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September

Sept. 10, 2014 -- ISBE Announces More Than 200 Illinois Schools to Participate in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Students from Cairo to Chicago will have access to free fruits and vegetables this school year through a federal program that aims to make these food groups part of student’s daily diet for life. More than 200 schools and tens of thousands of students will participate in the federally-funded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) that gives students access to fruits and vegetables outside lunch time and emphasizes healthy habits.

Sept. 9, 2014 -- ISBE Announces Finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today announced the 12 finalists for the 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year, who will be named during the Those Who Excel banquet in October. The state’s annual educator recognition program will acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of more than 200 educators and school personnel from throughout the state and honor one individual as the Illinois Teacher of the Year.

Sept. 3, 2014 -- ISBE and Illinois PTA partner to offer first ever Back to-School Webinar for Parents
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois PTA are hosting a Back-to-School Webinar for parents at 7 p.m. Sept. 9. State Superintendent Christopher A. Koch and Illinois PTA President Peg Staehlin will talk about statewide education initiatives and discuss the importance of family engagement and how parents can build better, more effective relationships with their children’s schools during this inaugural one-hour event.

Sept. 2, 2014 -- State Board moves forward with 'Seal of Biliteracy'
The State Board of Education is moving forward with an initiative that aims to promote mastery in two or more languages. The state is among the first in the country to allow school districts to award a State Seal of Biliteracy for students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in one or more languages, in addition to English. The seal would be placed on a student’s academic transcript and diploma.

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  • August

    August 27, 2014 -- Revamp underway for arts and social studies
    State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch announced today that he has requested a review of the state’s arts and social studies education standards to build on the State Board of Education’s work to update the Illinois Learning Standards and better prepare students for success after graduation.

    August 25, 2014 -- Board honors Illinois educator for 73 years of service
    Members of the Illinois State Board of Education took time last week to honor Doris Edwards of Macomb for her 73 years as an Illinois educator. State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch presented her with a resolution at the Springfield ISBE office during the Board’s Aug. 20 meeting.

    August 20, 2014 -- Illinois sees increased number of college-ready students
    The Class of 2014 achieved a composite score of 20.7 on the ACT, giving Illinois the second highest score among the 12 states that tested 100 percent of their graduates. In addition, the percentage of students meeting all four of ACT’s College and Career Readiness Benchmarks increased to 26 percent from 25 percent last year.

    August 7, 2014 -- State education and health agencies issue reminder for immunizations as students head back to school
    As Illinois students prepare to start a new school year, 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. The IDPH has implemented a few changes in the current requirements.

    August 4, 2014 -- Illinois Leads the Midwest in the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge
    Illinois leads the Midwest region in the number of schools that have earned federal certification for programs and practices that promote healthy habits, primarily physical exercise and nutrition. From urban to rural parts of Illinois, 247 schools have earned certification through what’s called the “HealthierUS School Challenge,” and more schools have the opportunity to apply for certification.

    July

    July 21, 2014 -- Interested volunteers invited to serve on the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education
    State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch is seeking seven individuals to serve on the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education. The Council helps review and guide policy decisions to support education for more than 200,000 English Language Learners in Illinois public school districts.

    July 11, 2014 -- ISBE Announces Child and Adult Care Food Program
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced the availability of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP is a federally-funded program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is administered by ISBE.

    July 1, 2014 -- Free School Breakfast and Lunch Program continue through summer at sites across state
    Free School Breakfast and Lunch Program continue through summer at sites across state
    As Illinoisans prepare to celebrate Independence Day, and other summer pleasures, the Illinois State Board of Education reminds families that free breakfasts and lunches continue at local schools, parks, and community centers across the state where an expected 4 million free meals will be served through August. The program allows children to continue healthy habits so they’re ready to learn when the school bells ring this fall.

    June

    June 23, 2014 -- Illinois State Board of Education awards $62.7 million in Title I Section 1003(g) School Improvement Grants
    State awards federal funds to reform 16 schools in nine districts
    Sixteen schools in nine districts will launch comprehensive changes this fall as the latest schools in the state to earn federal Title I Section 1003(g) School Improvement Grants (SIG) worth $62.7 million. These grants will help the selected schools and districts make significant changes to improve student performance and college readiness. This year’s competition brings the total number of SIG awardees during the past five years to 17 Illinois districts and 49 schools that have undertaken similar overhauls with support of the federal grant and state resources.

