ISBE Education Priorities Update
November 16, 2000
Chicago – Illinois State Board of
Education staff in the last month made good progress to address the State
Board’s five education priorities of Standards/Assessment/Accountability;
High Quality Educators; Reading and Mathematics; Early Learning (Birth to 8);
and Schools in Academic Difficulty.
are a few highlights of some of the work done in the last month. The complete
Board Priority Report is available through the State Board’s Communications
division. State Board staff is also working to make the report available on the
web, at www.isbe.net under “Calendars and
- Eleven external
Quality Assurance reviews completed. Staff focusing on schools “on the
border” between 50 percent meets standards or directly below.
- Summer Bridges
final report completed. Over 80 percent of districts reported that 60
percent or more students showed improvement.
- A “Profile of
Illinois Public Schools” completed. Summarizes important data from the
2000 report card.
disseminated outlining options for administering the PSAE.
Early Learning Initiative (Birth through 8):
- Trained 700 early
education teachers (pre-kindergarten, early childhood special education,
Head Start, Child Care, etc.) on the Early Learning Standards in 11
sessions statewide. Scheduled more trainings to meet high demand.
- At the Illinois
Association for the Education of Young Children conference, conducted a
pre-conference symposium for 250 teachers on such topics as transitions,
inclusion, early learning standards, birth to three standards and Illinois
Reading and Mathematics:
- About 98 percent
of Reading Kits distributed to principals and teachers outside of Chicago.
All Chicago principals have been trained on the use of the Reading Kits,
which are being delivered citywide.
- 50,000 copies of a
new brochure, “Ten Tips for Families Reading Together,” printed and will
be distributed through the Illinois Resource Center to preschool centers
contracts with Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Service
Centers to deliver mathematics trainings to 500 teachers throughout the
remaining school year.
- Met with more than
100 teachers and students to discuss including the Illinois Learning
Standards in mathematics courses for pre-service teachers at University of
Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.
Schools in Academic Difficulty:
- Continued support
to additional 14 districts in district-level system of support.
interviews and portfolio assessments for Educators in Residence for
arrangements for November 30 Legislative Literacy Celebration. Over 250
students scheduled to participate.
- “Summary Guide for
Certificate Renewal” completed, published and in the process of being sent
to every school building statewide.
- Local Professional
Development Committee training video and accompanying materials completed.
- Issued 1,828 new
teaching certificates, 327 deficiency statements and exchanged 1,553
certificates. Still receiving more than 1,000 phone calls weekly in
- Reduced the number
of pending applications (580) to its lowest level ever.