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August 7, 2003

State Board of Education Releases Preliminary School Choice List

August 7, 2003 -- The Illinois State Board of Education today released a list of districts it notified with an “early alert” letter informing them of schools that may have to offer Choice this fall. The letter notified districts of more than 500 schools that preliminary data indicated fell short of making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

“This is a working document,” said State Superintendent of Education Robert E. Schiller. “We felt it incumbent on us to give these schools and districts a courtesy notice so they would have time to plan for the fall.”

According to ISBE staff, preliminary data included math and reading scores from the ISAT and PSAE results released in July. The letter and list followed just days later.

The letter sent by Schiller notified schools that the Illinois Administrative Code provides forty-five (45) days from the receipt of the data for school districts to verify the accuracy of the score information received and to notify the State Board of Education of any discrepancies identified. If no conflicting information is received from a district within forty-five (45) days after receipt of data, those data shall be considered correct.

According to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Title I schools that fail to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years must be identified as needing improvement. Technical assistance is to be provided and public school choice must be offered to these pupils by the start of the next school year.

Title I schools that fail to meet the state AYP standards for three consecutive years must offer pupils from low-income families the opportunity to receive tutoring and other supplemental academic enrichment services from a supplemental service provider of their parents’ choice.

Beginning with the 2003 data, by federal and state law, there are three criteria used in determining whether a school makes AYP and all three criteria must be met.

  1. 40% or more of the students’ test scores must be in the meets or exceeds level – overall and by subgroup.
  2. Schools must have a 95% participation rate on state assessments overall and by subgroup.
  3. Elementary and middle schools must have an attendance rate of 88%. High schools must have a graduation rate of 65%.

According to ISBE, some of the schools on the list may have to offer

  • public school choice; or
  • public school choice and supplemental educational services; or
  • public school choice, supplemental educational services, and corrective action.

ISBE officials anticipate that when all final calculations and data corrections are made some schools will be off the list, while others not reflected in this preliminary list will be added.

A final list of schools that failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress is expected to be released by late September.

The preliminary school choice list can be accessed at


Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777