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December

December 27, 2011 --North Chicago School District 187 reviews Charter School Proposals
Three Charter Operators vying to run school on the Naval Station Great Lakes
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and North Chicago Community Unit School District 187 announced today they have received three applications to run a charter school on the Naval Station Great Lakes for students living within District boundaries.

December 23, 2011 --Governor Quinn Announces Nearly $43 Million in Race to the Top Competition
Federal Funding Award to Advance K-12 Reforms, Improve Student Achievement and Boost Science Technology Engineering, Math (STEM) Learning Across Illinois
Governor Pat Quinn today announced Illinois earned a $42.8 million federal grant under the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top (RTTT) program to help bolster Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education across the state and other work to close the achievement gap.

December 19, 2011 -- Illinois State Board of Education encourages students to exercise their bodies and minds during winter break
Families can promote physical fitness at home to improve wellness and better prepare for academic success
The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) are encouraging students to continue exercising their minds and bodies during winter break. In addition to the many healthy benefits of exercise, studies have identified a link between physical activity and improved academic performance.

December 16, 2011 -- Illinois third in nation for number of new teachers achieving highest teaching credentials
Sixth year in a row Illinois attains national ranking
The State Board of Education announced today that Illinois ranks third nationally for the number of teachers who achieved National Board Certification in 2011 with Chicago Public Schools District 299 boasting the second highest number of teachers per district earning this professional milestone.

November

November 29, 2011 -- Illinois among six states joining effort to write Next Generation Science Standards
New more rigorous K-12 science benchmarks to be drafted by end of 2012
Illinois is among six new states to join a collaborative effort to develop new science standards that will clearly define what students need to learn from kindergarten through high school graduation.

November 22, 2011 -- First coordinated State Early Learning Budget Hearing to be held November 29 in Chicago
The Illinois State Board of Education, in cooperation with the Office the Governor, Department of Human Services and Department of Children and Family Services announced today that they are working together to host state government’s first ever coordinated Early Learning Budget Hearing.

November 21, 2011 -- Homewood District 153 School Board President receives Thomas Lay Burroughs Award
Shelly Marks presented with statewide honor by ISBE at education conference in Chicago
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) selected Shelly Marks of Homewood School District 153 as the 2011 recipient of the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award, which annually honors an outstanding school board president in Illinois.

November 18, 2011 -- ISBE Proposes New Rules Including Student Growth to Evaluate Teachers/Principals
Draft rules result of months of extensive professional advice and public feedback
The Illinois State Board of Education today proposed new rules that will help transform teacher and principal evaluations in Illinois.

November 17, 2011 -- Waukegan Native Joins ISBE as Assistant Superintendent for the Center for Language and Early Childhood Development
Reyna Hernandez to help ISBE increase family and community engagement efforts
The Illinois State Board of Education has named Reyna Hernandez to serve as the Assistant Superintendent of English Language Learning and Early Childhood.
Spanish Version

November 9, 2011 -- PARCC Releases Model Content Frameworks
Frameworks provide an outline for common assessments in English, mathematics
The state-led Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) today released Model Content Frameworks that will be used to inform the development of item specifications and blueprints for K-12 assessments in English and math.

November 9, 2011 -- Hersey High School social studies teacher singled out for national recognition
The Illinois State Board of Education and the Milken Family Foundation announced today that Bradley Abel, a social studies teacher at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, has been chosen as the Illinois recipient of the Milken National Educator Award.


October

October 31, 2011 -- Achievement Gap Narrows at Elementary Schools
Nine schools make it off status even as benchmarks increase
The Illinois State Board of Education announced that 2011 state standardized test results released today show the achievement gap is narrowing at the elementary school level, particularly due to gains among African American, special education, and low income students.

October 31, 2011 -- School Improvement Grants help low performing schools post big gains
2011 Report Card Data shows federal SIG funds making a difference
The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that the seven low performing high schools in four districts that received federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) funds in fall 2011 posted significant improvements on state standardized tests last spring.

October 25, 2011 -- ISBE Chairman Tours Egyptian High School to observe academic improvement efforts
Federal Funds target lowest performing schools
Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico today visited Egyptian High School in Egyptian Community Unit School District 5 to see how officials there are spending nearly $4.4 million in School Improvement Grant funds.

