I want to take a moment today to share with you a sentiment I have already passed on to the staff members here at the Illinois State Board of Education.
Along with you this past Thursday, many ISBE employees followed the Governor’s State of the State message. While many approached the event with some anxiety, I think, it did turn out to be a more pleasurable experience than was the case for ISBE employees last year.
I am appreciative of the positive attention the Governor provided and certainly welcome the kudos the Agency received.
The point that I felt was important to share with the
folks here at ISBE is as follows: Any acclaim or praise we garnered this past
Thursday was due to both the work and dedication of the ISBE staff, and not just
those of us who joined the Agency this past September. Whether it was tackling the
certification backlog, handling Report Card corrections, or just dealing with
individual school and district issues—any successes we’ve had over the last few
months are due to the hard work and collective effort of a large number of
people at ISBE, both in the
We will continue to get better in our direct service to
you and, indirectly, all children of the State of
State Superintendent of Schools (Interim)
Also in today’s message:
Ad Hoc rules committee
Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Jesse Ruiz has established an Ad Hoc Rules Committee to review all suggested revisions to administrative rules during the agency's rules streamlining initiative. All board members will serve on this committee.
The first meeting of this committee will be on Wednesday, February 16, as will be noted in the schedule of meetings when posted
Corrections windows announced for 2005 state assessment
In order that schools/districts can more fully prepare for data corrections for the 2005 state assessments, the ISBE Student Assessment Division has posted a detailed schedule of critical activities and dates at www.isbe.net/assessment. It is imperative that school personnel be available to assist in the correction process during the dates specified.
The RSFP for
Schools administering the Illinois Alternate Assessment
should have received student binders and demographic forms this week. If your school did not receive its
materials or is in need of additional materials, contact Amanda Breitmaier at
Measured Progress at 877-732-5306.
Friday, February 11, is the last date to order materials for the 2004-05
test. Friday, February 25 is the
last day to ship portfolios to Measured Progress for scoring. If you have additional questions,
Apply for the Student Advisory Council
The State Board of Education is pleased to announce its decision to reestablish the Student Advisory Council (SAC).
Originally created in 1975 by the Illinois State Board
of Education, SAC is made up of 20 or more students representing all regions of
the state. At the expense of the agency, members are invited to
Eligibility to apply for the 2005-2006 SAC will be
limited to public school students. Given the need to hear from students on some
of the more complicated issues faced by our state, special consideration will be
given to applicants from low-performing schools or districts. An application
Notice of completed rulemaking
Please be advised that a rulemaking item recently
adopted by the State Board of Education is now in effect. This updated set of rules has been
posted on the agency’s website at www.isbe.net/rules; choose “Rules Currently
in Effect” and scroll to the relevant Part number. (If you print only the affected
Sections, remember to include the table of contents for the Part, which changes
Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision)
This rulemaking consists almost entirely of technical
corrections that are needed to ensure continuity in certification policy. When the personnel-related portions of
Part 1 were most recently amended (effective
Similarly, in the recent amendment process several long-standing requirements for the assignment of teachers in career and technical education programs were inadvertently omitted. These details chiefly have to do with the requirement for work experience in the field to be taught and need to be added to new Section 1.737. The wording change in the title and in subsection (a) of Section 1.737 is being made only to ensure that it is clear that the requirements expressed apply to grade 9 regardless of the configuration of grades among schools in a district.
The only policy change being made via Appendix A is to re-amend the validity of the provisional vocational certificate. Educators in the field as well as representatives of the regional superintendents who deal with certification issues have indicated that smaller districts in particular will be unable to offer career and technical education programs if they are required to employ different staff for exploration and orientation (grades 7 through 10) than for the “skill-level” instruction in grades 11 and 12.
Affected Sections: 1.720, 1.737, and 1.Appendix A
Microsoft Select Agreement savings
ISBE has a Microsoft Select Volume Licensing Agreement in effect through February 2007 enabling public schools and public academic organizations to order Microsoft products at significant discounts. Software licenses and media can be ordered under the Select Program and there is no minimum order requirement for your organization. All key Microsoft products like Microsoft Office and Windows Servers as well as Macintosh versions of Office are available to order from the Select Program.
Social/Emotional Learning Standards available online
The Social/Emotional Learning Standards were approved by
the Illinois State Board of Education on
of the ISBE website. Performance Descriptors and other resources for the Social/Emotional Learning Standards will also be placed on this site as they become available.
Weekly Message email reminder
Last week we asked that anyone wishing to receive this
weekly message should send a note making that request to email@example.com and
including the email add
Health and academic achievement
The Society of State
Applications available for National Youth Science Camp
Governor Rod Blagojevich and the Illinois State Board of
Education are pleased to open the process for delegate selection to the National
Youth Science Camp (NYSC). This
exceptional opportunity for graduating seniors is a four-week, all-expense paid
program that will take place between June 30 and
More information about the program can be accessed at: www.sciencecamp.org
Applications are due February 18. Please contact Gwen Pollock at firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Reading First Program
Early Reading First, part of the
History Month Living Histories Project (January 17–
As part of Illinois Black History Month activities, the
Northwestern University Collaboratory Project, in partnership with the Illinois
State Board of Education and The HistoryMakers, invites all Illinois K-12
students to participate in the Black History Month Living Histories
Project. Students can use a shared
virtual library of Internet
More information about participating in the Black History Month Living Histories Project can be found on the Collaboratory Project Web site http://collaboratory.nunet.net.
Enhancing chemistry conference announced
Chemistry teachers are invited to attend “Enhancing
Chemistry” to be held on Friday, March 18, at The Illini Union in
Tourette Syndrome camp programs
The Tourette Syndrome Camp Organization has two
News clips may be accessed at: http://www.isbe.net/news/2005/newsclips/050204.htm