| Springfield – Here
is a synopsis of some of the work done in the last month by Illinois
State Board of Education staff to meet 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.
complete Board Priority Report is available through
the State Board’s Communications division at (217) 782-4648
or on the State Board’s website at www.isbe.state.il.us/board/meetings/april01meeting/bdrpt.pdf.
Standards, Assessment, and Accountability
the percentage of schools in Levels 3-5 (DeStefano 5-point
implementation scale) to 75 percent by the end of FY 2003.
ISAT Testing for approximately 650,000 across 5 grades in
all taping for the Interactive CD project demonstrating ISAT
rubric connections to Learning Standards.
TIMSS data analyses for report to state superintendent.
and sent PSAE materials to schools -- working to accommodate
all requests: only 43 waivers for hours and instructional
time changes and 127 for site changes out of 504 districts
that have high schools.
256,523 hits on the Sample ISAT Test between January 1-April
System of Support for Schools
with districts and schools that are in Academic Difficulty
so that all students meet or exceed Illinois Academic Learning
a prototype for a System of Support intervention map/website
for internal tracking of support and progress in 88 eligible
to redefine Quality Assurance to focus on schools eligible
for the system of support in accordance with rules and regulations.
to provide support to 23 additional districts that are submitting
Reading Excellence Act proposals (applications are due May
31 and awards will be announced in June.)
approximately 150 professional development providers, 225
site coordinators and 3,000 teachers to provide the Summer
Bridge program in 118 districts.
significant annual increase in the percentage of students
in grades 3, 5, 8, and high school will meet or exceed state
standards in mathematics so that by 2005, 80 percent of all
students will meet and exceed state standards mathematics.
over 120 applications for the first Mathematics and Science
Curriculum Showcase in Bloomington on June 14-15.
January 1, 2001, the M2T2 Web site has had 98,128 hits. This
represents 3,043 “user sessions.”
contract for the development of a parent handbook to be distributed
statewide during next school year.
Teachers Certification Board approved a program for alternative
certification of mathematics and science teachers at the
University of Illinois at Chicago.
ISBE visibility by presenting at the Illinois Section of
the Mathematics Association of America Conference to 50 mathematicians
about ISBE activities, presenting two sessions at Western
Illinois University for its 50th Anniversary Conference to
over 200 teachers, and attending the conferences for Association
for State Supervisors of Mathematics, National Council for
Supervisors of Mathematics, and National Council of Teachers
significant annual increase in the percentage of students
in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10 will meet or exceed state standards
in reading so that by 2005, 80 percent of all students will
meet and exceed state standards for reading.
the pilot version of the Illinois
Snapshots of Early Literacy (ISEL) classroom reading
inventory which will be used in kindergarten and first grade
Summer Bridges classrooms.
videotaping in classrooms for the demonstration videotapes
that will be included in the 2001 edition of the Reading
Kits. Demonstration videotapes will be produced for each
of the kits being created this year, for third grade classroom
teachers, bilingual/ESL resource, and early reading support.
(and are receiving) 4,000 surveys to principals to determine
how many Kits we will need to produce in 2001.
5,500 letters to principals encouraging participation in “Turn
Off the TV Week”, April 23 – 29th, in collaboration with
Governor George H. Ryan’s office.
in Mayor Daley’s Reading Roundtable (and provided copies
of ISBE reading-related resources to the Mayor’s Office for
Professional Preparation and Certification
the Illinois Administrators’ Academy Management System (IAAMS)
database. Staff members are entering course names and descriptions. This
long-awaited tracking system will be ready for public use
Certificate Renewal Tracking System (CERTS) is under construction
and on schedule for a pilot in May.
Certificate Renewal Manuals to over 300 Cook County non-public
schools after meeting with the Coalition of Non-Public Schools
legislative language regarding Governors State University
and its operation of a non-approved school social worker
program, at the request of the Illinois Board of Higher Education
and South Suburban Cook County legislators.
new record for number of examinees for the April 7 teacher
certification tests. To
date, 10,714 examinees have registered for 13,767 tests,
of which 6,881 are registered for Basic Skills. By
comparison, 8,104 examinees took 10,664 tests in January
and 9,299 examinees took 12,081 tests in April 2000.
to modify a training package for Local Professional Development
Advisory Committees (LPDACs) for Chicago private schools.
Scheduling of trainings must occur on Saturdays for some
groups while others are requesting late afternoon after-school
Early Learning Initiative Birth Through Eight
a system that enables all children to achieve Illinois Learning
Standards by Grade Three.
Continued work with the National
Center for Early Development and Learning (NCEDL) for the multi-state
prekindergarten study. All preliminary site-based data has been
submitted, and data collectors are being sought in the East St.
Louis and Chicago areas. Next steps include appointing an advisory
group for the study, and the identification of the 40 prekindergarten
sites to be included in the study. The study will focus on instructional
practices in prekindergarten and Kindergarten classes and various
components of child outcomes.
Early Childhood Block Grant Bidders' Conference web cast. Over
260 computers were connected for the April 4 teleconference,
which will be available for viewing on the Internet until
May 4, when proposals are due.
after-school professional development session for East St.
Louis prekindergarten, Head Start, kindergarten staff and
district administrators. Sixty persons attended the 3 ½ hour
session that focused on assessment, curriculum, and Learning
contract discussions with the University of Illinois for
the Early Learning Web Site. The joint project between the
State Board and Futures for Kids will provide information
on early development and learning to those responsible for
the care and education of young children, with a special
focus on hard-to-reach parents and caregivers.