For Immediate Release
October 17, 2001

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State Board to Issue Academic Early Warning List

Springfield - The state's poorest-performing schools will be placed on the Academic Early Warning List (AEWL) by the State Board of Education (ISBE) at its November 15 meeting in Chicago.

Illinois law stipulates that schools are placed on the AEWL if 50 percent or more of their students' scores on the state assessments do not meet the Illinois Learning Standards for two consecutive years.

The AEWL was last compiled in the fall of 1998 when ISBE placed 70 schools on the list based on two years of testing data from the Illinois Goal Assessment Program (IGAP).  ISBE did not issue a Warning List in 1999 and 2000 because the state assessment system was changing from IGAP to the new Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) in elementary and middle grades and the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) in grade 11.  The 2001 list for elementary and middle schools will be compiled using results from the 2000 and 2001 ISAT.  The state will not have two years of PSAE results from high schools until the fall of 2002. 

Districts with AEWL schools are eligible for assistance through a variety of interventions funded through state and local dollars.  For example, the schools are entitled to receive state Summer Bridges funds for elementary schools and were eligible to apply for federal Reading Excellence Act, Comprehensive School Reform and 21st Century Learning Communities grants.