This week’s message reports on an upcoming special State Board meeting to address another district’s voluntary request for creation of a Financial Oversight Panel, on the schedule for legislative hearings on the ISBE FY04 budget and on the recommendations of the Assessment and Accountability Task Force on IMAGE, the IAA and an AYP model. It also gives you advance notice regarding a survey on districts’ finances we will be sending superintendents next week.
The Illinois State Board of
Education will hold a special meeting via teleconference on
Those wishing to attend may do so at
the State Board offices either in
Assessment and Accountability Task Force
At its last meeting, the Task Force approved several subcommittee recommendations for improvements to the IMAGE assessment. These recommendations include the following:
Responding to the uniqueness of the ELL subgroup, the Task Force also adopted a proposed “hybrid value-added/absolute AYP model.” This model will look at two measures to determine whether a school/district is making adequate progress for this subgroup.
The absolute component (#1) will be used to trigger NCLB consequences, such as school choice and supplemental services. The value-added component (#2) will be used to determine the nature of other NCLB consequences.
At this same meeting, the IAA subcommittee reported on its progress in designing long-range improvements to this assessment. Although no formal recommendations were presented, the group indicated that it is leaning toward the use of an “events-based” assessment model rather than the current year-long record of student information. The “events-based” model, which is in use in several other states, would increase the comparability of IAA to the other one-time state assessments (ISAT, PSAE and IMAGE) and reduce the record-keeping burden. The subcommittee also reported that the portfolio concept remains popular, especially with parents, and that it could be used with the “events-based” assessment model.
Reminder: The next full Task Force meeting will be
Legislative Hearings on ISBE FY04 Budget
The House Committee on
Appropriations for Elementary & Secondary Education will hold a series of
hearings related to ISBE’s proposed FY04 budget. All hearings will begin at
in Room 118 of the
Survey for Superintendents
Next week by e-mail, we will send to superintendents a survey we hope you will all take the time to complete and return through the ROE. It will ask you to describe the effects of reduced funding/increased costs on the education services offered by districts. Having this kind of information will help us all as we begin the budget process in earnest.