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  • September

    September 28, 2016 -- 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools award conferred on 16 Illinois schools
    Annual award from U.S. Department of Education recognizes schools for overall academic excellence or progress closing student achievement gaps
    The U.S. Department of Education today announced the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools, naming 16 public Illinois elementary, middle, and high schools among recipients of the prestigious award.

    September 26, 2016 -- Illinois students receive top honors at National Leadership Conference for Career and Consumer Sciences
    ISBE recognizes 82 students for winning awards in 24 competitive events
    The Illinois State Board of Education recognized 82 high school and occupational school students from 21 schools across Illinois for their achievements in National Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Competitive Events at the 2016 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference.

    September 23, 2016 -- State Board’s Student Advisory Council welcomes 12 new members at first convening for the 2016-17 School Year
    They join four returning members to voice student concerns and participate in education policymaking
    Sixteen sophomore, junior, and senior high school students from throughout the State of Illinois met for the first time as the State Board’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) for the 2016-17 School Year.

    September 21, 2016 -- Four stops planned for third week of ESSA Listening Tour
    Feedback to be collected from Lockport, East St. Louis, Chicago, Streamwood, and Sycamore to inform next draft of ESSA State Plan
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), with assistance from Regional Offices of Education, has announced the final stops on the second statewide listening tour to collect feedback on Illinois’ draft plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

    September 13, 2016 -- Four stops planned for third week of ESSA Listening Tour
    Feedback to be collected from Carbondale, Effingham, Quincy, and Peoria
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), with assistance from Regional Offices of Education, is hosting a second listening tour to collect feedback on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

    September 8, 2016 -- ISBE Announces Finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today announced the 10 finalists for the 2017 Illinois Teacher of the Year, who will be named during the “Those Who Excel” banquet in October.

    September 7, 2016 -- Upcoming ESSA Listening Tour stops in Bloomington and Mundelein
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), with assistance from Regional Offices of Education, is hosting a second listening tour to collect feedback on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

    September 7, 2016 -- ISBE names more than 250 schools to participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
    $5.42 million awarded for the 2016-17 school year
    Thousands of schoolchildren across the state will snack on additional fresh fruits and vegetables this school year thanks to a federal program administered by the Illinois State Board of Education.

    September 1, 2016 -- ISBE and Partners for release Reader’s Guide to accompany first draft of ESSA State Plan
    Guide to encourage public feedback during second listening tour
    On Aug. 25, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) shared its first draft of the Illinois Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan with the public. ISBE and Partners for Each and Every Child have worked together to develop a Reader's Guide (for the ISBE ESSA State Plan Draft #1).

    August

    August 30, 2016 -- ISBE announces second ESSA listening tour
    Three stops planned in first week
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), with assistance from Regional Offices of Education, is hosting a second listening tour to collect feedback on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

    August 25, 2016 -- State-Level Preliminary PARCC Scores Released During State Board Meeting
    First look at preliminary results for second year of PARCC
    Members of the State Board of Education had the opportunity at today ’s meeting to view the preliminary state-level results from the 2015-16 Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment.

    August 24, 2016 -- Illinois Class of 2016 average ACT score up slightly as national average declines
    College ready percentage holds steady at one in four students
    Results released today in ACT’s annual score report, "The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2016," show Illinois’ graduating seniors achieved an average composite score of 20.8, an increase of 0.1 over last year’s score. The national average composite score on the ACT fell from 21.0 to 20.8.

    August 11, 2016 -- State education and health agencies issue reminder for immunizations as students prepare for new school year
    August marks National Immunization Awareness Month
    As students are beginning to head back to school, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourage parents and guardians to ensure their children’s immunizations are up to date.

    August 10, 2016 -- Illinois Teacher of the Year Demonstrates Fun and Creative Lessons
    Hands-on activities highlight innovative teaching in math classes on display in the Governor’s Tent at the Illinois State Fair
    Kim Thomas, the 2016 Illinois Teacher of the Year, and two of her former students from Woodruff Career and Technical Center in Peoria will be at the Illinois State Fair to demonstrate several unique learning techniques that Thomas has created to excite her math students.

    July

    July 11, 2016 -- SAT exam will replace PARCC assessment for high school students during 2016-17 school year
    All public high school juniors will take the SAT; students in grades 3-8 will continue to take the PARCC assessment
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has announced that it will provide the College Board’s SAT exam, including a writing component, at no cost to all public high school juniors during the 2016-17 school year.

    July 1, 2016 -- Illinois State Superintendent’s statement on Illinois education budget
    State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D., has released a statement regarding Thursday’s passage of a stopgap budget for fiscal year 2017.