October 22, 2011 -- ISBE names sixth-grade teacher from Naperville as the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year
Josh Stumpenhorst teaches language arts and social science at Lincoln Junior High School in District 203
The Illinois State Board of Education today named sixth-grade language arts and social science teacher Josh Stumpenhorst as the 2012 Illinois Teacher of the Year.

October 20, 2011 -- More Illinois Schools identified for Improvement under No Child Left Behind Benchmarks
State to seek flexibility from NCLB through federal waiver process
The Illinois State Board of Education today released 2011 State Assessment data, showing a growing number of schools are identified for improvement under the federal accountability law, No Child Left Behind.

October 18, 2011 -- Illinois State Board of Education seats new members of the Student Advisory Council
Fifteen high schoolers from across the state chosen to represent student interests
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today the selection of 15 high school students from across the state to serve on the Student Advisory Council (SAC), which brings student concerns to the attention of ISBE.

October 17, 2011 -- Illinois State Board of Education begins budget development for FY 2013
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is launching a series of public budget hearings as it prepares its Fiscal Year 2013 education budget recommendation for the Governor and General Assembly.

October 17, 2011 -- Nine Illinois Charter School Developers awarded federal planning and development grants
Illinois Charters awarded a third of federal funds for proposed or current schools
The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that nine Illinois charter schools developers were awarded $1.6 million in federal funds to be used toward planning, program design and initial implementation, as well as for sharing best practices.

October 14, 2011 -- ISBE to honor Those Who Excel in education at annual banquet in Bloomington
Illinois Teacher of the Year to be named
Nearly 200 award recipients will be recognized Saturday, Oct. 22 for their outstanding service to students statewide at the 37th annual Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year in Normal.

October 13, 2011 -- Jesse Ruiz, Former Illinois State Board President, Receives National Honor PDF File
Jesse Ruiz, the former president of the Illinois State Board of Education, is being awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE). The national award is given annually to a state board of education member in recognition of outstanding service to public education.

September

September 30, 2011 -- Illinois State Board of Education Announces the Child and Adult Care Food Program
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today 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.

September 30, 2011 -- Illinois State Board of Education approves members of State Charter School Commission
Appointments to commission responsible for considering and authorizing charters on appeal
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has approved nine members to the Illinois’ newly-established State Charter School Commission. The commission is responsible for authorizing high-quality charter schools throughout Illinois, particularly schools designed to expand opportunities for at-risk students.

September 30, 2011 -- New Superintendent named to lead East St. Louis School District
Former Champaign School Chief to guide district improvement under state watch
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today former Champaign Unit District 4 Superintendent Arthur Ray Culver has been named to serve as superintendent for East St. Louis District 189 during the state's oversight of the district. Culver replaces Interim Superintendent Jed Deets, a longtime Metro East educator and school administrator who filled the role since July and will remain a part of the new administration.

September 29, 2011 -- Illinois State Board of Education and Lt. Governor Simon Celebrate First National Farm to School Month in October
State supports this year’s theme ‘Bring a Farmer or Chef to School’
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon are encouraging Illinois schools to participate in the first Farm to School Month in October with activities such as visiting a local farm and planning a spring garden. This year’s theme is “Bring a Farmer or Chef to School,” which encourages classroom lessons on agriculture and cooking with local fresh produce.

September 14, 2011 -- ISBE Announces Finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year
2011-12 Illinois Teacher of the Year to be announced Oct. 22
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today nine finalists for the 2011-12 Illinois Teacher of the Year. The finalists represent schools across the state and are selected from nominees through ISBE’s Those Who Excel educator recognition program.

August

August 29, 2011 -- State Board awards nearly $46 million toward child development and support services for at-risk families with infants and toddlers
Prevention Initiative Program helps build foundation for learning
The Illinois State Board of Education today announced that it has awarded nearly $46 million in state funds to 283 programs that support at-risk families with infants to 3-year olds as part of the Early Childhood Block Grant for fiscal year 2012. Additionally, the state awarded the Chicago-based Ounce of Prevention Fund with a $5 million grant to provide statewide technical assistance and training to these programs over the course of five years.

August 17, 2011 -- Illinois ACT score remains at top of the class for states that test at least 90 percent of students
State posts long-term incremental growth
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today announced the graduating Class of 2011’s composite ACT score is the highest of the 10 states that test 90 percent or more of their students. Additionally, Illinois’ composite score of 20.9 continues the state’s long-term trend of incremental improvement.

