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For Immediate Release
October 19, 2004

Illinois State Board of Education Employee
Named Illinois Principal of the Year

Springfield, Ill. –The Illinois Principals’ Association (IPA) today named Becky McCabe as the National Distinguished Principal of the Year in Illinois. McCabe is currently on leave from Leal Elementary School in Urbana to lead Student Assessment at the Illinois State Board of Education.

“We are proud and honored to have Becky’s expertise and commitment at the State Board,” said Interim State Superintendent Randy Dunn. “Over the last month, I’ve relied on Becky’s judgment and strong connections with principals around the state to rebuild the agency’s relationships with schools. We congratulate her on being named Elementary Principal of the Year in Illinois and join with IPA in recognizing her commitment and expertise. We look forward to continuing to work with Becky in the future to serve Illinois schools.”

In Becky’s current role at the State Board, she is part of the leadership team working to correct School Report Card data. In addition, she oversees the state student assessment system, including the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE), the Illinois Measure of Annual Growth in English (IMAGE), the Illinois Consumer Education Proficiency Test (ICEPT), the Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA); and coordinates Illinois’ participation in the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP).

Illinois State Board of Education
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Springfield, IL 62777