NEWS

Task Force on Assessment and Accountability
adds two more public hearings

Additional meetings in Homewood November 7, Galesburg December 2

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 1, 2002
Further Information:
217/782-4648


A task force established by State Superintendent of Education Robert E. Schiller is holding two additional public hearings to discuss Illinois’ assessment and accountability system for schools in light of new federal No Child Left Behind Act requirements (see schedule below).

“Through the first three public hearings, we have gained a better understanding of what schools expect in student testing and accountability,” Schiller said. “The additional hearings will generate even more public input. With that feedback we are taking an in-depth look at how we can better support schools in their efforts to improve student achievement.”

The Task Force on Assessment and Accountability is comprised of individuals with diverse backgrounds and perspectives. He said the group is being guided by the best research available coupled with information gained through the public hearings throughout the state.

Schiller personally co-chairs the Task Force with Robert S. Nielsen, Superintendent of Bloomington School District 87.

“These individuals bring a vast amount of knowledge and expertise to this important task, and I am very grateful they have accepted this important challenge,” Schiller said. The Task Force plans to conclude its review and recommendations in time for any necessary legislation to be introduced in the spring session of the General Assembly.

ADDITIONAL PUBLIC HEARINGS:

Thursday, November 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. –- Homewood District 153,
James Hart School, 18220 Morgan Street

Monday, December 2, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. –- Galesburg,
Galesburg High School Media Center, 1135 West Fremont Street

Task Force Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, November 6, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Springfield,
Alzina Building, 100 North First Street, Board Room-Fourth Floor

Monday, November 18, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. –- Springfield,
Alzina Building, 100 North First Street, Board Room-Fourth Floor

Tuesday, December 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Naperville (NCREL),
1120 East Diehl Road

Members of the State Superintendent’s Task Force on Assessment and Accountability