August 16, 2011 -- State Board of Education reminds families to start school year with good habits
Teacher of the Year encourages schools and families to work as a team
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) encourages families to establish and maintain good health and study habits as schools across the state open doors for the start of a new academic year.

August 9, 2011 -- State education and health agencies remind parents to get children vaccinated before starting school
August is National Immunization Awareness Month
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reminding parents to be sure their children's immunizations are up-to-date as more than 2 million Illinois students head back to school.

July

July 27, 2011 -- Schools Promote Healthy Eating Habits Through Expanded Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Schools statewide receive a total of $4.7 million to increase fruit and vegetable offerings; More students have access to healthy eating choices
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that 215 schools in Illinois will participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) during the 2011-12 school year.

July 22, 2011 -- State Board of Education hires former federal prosecutor to investigate operations in East St. Louis School District
U.S. Attorney’s office applauds move to increase transparency for district of 7,300 students
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today it has launched an investigation of all aspects of operations at the East St. Louis District 189, hiring a former federal prosecutor to lead the investigation.

July 19, 2011 -- State Board of Education to help fund more than 900 preschool programs
State awards $269.7 million to serve 77,500 children across the state
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today it has awarded $269.7 million in preschool grants to help fund about 936 programs serving 3- to 5-year-olds across the state in Fiscal Year 2012. The state funds, part of the Early Childhood Block Grant, will help prepare about 77,500 children for kindergarten and beyond.

June

June 29, 2011 -- Illinois awards nearly $75 million for school improvement
Federal funds to go toward 13 low-performing schools in six districts
The Illinois State Board of Education announced today it has approved 13 schools to receive $74.9 million over the next three fiscal years in federal School Improvement Grant funds to dramatically improve education among some of the lowest achieving schools in the state.

June 22, 2011 -- Illinois selected to Expand Access to Free School Meals for Children in Need
Community Eligibility Option provides free lunch and eliminates household eligibility applications in high poverty schools
The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that Illinois was one of the first three states, along with Kentucky and Tennessee, selected for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s launch of a universal free meal option that promises to expand access to free breakfast and lunch to all students in schools with high percentages of low-income children.

June 16, 2011 -- State Board, IEA and IFT recognize more than 20 educators for their outstanding performance in specific content areas
Award recognition luncheon features teachers from across the state
The Illinois State Board of Education, along with the Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers, honored 22 teachers from across the state for their outstanding achievement in a variety of subject areas during a luncheon Thursday at the Executive Mansion in Springfield.

June 14, 2011 -- High school students to present physical education report to State Board of Education
ISBE Student Advisory Council concludes year with Board presentation
The Illinois State Board of Education Student Advisory Council will present a report on physical education during the Board’s June meeting Thursday, June 16.

May

May 20, 2011 -- Illinois students help spread Digital safety message
Attorney General Madigan and State Superintendent Koch name best poster and electronic projects promoting online safety
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), along with the offices of the Illinois Attorney General and Illinois Lieutenant Governor Friday recognized the student winners of the second statewide Illinois Youth Digital Safety Contest to raise awareness about making careful and respectful choices through digital communications.

May 18, 2011 -- State officials join to promote summer reading and `Find a Book’ search tool

18 de Mayo, 2011 -- Los oficiales estatales promueven la lectura durante las vacaciones de verano mediante la herramienta `Find a Book’
Governor Quinn, Secretary White and State Superintendent Koch urge educators and parents to keep children reading during summer vacation
Governor Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White and State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch are urging educators and families to help students retain and develop academic skills by reading during summer vacation.

April

April 27, 2011 -- State committee recommends new kindergarten readiness assessment
Report calls for assessing multiple abilities over time
A committee of educational leaders today submitted to the Illinois State Board of Education recommendations calling for the development of a comprehensive kindergarten readiness assessment process.

April 14, 2011 -- State Superintendent celebrates success of 12 Sangamon County Honor Roll Schools
Annual list recognizes improving and high-performing schools across state
Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch recognized 12 Sangamon County schools today for being named to the 2010 Illinois Honor Roll. The schools were honored during a school assembly at Hazel Dell Elementary.

April 13, 2011 -- Research supports academic and social gains through Illinois preschool programs for at-risk children
2009-10 study shows preschool students made significant improvements in school readiness skills, particularly low-income children
An Illinois State Board of Education study found kindergarteners who had been in state-funded preschool showed significant improvements in school readiness and social skills.

