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December 2, 2005

ISBE to offer technical assistance opportunities to schools
Three workshops set around state in December

Springfield, Ill. –The Illinois State Board of Education will offer technical assistance meetings on school restructuring issues for those schools that did not make sufficient or adequate yearly progress over several years. Those schools that did not make sufficient or adequate yearly progress are required to write a “restructuring plan” in early 2006.

Illinois is moving ahead with an Illinois e-Plan which will simplify the process of submitting required plans to local boards of education and ISBE. This toolkit is now available through the Interactive Illinois Report Card (IIRC) website for schools and districts. The toolkit includes a School Improvement Plan Template and an accompanying Guide and Peer Review Tool to assist districts and schools in revising and submitting school improvement and restructuring plans. A District Improvement Plan Template and an accompanying Guide will follow in the next few weeks.

Schools that have not made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for five consecutive school years must submit a plan for restructuring the school, with the plan to be implemented if the school does not make AYP next spring. District and school planners should consider what has occurred in a school that has brought it to the point of restructuring planning. The restructuring plan should take into account the school improvement and corrective actions initiated in prior years. The actions required under the restructuring plan may be seen as deeper, broader, or more targeted to meet identified needs. Each restructuring plan must be submitted to ISBE with the approval of the local board no later than six months after the district’s receipt this summer of formal notification regarding the school’s AYP status.

The sessions will be from:

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2005
    Maywood-Melrose Park Elementary District #89
    906 Walton
    Melrose Park, IL

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2005
    Illinois Principals Association
    2940 Baker Drive
    Springfield, IL
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Thursday, Dec. 15, 2005
    South Cook Intermediate Service Center
    253 West Joe Orr Road
    Chicago Heights, IL

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