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For Immediate Release
September 29, 2004

ISBE Opens School Report Card Window Early In Response to Local Requests
Toll-Free Hotline and Online Access Activated

Springfield, Ill. –Dr. Randy Dunn, Interim Superintendent, Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), has announced that in response to positive feedback from local school districts, ISBE has moved up the timeframe for Illinois school districts to review and reconcile discrepancies in their School Report Card data. To quickly meet school requests for access to the data, the open review period begins today, September 29, one day in advance of the planned date of September 30.

The importance of the accuracy of School Report Card data is critical to schools as a measure of performance against the federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

“In talking with many Illinois schools over the past 48 hours, they’ve told us that they are anxious to get to work on their data as soon as possible,” said Dr. Dunn. “The staff has worked hard to set up a toll-free hotline and develop online resources for schools. Because we’ve worked to respond quickly to what the schools are telling us they need, we’ve been able to move up the beginning of the review period by a full day. Governor Blagojevich has clearly stated the importance of improved service and support to schools in Illinois and this initiative is just one example of the new way in which the State Board will do that.”

Staff and technology resources are now in place for school support for the open data review period. ISBE Assessment Division and Data Analysis and Progress Division Calls are staffing the newly established toll-free hotline, 866-317-6034. Online resources for data review are available for school districts at http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfQuickRef.htm.

Illinois State Board of Education
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Springfield, IL 62777