    June 11, 2014 -- State Board, IFT and IEA recognize almost 30 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 once again honor 29 educators whose professional education organizations selected as the best in their field of expertise during the 2013-14 school year.

    May

    May 20, 2014 -- State Board of Education selects promising science students for National Youth Science Camp
    Two graduating high school students from Naperville and Bowen to serve as delegates
    The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that Kimberly Dauber of Naperville and Kassie Henry of Bowen have been selected as two of the most promising young scientific leaders in Illinois’ Class of 2014. They will participate as delegates in the 51st year of the National Youth Science Camp.

    May 15, 2014 -- Illinois officials honor two Kane County schools for academic improvement
    Annual list recognizes improving and high-performing schools from across the state
    State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch visited Kaneland Senior High School on Thursday to recognize two Kane County  schools for being named to the 2013 Illinois Honor Roll. Both Kaneland Senior High of Maple Park and Nicholson Elementary School of West Aurora were recognized for making academic gains, earning an Academic Improvement Award.

    May 14, 2014 -- Education Funding Advisory Board establishes benchmark for equitable funding for Fiscal Year 2015
    Equitable funding for Illinois schools requires $4.8 billion more in state funds
    After convening last month to begin work on its recommendation for adequate education funding, the Illinois Education Funding Advisory Board (EFAB) voted unanimously to update their recommended Foundation level to reflect inflation. This would increase the state’s per-pupil Foundation Level to $8,767 for Fiscal Year 2015. Based on current forecasts of General State Aid (GSA) funding for FY15, this recommended foundation level would require an additional $4.8 billion in state funds for K-12 education.

    May 6, 2014 -- Illinois officials recognize Plainfield school for improved student performance
    Annual list recognizes improving and high-performing schools from across the state
    State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch visited Grande Park Elementary School Tuesday to recognize the school for being named to the 2013 Illinois Honor Roll. Students and staff celebrated the school’s progress during a school assembly in the K-5 elementary school, part of Community Unit School 300 district serving students in Aurora, Joliet, Montgomery, Plainfield and Yorkville.

    May 1, 2014 -- ISBE visits Central High School in Camp Point to present Illinois Honor Roll award
    Annual list recognizes improving and high-performing schools from across the state
    State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch recognized Central High School today for being named to the 2013 Illinois Honor Roll. The Camp Point High School celebrated the recognition during a school assembly.

    April

    April 30, 2014 -- Applications Available to Serve on ISBE’s Student Advisory Council
    High schoolers from across Illinois represent student interests
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is now taking applications from eligible high school students interested in serving on the state agency’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) for the 2014-15 school year. Students attending a public high school in Illinois who are entering the fall semester as a sophomore, junior or senior are eligible to apply.

    April 24, 2014 -- Nearly 200 schools recognized for academic excellence and improvement on 2013 Illinois Honor Roll
    Annual list shows continued and improved academic achievement as state moves toward new accountability system in 2014
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that 177 schools made the 2013 Illinois Honor Roll for their continued academic progress or excellence. The state’s annual recognition program, based on the previous spring’s state standardized tests and demographic information, shows a dozen schools that are being recognized for the 10th or 11th consecutive year. All of these outstanding schools are being honored for their accomplishments in making progress toward or maintaining academic excellence.

    April 24, 2014 -- Education Funding Advisory Board to work toward K-12 recommendation
    Committee will determine the foundation level for an adequate education for fiscal year 2015
    The Illinois Education Funding Advisory Board (EFAB) will convene Thursday, April 24, to begin work on its recommendation for adequate education funding. The state-mandated advisory committee must recommend by January 2015 the minimum per-pupil funding necessary to adequately educate each student in the state’s K-12 public schools. State and local funding sources make up this statutorily set funding, known as the foundation level.

    April 23, 2014 -- Illinois School Named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School
    The U.S. Department of Education has named Woodland Primary School in Gages Lake a Green Ribbon Schools award winner for its strong environmental practices and curriculum. Woodland is one of 48 schools across the country being recognized this year under the three-year-old federal program. The early childhood and kindergarten school in Lake County is one of five schools in Woodland School District 50.

