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March

March 2, 2015 -- Schools set to give state’s new assessment to third- through eighth-graders and high school students
PARCC assessment measures how well students are prepared for next grade and, ultimately, college and careers
Schools across Illinois are ushering in a new assessment system designed to better gauge how well students are prepared for the next grade level and, ultimately, for success after high school. Starting March 9, most third- through eighth-graders and some high school students across the state will begin taking the first of a two-part assessment completely aligned to the new internationally benchmarked Illinois Learning Standards.

February

February 24, 2015 -- ISBE’s PARCC Primer events help districts prepare families for state’s new assessment this spring
Family PARCC nights use sample test questions, practice tests and fun activities to familiarize parents with the new exam
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Parent Teacher Association (PTA) teamed up to give families a firsthand glimpse of the state’s new assessment system for third through eighth graders and high school students. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), set to debut next month, is designed to demonstrate how well students are prepared for the next grade level and, ultimately, for success after high school.

January

January 29, 2015 -- Illinois State Board of Education seeks sponsors/sites for summer food programs
Programs ensure low-income students are well fed when school is out
The thermometer might suggest otherwise, but summer is on its way and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) wants to make sure every child enjoys access to nutritious meals during the summer break. School districts, local government entities and nonprofit organizations are eligible to host children for free healthy meals and snacks as a summer food site sponsor and/or site.

January 27, 2015 -- Two Illinois schools to be recognized as National Distinguished Schools
Highland Elementary School in Skokie School District 68 and HH Conrady Jr. High School in North Palos School District 117 recognized for academic success
The Illinois State Board of Education today announced that two Illinois schools with a high percentage of children in poverty will be honored for their academic gains next month during the National Title I Association’s annual conference. Highland Elementary School in Skokie School District 68 and HH Conrady Jr. High School in North Palos School District 117 will be among schools across the nation honored for serving students in poverty and achieving academic success.

January 21, 2015 -- ISBE recommends nearly $730 million increase in education funding
Board members acknowledge fiscal challenges facing state, but urge lawmakers to fully fund General State Aid commitment, increase funding for early childhood programs
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today approved a fiscal year 2016 budget recommendation that seeks an additional $729.9 million from the current year to fully fund General State Aid (GSA). Board members acknowledged the reduction in revenue and increased spending pressures facing the state, but noted the pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education budget would still be 5 percent less than FY 2009, when adjusted for inflation.

January 21, 2015 -- Grant Park School Board President honored at ISBE meeting
ISBE honors David Dickson, the 2014 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award Recipient, for his leadership and dedication
The Illinois State Board of Education today honored Dave Dickson of Grant Park CUSD 6 who was named the 2014 recipient of the Thomas Lay Burroughs Award. The award annually recognizes outstanding school board presidents in the state. Dickson has served five years as president of his local school board and more than eight years on the board.

January 6, 2015 -- ISBE-developed guidance helps schools and teachers implement new math standards
Math models receive positive feedback and accolades
Illinois districts are piloting state-developed model math units to help students master concepts at each grade level as schools implement internationally-benchmarked learning standards that emphasize depth of knowledge, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The nationally-recognized units are the first of their kind, developed by a statewide team of educators following legislation that called for more math resources and support.

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