I spent the morning at the
Illinois State Fair this morning, where our staff has set up a booth in
I invite each of you out to the booth, where staff is on hand to answer questions about teacher certification, School Report Cards, and more.
Secondly, I would like to let each of you know that based on our preliminary performance data we have determined AYP and have notified those schools who may need to offer additional services and options to students. While this AYP calculation excludes, attendance, graduation and participation rates (each of which is due to be submitted next week), it does represents the best information that we have available at this time. We have sent letters out to the 694 schools that will be affected. Because of pending Freedom of Information Act requests, we will be releasing the list of schools that have been designated as being in need of improvement to the press next Tuesday.
Also below today is a reminder to each of you for filing your School Report Card data and reviewing and approving your assessment performance data.
Also in today’s message:
IMPORTANT SCHOOL STATUS INFORMATION
ATTENTION ALL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENTS
· public school choice; or
· public school choice and supplemental educational services; or
· public school choice, supplemental educational services, and corrective action; or
· public school choice, supplemental educational services, corrective action, and first year of restructuring.
Schools identified as having to offer any of the above, except for restructuring (first year is a planning year) should be prepared to implement these efforts at the beginning of 2004-05 school year.
As a reminder – the status determinations have been made by using preliminary 2004 assessment data. We need to remember that not every district has completed its revisions and/or made necessary approvals of their performance data on Schoolhouse (This window closes August 21st). The preliminary status may possibly change if revisions to the performance data positively impact a school’s AYP.
If you suspect you should be offering Choice and or SES and have not been notified, please contact Data Analysis (217) 782-3669.
2002-2003 NCLB Performance Report Reminder
ALERT: approximately 110 school districts still have not completed the 2002-2003 NCLB Performance Report in spite of the deadline having been extended and telephone calls made to all districts not having yet filed the report. It is very important that this report be completed as federal funds for 2004-05 will be frozen if it is not received promptly. If your district received Title I, Title II, Title IV or Title V funds in 2002-03, the superintendent or his/her designee should immediately go into IWAS and complete the report.
SchoolHouse Update (2004 Assessment Data Corrections) - Reminder
The first window for
verifying 2004 state assessment data on Pearson’s SchoolHouse system closed on
During the second
correction window (July 27 -
When the second window
There will be NO
additional opportunities after
Report Card Data Due by
The school report card data
collection form (ISBE 86-43) is available online via IWAS. Please enter,
verify and approve all the data for your school(s) by the due date which is
The following link will provide each of you our most recent estimates of General State Aid for Fiscal Year 2005. Because we have yet to receive the final Cook County EAVs from the Illinois Department of Revenue, in addition to required calculation changes resulting from SB2349, these Gross and Net GSA estimates remain preliminary (http://www.isbe.net/budget/preliminary_gsa.pdf).
Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives for Title III (AMAO) Performance Report
The Illinois State Board of Education has set the 2004 Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) for English language proficiency in response to a No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandate. These targets are listed in the table below.
This fall, school districts receiving Title III monies will be notified for the first time of their pass/fail status in meeting these established AMAOs. These AMAO targets apply to all school districts which received Title III funds. The AMAOs are measured from the performance of a cohort* of LEP students in local-state approved tests that measure their proficiency in listening, reading, speaking, and writing English – not IMAGE or ISAT. A school district must have a percentage of the students score within the “Proficient” category for the test administered in the district to meet AMAOs. “AMAO Proficient” is a composite score computed by taking a weighted percentage of proficient students in each domain (listening, reading, speaking, and writing).
AMAO Progress Targets 2004
(Based upon 2003/04 Student Data)
2004 Maculaitis II
If the State determines, based on the annual measurable achievement objectives, that a school district fails to make progress toward meeting such objectives for 2 consecutive years, the agency will require the school district to develop an improvement plan that will ensure that the schools meet such objectives. School districts which failed to meet the AMAOs must also notify parents of students participating in the school district’s Title III programs, of such failure. If the State determines that the district has failed to meet the AMAOs for 4 consecutive years, the agency shall,
Require the district to modify the curriculum, program, method of instruction; or make a determination whether the district shall continue to receive funds and require the district to replace educational personnel relevant to the district’s failure to reach the objectives.
The State may
also recognize local school districts whose programs have demonstrated
significant progress in assisting students to learn English and to meet the same
challenging academic content standards as all students are expected to meet.
These AMAOs apply until the State of
*A cohort is defined by grade level clusters that are specific to each State-Approved Local Test. ISBE-approved local tests are the Idea Proficiency Test (IPT), the Language Assessment Scale (LAS), the Language Proficiency Test Series (LPTS), and the Maculaitis (MACII). For local individual assessment level information go to www.isbe.net/bilingual/pdfs/titleIII_amao.pdf.
Hearing Set for
On Monday, August
16th at Senator Miguel del Valle will host
the first of several senate hearings to focus on Education Funding, specifically
House Bill 750. Supt. Schiller has been invited and will an overview of the
fiscal condition of school districts throughout