| Springfield – Here
is a synopsis of some of the work done in the last month by Illinois
State Board of Education staff to meet the State Board’s five education
priorities of Standards/Assessment/Accountability; High
Quality Educators; Reading and Mathematics; Early Learning (Birth
to 8); and Schools in Academic Difficulty.
complete Board Priority
Report is available through the State Board’s
Communications division at (217) 782-4648 or on the State
Board’s website at http://www.isbe.state.il.us/board/meetings/may01meeting/accomp501.pdf
Assessment, and Accountability
completed Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) testing
for approximately 130,000 11th-grade
students in 5 subjects; included ISBE and ACT monitoring.
completed on PSAE survey with agency team and ACT – on
web and mail out to all school districts.
three Standards-Aligned Classroom fairs with 221 teams
and 1,083 educators in attendance; peer evaluated plans
completed for future posting to the ILSI web site.
data analysis for ACT and ISAT for Boeing information.
of Support for Schools
to work on the System of Support intervention map/website
for internal tracking of support and progress in 88 eligible
scheduled coordinated grant approval meetings with several
other districts developing performance agreements (including
the selection of 15 additional Educators in Residence needed
to meet the needs of the increased number of districts
in Partnership status.
with IEA and New American Schools on a pilot for working
with districts to reallocate resources to support school
and notified 120 participants for the first Mathematics
and Science Curriculum Showcase in Bloomington on June
14 and 15 from over 300 applications.
Illinois Mathematics Administrator Academy Pilot for 25
administrators to determine the outline and activities
to be used and coordinated with the Illinois Principal’s
Association to develop Administrator Academy.
Task Force meeting to finalize common vision statement
and goals for Illinois Mathematics, and began identifying
current projects and action planning of coordinated activities – next
meeting scheduled for June 28 and 29 to further identify
planned activities, identify gaps, and further action plan
for coordinated activities.
ISBE mathematics and science visibility by presenting at
Parent Teacher Association to over 50 parents;
Science and Technology Day at the Technology Center
of DuPage County to over 100 teachers;
Mathematics Association of Community Colleges (IMACC)
to over 200 community college mathematics instructors;
Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board meeting
to produce 35,000 2001 Reading Kits and 35,000 updates
to the 2000 Kits. Three
2001 Kits are being produced: Early Reading Support, Bilingual/ESL
and Grade 3. The
Illinois Snapshots of Early Literacy classroom-based K –1
assessment will be distributed as part of the Principal’s
Kindergarten and grade 1 update and in the Early Reading
videotaping of the 7 teachers who will be featured in the
demonstration videotapes that will be included in the 2001
with Chicago District #299 warehouse staff and Illinois
Reading Council Board members to design distribution plan
to deliver 1.2 million books to kindergarten through 3rd-grade
classrooms in Title One schools. The Disney Foundation
has donated the books. A trucking firm has agreed to make
up to 12 delivery drops around the state for free.
the visibility of Illinois Reads through:
in NCREL regional meeting on reading to describe
Illinois’ Reading Initiative to state representatives
from Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana
and Ohio. Led the Reading Excellence Act directors’ portion
of the meeting.
invited presentation to DuPage Co. literacy leaders. Approximately
60 people attended.
Preparation and Certification
mailings of CD-ROMs on standards for teachers and administrators
to all colleges and universities, the teacher unions, and
the internal distribution to appropriate offices and personnel.
with two regional offices of education, the University
of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the IEA, and various school
districts a two-day conference on induction and mentoring;
more than 200 public school practitioners several institutions
of higher education attended to share best practices and
maintain a statewide dialogue on this issue.
a mailing of 150,000 brochures to every school building
in the state promoting participation in the National Board
of Professional Teaching Standards process. The
brochures explain financial and support opportunities provided
by the State Board.
an advisory committee that will meet on June 6 to discuss
key issues associated with the statutory requirements for
a Standard Certification examination by July 2003, and
to develop recommendations for the Superintendent.
Division of Research helped review and revise the Teacher
Survey and LPDC Member Survey initiated by the State Teacher
Certification Board. The survey has been reviewed by our
Research Department, revised and is now being formatted
in as a self-mailer. 67,000
teachers have exchanged for new certificates and a 25%
sample will be made. The
purpose is to fulfill the legal requirement, and to provide
the ad hoc committee with information about this process.
Learning Initiative Birth Through Eight
information about ISBE Early Childhood programs for special
needs children at 9 regional training meetings for the
Head Start Memorandum of Agreement. The agreement, a Federal
requirement for Head Start, establishes a collaborative
commitment to the provision of early educational services
for young children with disabilities.
an Early Childhood State Specialists meeting in Dallas.
The meeting, sponsored by the National Center for Early
Development and Learning, brought together early childhood
specialists from state education agencies to review the
latest research in prekindergarten services and to learn
effective strategies to translate research-based information
to policy makers, state and local educators, and the public.
Illinois was praised for its timely response to NCEDL requests
for information for the multi-state preschool study.
grant applications for continuing Early Childhood Block
Grant programs, along with more than 50 proposals for new
programs. Programs were notified by mail of the receipt
of their proposal. Initial budgets from continuing programs,
reflecting 85% of the current budget, are being reviewed
and approved for funding, pending notification of sufficient
funds from the General Assembly. New program proposals
and requests for additional funds from continuing programs
are being read and evaluated, with final recommendations
pending notification of the FY02 appropriation.
and provided a letter of support for a Head Start proposal
to fund a Kindergarten Readiness Survey in Illinois. As
written, the project would survey local school districts
about kindergarten readiness determination and provide
valuable information to the Universal Preschool task force.