lastname@example.org that we were able to implement. I’m happy to report the deadline has been extended (see information below). Hopefully that decision will generate a little holiday cheer in each of your districts. Please continue to provide us with examples of how we can better serve your schools.
Having carefully considered both sides of the issue, I am leaning towards retaining the college entrance exam as one portion of the Prairie State Achievement Exam. Many constituent groups, along with a number of our divisions, have weighed in on the decision; I believe that given the rigor of the exam, as well as its usefulness as a gauge for college readiness, its inclusion in the PSAE will be an overall positive move for our schools and students.
Finally, the Report Card data embargo will be lifted on
Enjoy a warm and safe weekend.
State Superintendent of Schools (Interim)
Also in today’s message:
Extending the Textbook Loan Program deadline
We have received a number of requests from school
districts including through our email@example.com e-mail address to
allow school districts additional time to complete their K-4 online textbook and
educational materials requests. As a result we will be extending the
School districts that have already finalized their
request will have them processed and their order will have a delivery date of
The final deadline for the program will be
New census estimates affecting Title I released for 2001 and 2002 income years
The U.S. Census Bureau has provided an accelerated release of the Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (SAIPE) for income years 2001 and 2002. The estimates can be accessed at http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/saipe. Information on changes in estimation procedures for 2001 and 2002 is also available at this si