    June

    June 28, 2016 -- ISBE issues Child and Adult Care Food Program eligibility guidelines for new fiscal year
    The Illinois State Board of Education has announced the availability of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017). CACFP is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and administered annually by ISBE.

    June 27, 2016 -- Illinois joins statewide #GoOpen Initiative
    Expansion will further state’s commitment to open educational resources
    Illinois announced the launch of a new statewide #GoOpen initiative, joining the inaugural cohort of states across the country committing to support school districts and educators transitioning to the use of high-quality, openly licensed educational resources in their schools.

    June 24, 2016 -- Summer Food Service Programs at Risk Due to Lack of Spending Authority
    ISBE needs General Assembly to pass an education budget in order to offer feeding programs this summer
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today it will not be able to offer free meals this summer to thousands of children at more than 2,000 sites across the state until the General Assembly passes an education budget.

    June 21, 2016 -- State Board, IFT, and IEA recognize more than 25 exemplary educators for their performance
    Teachers from across the state honored for their expertise and commitment to specific content areas
    The Illinois State Board of Education, along with the Illinois Federation of Teachers (IFT) and the Illinois Education Association (IEA), will honor 29 educators who have been selected by their professional education organizations as the best in their fields of expertise during the 2015-16 school year.

    June 16, 2016 -- ISBE honors Washington Grade School District 52 Superintendent for exceptional leadership
    John Tignor helped district and community rebuild after devastating 2013 tornado
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recognized Washington Grade School District 52 Superintendent John Tignor for nearly four decades in education, including leading the district through the aftermath of a devastating tornado in 2013.

    May

    May 24, 2016 -- Illinois continues work to promote access to quality Pre-K education
    Efforts to expand preschool education remain a priority
    In a recent report released by the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University, Illinois was cited as making moderate progress in providing access to education for 3- and 4-year-olds across the state.

    May 19, 2016 -- Two Illinois students selected for the first class of U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education
    A total of four Illinois high school seniors named 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars
    Two Illinois high school students are among a group of 20 students selected nationwide as the first U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education (CTE). A total of four Illinois students have been named to the 2016 class of U.S. Presidential Scholars.

    May 12, 2016 -- Students serve award-winning lunch recipe to State Board
    CPS culinary students placed 1st in 2015 Healthy Schools Campaign Cooking up Change competition
    Four George Washington High School students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools’ culinary program served their award-winning Cajun chicken lettuce wraps, roasted corn relish, and peach and yogurt pizza to Board members during the Illinois State Board of Education’s monthly meeting in Springfield Wednesday.

    April

    April 22, 2016 -- Illinois to expand access to K-12 broadband and participate in Digital Learning Policy Academy
    Academy will help state expand students’ and teachers’ access to digital technologies
    High-quality broadband access in schools creates rich digital learning environments in which students can develop 21st-century skills, take advantage of open education resources, and become college and career ready. Yet according to a new report, 31 percent of school districts in Illinois do not meet the Federal Communications Commission’s bandwidth goals for connectivity.

    April 21, 2016 -- State Board, Horace Mann, IASA, and IPA recognize more than 25 outstanding administrators
    Superintendents and principals from across the state honored for their expertise and leadership
    Illinois education leaders are coming together at noon today (Thursday) to honor some of the state’s top school district superintendents and principals. The Illinois State Board of Education will host the second annual recognition event at The Inn at 835 for 27 exemplary school leaders.

    April 12, 2016 -- ISBE Releases Funding Projections for General State Aid By District
    Every school district improves over old practice of proration
    The Illinois State Board of Education today released figures showing how much state aid each school district in Illinois will receive under Gov. Bruce Rauner’s plan to fully fund education to the foundation level for the first time in seven years. Under the Governor’s proposal, total education funding will increase by $120 million in Illinois for fiscal year 2017.

    March

    March 30, 2016 -- Illinois Secures Grant to Improve Career Pathways for Students
    State to develop plan to better align its education systems with business needs so all students are ready to thrive in the workforce
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has secured a $100,000 grant to develop a detailed action plan to better prepare students for career success and, in turn, improve the economic opportunities available to all youth across the state.

    March 24, 2016 -- ISBE’s Student Advisory Council Seeks Applicants
    High school students invited to provide perspective on state education issues
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) seeks high school students to share their input on state education issues as part of its Student Advisory Council (SAC). Students who will start the upcoming school year as a sophomore, junior, or senior in an Illinois public high school are eligible to apply for one of 12 open spots by May 27.

    March 17, 2016 -- State Board honors art poster contest winner
    Contest celebrates annual Illinois Arts Education Week
    This week marks the 34th annual Illinois Arts Education Week, a celebration reflecting and highlighting the importance of fine arts. Students across the state competed to create posters reflective of this year’s theme, "There is Magic in the Arts!" The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) honored first-place winner, Julia Zhang, at its regular business meeting Wednesday.

