The General Assembly has gone into overtime and the status of many things remains in limbo. Today’s message includes important information for student assessment data verification.
We will be sending out a separate special message for teacher certification today. Please review the important information contained in it regarding highly qualified teachers and other certification matters.
We will be cutting down to a summer schedule in regards to my weekly messages and will send them out to you as needed. We will also be moving away from our current listserv which in some cases may be outdated and will be moving forward with our most reliable contact information through the IWAS system. I would hope that each of you distribute the message accordingly to the most appropriate people in your districts.
Also in today’s message:
In what should have been the final days of the Spring 2004 session of the General Assembly, only one substantive education bill passed both chambers and will be sent to the Governor for consideration. HB4225 changes how Special Education categorical funds are reimbursed. The change will reduce the amount of paperwork that school districts and special education cooperatives currently have to complete in order to be reimbursed. It its final form, HB4225 has a hold harmless provision for Fiscal Year 2005 until Fiscal Year 2005, and it requires that reimbursement for individual students with disabilities whose program costs exceed four per capita shall be claimed with costs encumbered for the 2004-2005 school year and after.
Senate Bill 3001, which would have transferred the authority of ISBE to develop the grant index for school construction projects, failed to pass the Senate. The bill also contained the bonding authority for school construction which will likely be revived during the ongoing budget negotiations.
Several key measures have not yet cleared both the House and the Senate, including Senate Bill 3000 which would give the Governor the authority to appoint seven new members to the State Board of Education.
House Bill 929 which now contains the reauthorization of the TRIP program and the much needed revisions to teacher certification is also still pending.
Update on Key Steps in the 2004 State Assessment Data Verification Process
An updated timeline of key steps is posted on the ISBE Web site at www.isbe.net/assessment.
First Data Correction Window Opens June 10
In May, the ISBE Student Asessment Division sent a letter regarding the 2004 data correction process to all district superintendents. The letter provided information about two correction windows this summer, the first of which will open June 10. Next week, superintendents will receive a memo from Pearson Educational Measurement that provides the User IDs and Passwords that superintendents must use to access Pearson’s SchoolHouse Illinois Data Collection Web site and make any needed data corrections. (IDs and Passwords that can be given to school principals will also be provided.)
IPA to Provide Regional Training Sessions the Week of June 14
The Illinois Principals Association is offering training
sessions this month in each of its regions on the 2004 state assessment data
verification process. Each session
will address key steps in the process, the types of data to be reviewed, the
operation of Pearson’s electronic data collection system on SchoolHouse, things
to check when reviewing data, and medical exemptions and students new to the
Districts to Receive Targeted Information Regarding Enrollment Data Status
Pearson is sending targeted e-mails to district superintendents whose first-day-of-testing enrollments reflect any of the following situations: enrollment data for one or more schools is missing, incomplete, not confirmed, or not approved by the district superintendent. These targeted messages are being sent to help superintendents identify exactly what needs to be corrected or finished in the data entry process.
Students Who Are New to the
During both data correction windows this summer,
districts will be able to identify tested students who are new to the
Identifying Medically Exempt Students
Based on information received from the U.S. Department
of Education, students who experience severe medical emergencies at the time
of state testing may now be identified as medically exempt.
Data Correction Process for 2004 Grade 2 Tests
For the Illinois Grade 2 Assessment of Reading and Mathematics only, the first-day-of-testing enrollments and demographic information for tested students will not be verified online. Rather, ISBE will mail to district superintendents Grade 2 demographic verification reports (denominator data), student information rosters (numerator data), and preliminary AYP participation reports during the June 10-28 data correction window. Specific instructions will be included that explain how to make any needed corrections. This information will also be sent to the principals of schools that administered the Grade 2 tests in 2004. Contact Megan Forness in the ISBE Student Assessment Division with any questions about this process (firstname.lastname@example.org or 217/782-4823).
Even Start Family Literacy Program Update
A total of 49 competetive proposals were received for FY05 for the Even Start Family Literacy Program, requesting a total amount of $9,505,294, which far exceeded the amount of funding available. Award letters have been issued to 25 applicants in the amount of $3,960,000.
As established by law, each proposal was reviewed by a three-person team which included an early childhood professional, an adult education professional and an individual with expertise in family literacy. Proposals were reviewed using a review rubric based on the criteria for review and approval found in the Even Start Family Literacy Request for Proposals.
To read this week’s news clips, please visit http://www.isbe.net/news/2004/newsclips/040604.htm