April 11, 2011 -- State Superintendent celebrates success of 21 Southern Illinois Honor Roll Schools
Annual list recognizes improving and high-performing schools across state
Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch recognized 21 Southern Illinois schools today for being named to the 2010 Illinois Honor Roll. The schools were honored during a school assembly at Cobden High School.

March

March 21, 2011 -- 27 Illinois School Districts recognized by College Board for increased participation on AP exams
More Illinois students taking rigorous, advanced courses
The Illinois State Board of Education joins the College Board in recognizing 27 Illinois School districts with making the AP Achievement List. The districts singled out for this honor either maintained or improved their participation and performance on the rigorous AP exams used toward college credit and placement.

March 18, 2011 -- Students honored during the 29th annual Illinois Arts Education Week
Poster contest winners recognized at Governor’s Mansion in Springfield
The Illinois State Board of Education honored student winners of the statewide arts education poster contest on Thursday at the Governor’s Mansion, a highlight of the 29th annual Illinois Arts Education Week that runs March 14 through the 20th and celebrates the importance of the fine arts.

March 16, 2011 -- More Illinois school districts balancing budget in tough economic times
ISBE using revised data to avoid penalizing districts for late payments from the state
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released its annual financial profile of the state’s public schools using revised Fiscal Year 2010 data that takes into account that the state is behind in payments to school districts.

March 14, 2011 -- State Superintendent celebrates success of 17 Madison County Honor Roll Schools
Annual list recognizes improving and high-performing schools across state
The Illinois State Board of Education recognized 17 Madison County schools today for being named to the 2010 Illinois Honor Roll. The schools were honored during a school assembly at Marine Elementary School in Marine.

March 3, 2011 -- State Superintendent celebrates success of 19 Fox Valley Honor Roll Schools
Annual list recognizes improving and high-performing schools across state
Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch recognized 19 Tri-City schools today for being named to the 2010 Illinois Honor Roll. The schools were honored during a school assembly at Munhall Elementary School in St. Charles.

February

February 13, 2011 -- Governor Quinn Receives First P-20 Council Report
Report Offers Recommendations to Improve Academic Success of Illinois’ Students
Governor Pat Quinn today received the first set of recommendations from the Illinois P-20 Council. The council’s report was released to the Governor and the General Assembly, and it provides a number of suggestions aimed at improving student success in Illinois.

February 10, 2011 -- State looks to students to help spread digital safety message
State Education Superintendent Koch, Attorney General Madigan and Lt. Governor Simon focus on teaching children safe choices in ‘digital world’
The Illinois State Board of Education, Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office and the Illinois Lieutenant Governor’s Office today launched the second statewide Illinois Youth Digital Safety Contest to raise awareness about making safe and respectful choices through digital communications.

February 9, 2011 -- Record number of Illinois students take AP exams
Twice as many Illinois seniors take AP exam than a decade ago
The Illinois State Board of Education today announced a record number of Illinois students took AP exams in 2010, according to the seventh annual AP Report to the Nation.

January

January 31, 2011 -- Illinois’ 2010 Honor Roll recognizes more than 830 schools for academic excellence
Annual list shows continued academic achievement;
Number of consistently high-performing schools increased to 459 in past year

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) announced today that 834 schools made the Illinois Honor Roll for their continued academic progress.

January 24, 2011 -- State Board Members Selected to Serve on National Education Committees
Board members playing key roles as national policies are being developed
The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that four board members have been selected to serve on several National Association of State Boards of Education committees and a study group to assist in steering the development of education policy at the national level.

January 19, 2011 -- Illinois Students Selected for U.S. Senate Youth Program
Delegates to travel to D.C. and receive $5,000 scholarship
The Illinois State Board of Education joins U.S. Senators Richard J. Durbin and Mark Kirk in congratulating the two Illinois high school students selected as delegates to the 49th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. in March.

January 13, 2011 -- State Board recommends restoration of education funding and modest increase
$261 million increase from FY 2009 still well below the EFAB recommendation
The Illinois State Board of Education today approved a Fiscal Year 2012 State General Funds budget recommendation that would restore education funding and provide a $261 million, or 3.5 percent increase, over the Fiscal Year 2009 General Funds budget.

January 12, 2011 -- Illinois teacher named as finalist for National Teacher of the Year
The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that Annice Brave, the 2011 Illinois Teacher of the Year, has been named one of four finalists for National Teacher of the Year.

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