    March 16, 2016 -- Illinois School Finances Show Improvement on Latest Financial Profile Report
    ISBE analysis shows fewer districts earned lowest financial rating; without full funding, more are expected to deficit spend in current fiscal year
    The number of school districts earning the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) top financial rating grew this year, despite the fact that many districts operated with less funding. ISBE’s annual review of district financial data also found more districts are expected to deficit spend this year unless the General Assembly fully funds General State Aid (GSA), which would end proration and provide districts much-needed financial relief.

    March 16, 2016 -- Illinois Chosen to Close Equity Gaps in Top Courses, Maryland Selected & Commits for 2017 Launch
    Partnership will expose students of all race and income levels to challenging academic programs
    Illinois’ second administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment began Monday, with about 1 million students expected to complete the exam in English language arts (ELA) and math over the next three months. In response to feedback from school districts, this year’s PARCC assessment features a shorter, simplified format to improve the process for students and educators.

    March 8, 2016 -- Second year of PARCC testing begins
    This year’s assessment features simpler format to improve process and reduce testing times
    Illinois’ second administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment began Monday, with about 1 million students expected to complete the exam in English language arts (ELA) and math over the next three months. In response to feedback from school districts, this year’s PARCC assessment features a shorter, simplified format to improve the process for students and educators.

    March 4, 2016 -- Growing number of Illinois graduates excel on AP exams
    Illinois’ Class of 2015 exceeds the national average of students scoring a 3 or higher on college-level tests
    Illinois ranks 11th in the nation for the percentage of 2015 graduates – 25 percent – who scored at least a 3 on the rigorous College Board Advanced Placement exams during their high school career. The national average is 22.4 percent, according to the latest AP Cohort Data Report.

    February

    February 11, 2016 -- State Board issues statement on procurement for a new college entrance exam for Illinois
    In July 2015, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released a request for sealed proposals for a new college entrance examination because ISBE’s previous contract with ACT expired on June 30, 2015. The procurement process was conducted in accordance with the Illinois Procurement Code. A Notice of Award was posted that identified the College Board (which administers the SAT examination) as the successful proposer. A protest to the procurement process was filed, and the protest was denied.

    February 10, 2016 -- State Board approves 29 school districts to receive Qualified School Construction Bonds
    Selected schools can take advantage of low- to no-interest bonds for construction and building needs
    Twenty-nine school districts have been authorized to sell their local bonds with a federal interest subsidy for construction projects through the Qualified School Construction Bond program (QSCB). The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) approved the QSCB recipients during its regular business meeting Feb. 10. A total of $495 million-plus in bonding authority from the federal government will be available to these districts.

    February 4, 2016 -- Two Illinois schools recognized as National Distinguished Schools
    Healy Elementary School in Chicago School District 299 and Parkside Elementary School in McLean County Unit School District 5 honored for academic success
    The Illinois State Board of Education today announced that two Illinois schools were honored for their academic gains during the recent National Title I Association annual conference. Healy Elementary School in Chicago School District 299 and Parkside Elementary School in McLean County Unit School District 5 were among schools recognized for helping low-income students achieve academic success.

    January

    January 29, 2016 -- Illinois State Board of Education seeks sponsors/sites for summer food programs
    Programs ensure low-income students are well fed when school is out
    Though there is a chill in the air now, summer is on its way and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) wants to make sure every child enjoys access to nutritious meals during the summer break. School districts, local government entities, and nonprofits are encouraged to become a summer food site sponsor and/or site to provide free, healthy meals and snacks to low-income children.

    January 21, 2016 -- Two Illinois High School Students Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program
    Delegates will travel to D.C. and receive $5,000 scholarship
    The Illinois State Board of Education congratulates two Illinois high school students selected as delegates to the 54th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program. Kiley Marron of Chicago and Corbin Robinson of Scott Air Force Base were chosen from applicants across the state to receive a scholarship and to represent Illinois for a weeklong educational visit to Washington, D.C., in March.

    January 19, 2016 -- Illinois State Board of Education awards $20.4 million in School Improvement Grants
    Five schools will receive funds to improve student performance
    More than $20 million in federal Title I Section 1003(g) School Improvement Grants (SIG) will be distributed to five schools across the state over the next five years to help them implement comprehensive programs to improve student performance and college readiness.

    January 7, 2016 -- Craig Lindvahl receives final award for ISBE’s Year of the Volunteer program
    The longtime educator, filmmaker, and Board member was honored at January Board meeting
    Members of the State Board of Education presented fellow Board member Craig Lindvahl of Effingham with a volunteer award for his 35-plus years of dedication to education and creating leadership opportunities for youth. The award was presented at the Board’s January meeting as part of the Year of the Volunteer program.

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