Sent: Friday, June 25, 2004 3:17 PM
Subject: Weekly Message from State Superintendent Robert Schiller 6-25-04
Suffice to say there is
nothing to report at this time from
Next week, because of the July 4th weekend, permitting there are items of interest to you, we plan to send out the weekly message on Thursday.
Last week I asked for your assistance in the search to fill positions for the next year of financial oversight transition in East St. Louis District 189. This week I am pleased to announce that the East St. Louis School Board yesterday accepted our appointment of interim CEO, Stan L. Mims, Ed. D., who is the current Superintendent/ Chief Education Officer of Round Lake Area Schools. He is set to begin July 1st and is already working to hire the management team. Please see our announcement at: http://www.isbe.net/news/2004/june24_04.htm
Have a good week,
Today’s message includes:
Extension of RFPs and Parent/Guardian Survey Deadlines
ISBE has extended the
submission date for applications for two Requests for Proposals (RFPs), the
Parent Mentor Project and the
Also, the timeline for the
collection period of the Parent/Guardian Survey has been extended through
If you have questions about the RFPs or the Parent/Guardian Survey, contact Deb Kunz at 217/782-5589.
Due Dates for Filing General State Aid Claims
Section 18-12 of the School Code provides that the General State Aid claim “shall be certified and filed with the regional superintendent by June 21 for districts with an official school calendar end date before June 15 or within 2 weeks following the official school calendar end date for districts with a school year end date of June 15 or later. The regional superintendent shall certify and file with the State Superintendent of Education district State aid claims by July 1 for districts with an official school calendar end date before June 15 or no later than July 15 for districts with an official school calendar end date of June 15 or later. Failure to so file by these deadlines constitutes a forfeiture of the right to receive payment by the State until such claim is filed and vouchered for payment.” If there any questions regarding this process or timelines, please contact Jim Mathes in the Division of Funding and Disbursement Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-782-5256.
Missing Enrollment Data Reminder
In an effort to provide AYP
participation calculations based on accurate first-day-of-testing enrollment
data, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is providing an electronic
early data correction window now through
During the data collection process, the number of students enrolled on the first day of testing should have been entered for each school with one or more tested grades and then these enrollment data should have been approved at both the school and district levels by the district superintendent.
To date, about 80 schools in about 70 districts have not entered any enrollment data for their schools in the SchoolHouse system. All district superintendents have been contacted directly by ISBE Student Assessment staff regarding this situation. In order for ISBE to use the data in final AYP participation calculations, separate approvals are required on SchoolHouse for each school and for the district as a whole (all schools).
Unless these data are entered and subsequently approved by the district superintendent, AYP participation cannot be calculated and the affected school(s) will be considered as not having made AYP.
If enrollment data have been entered for a school, but these data have not been approved at both the school and district levels, the district superintendent should review the instructions on pages 21 – 23 (HOW TO APPROVE ENROLLMENTS) in the Illinois Data Collection User’s Guide, which is available on the ISBE Web site at www.isbe.net/assessment
If you still have questions about the approval process after reviewing the instructions, please contact Pearson Educational Measurement at 800/627-7990, state code 814.
School Bus Safety
The National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration (NHTSA) has warned school districts of broken or
defective welds in the roofing structure of Carpenter school buses manufactured
at that company’s
The State Board of Education
is responding to a legislative request that asks us to identify the number of
pre-1996 Carpenter school buses still in use by
Please e-mail ISBE at email@example.com and provide the following:
Number of affected Carpenter buses in use:
English Language Proficiency Standards
Administrators and teachers are invited to learn more about the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELP). Administrator training is scheduled for one-day sessions on July 12, 13, or 14, 2004. Initial learning opportunities for teams of teachers will be offered in September. Teacher training will be conducted in two-day sessions.
Developed by a consortium of
ten states with input from
Interested educators should download the registration form and call Hanka Szymborski at 847/803-3112 two weeks before the event to register for these free workshops. Additional learning opportunities for administrators and teachers will be offered during the 2004-2005 school year.
Reading Improvement Block Grants Reallocation
On Monday, letters were mailed to eligible school districts letter notifying them that a reallocation of $474, 231 in Reading Improvement Block grant dollars is being distributed per the original formula. All projects have been extended until August 31.
Schools may use the money according to grant guidelines. Final completion reports should include all expenditures for the period of July 1-August 31 from the FY04 grant. Schools must file their completion reports by September 30.
If you have questions, please contact Gale Meisner at 217/557-7323.
NCTAF Weekly Digest
In This Issue:
-- Achievement Gap Widens In South Carolina Schools
-- Educators Divided Over Fast-Track Certification
-- 4th-Graders Say Principal Urged MCAS Cheating
-- Nearly 800 PA Teachers Agree To Retirement
-- Editorial: No Child Left Behind A Failure
-- At Least 90 Percent Of New Jersey Teachers Met Federal Standards That They Be Rated "Highly Qualified"
-- California Says 200 Teachers Helped Kids Cheat On State Exams
This week’s news clips may be accessed at http://www.isbe.net/news/2004/newsclips/040625.htm