    April 17, 2014 -- Illinois Green School Award Recipients to be Recognized at Healthy and High Achieving Schools Symposium
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that this year's Illinois Green Schools will be recognized at the Illinois Healthy and High Performing Schools Symposium on Friday at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire. The Green Schools award program recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, protect student and staff health and wellness, and offer environmental education.

    April 2, 2014 -- Illinois among five states selected to work with CEEDAR Center
    Outcome will lead to improved preparation systems for teachers and leaders serving students with disabilities
    A panel of education experts selected Illinois as one of five states to work with a national center to better prepare educators to serve Illinois public school students with disabilities and ensure those students are ready to succeed in college and the workforce.

    March

    March 20, 2014 -- Illinois students participate in pilot tests to prepare for new assessments tied to states’ more challenging learning standards
    Students in nearly half of Illinois schools will participate this spring in a limited amount of field testing to prepare for next year’s new, more rigorous assessment system
    Students in Illinois schools will take a practice test this spring that will help them become familiar with next year’s line of new assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics and provide state policy makers and educators with valuable feedback before the tests are finalized.

    March 20, 2014 -- Students honored during the 32nd annual Illinois Arts Education Week
    Poster contest winners recognized at Governor’s Mansion in Springfield
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) honored student winners of the statewide arts education poster contest today at the Governor’s Mansion. The contest is a highlight of the 32nd annual Illinois Arts Education Week, which runs March 17-23 to celebrate and highlight the importance of the fine arts.

    March 17, 2014 -- School Environment Matters: State Board of Education administers second Illinois 5Essentials Survey to help improve student learning
    Students, parents and teachers weigh in on school climate and learning conditions
    Many sixth through 12th grade students and teachers across the state will once again have the opportunity to provide feedback on their schools’ learning conditions and climate through a state survey that aims to help drive improvement planning and paint a fuller picture of the nearly 4,000 public schools in Illinois. Results from this year’s survey will be posted on the State School Report Card which is released each fall.

    March 12, 2014 -- 2014 Financial Profile shows drop in state’s overall average score with more school districts earning lowest financial ranking
    ISBE analysis reflects one third of students in state are in schools in poor financial health
    Statewide data shows that Illinois public school districts are continuing to struggle financially with 532 districts – or nearly 62 percent – deficit spending, using their reserves or borrowing, this year compared to 32.5 percent in 2008.

    March 10, 2014 -- School District Leaders Participate in Innovative Improvement Program
    Program emphasizes collaboration and peer feedback during a concentrated time span
    A group of Illinois school district leaders, from Rockford to Mounds, are piloting a collaborative improvement process that aims to better prepare students for success in college and careers.

    March 6, 2014 -- Illinois Green School Award Recipients Announced
    Two schools and a district receive state recognition for their conservation efforts
    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Thursday announced the state’s three winners of the Illinois Green School Award program. The program recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, protect student and staff health and wellness, and offer environmental education.

    February

    February 11, 2014 -- Illinois closes equity gap for Latino students on AP exams
    Percentage of Latino test takers exceeds percentage of Latino graduates overall as record number of Illinois students takes exams and excel; Leyden High School District 212 recognized for expanding access to AP courses and improving performance
    Illinois is emerging as a national leader in closing the equity gap for Latino as well as low-income Advanced Placement test takers, providing additional access to college for these traditionally underserved populations, according to the 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation.

    January

    January 31, 2014 -- 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 the thermostat says otherwise, summer will be here soon and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) wants to make sure every child has access to nutritious meals during the break from school. School districts, local government entities and non-profits are encouraged to become a summer food site sponsor and/or site to provide free, healthy meals and snacks to low-income children.

    January 23, 2014 -- ISBE calls for State to shift focus toward economic growth in FY15 Budget; Priority needs to be on investing in tomorrow’s workforce
    Calls for emergency relief for disaster-stricken districts, increases for closing achievement gaps, supporting bilingual education
    The Illinois State Board of Education today called on lawmakers and the Governor to invest in students and the state’s economic future by changing their budgeting focus to increase the state’s share of funding for education.

    January 9, 2014 -- ISBE names 22 school districts to receive funds from School Technology Revolving Loan Program
    Low-interest loans to boost technology in schools across the state
    The Illinois State Board of Education today announced the selection of 22 school districts from across Illinois to receive more than $3.5 million from the School Technology Revolving Loan Program. The low-interest loans allow schools to use technology for classroom instruction and staff development.

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