I am looking forward to hosting the Annual Superintendents’ Conference next Tuesday and Wednesday at the Springfield Hilton. I also look forward to seeing you and your associates at the conference.
If you have not already made arrangements to attend, I encourage you to do so. We have put together an exciting program with well-known speakers and educational workshops. There will be limited on-site registration available at the conference beginning September 20 from to
For additional details, please refer to the conference program online at http://www.isbe.net/pdf/conf_program_9-04.pdf.
Also included in today’s message:
NIU’s Illinois Interactive Report Card
NIU has developed an Illinois Interactive Report Card as
part of an intergovernmental agreement/partnership with the Illinois State Board
of Education. Parents, teachers, school administrators and anyone interested in
the state of public education in
2003-04 Driver Education Cost Claim DUE OCTOBER 1
The 2003-04 Driver Education Cost
Claim is now
open in the Illinois State Board of Education’s Web Application Security (IWAS)
system. School districts who operate Driver Education programs must
file a cost claim on or before
Tax Anticipation Warrant Program
The State of
For information or assistance, please contact Nona Myers
or Eric Watson with the State of
The Enhancing Education through Technology allocations
through Title II-D of No Child Left Behind are now
available. Districts eligible for the Title I Basic grant are also
eligible for this grant. Allocations are available online at http://www.isbe.net/curriculum/elearning/pdf/formula_05_allocation.pdf.
To apply for these funds, submit an amendment to your approved
Metlife Essay Contest
MetLife is sponsoring the
2004 MetLife Scholars Program Essay Contest for students in Grades 6 to 12. The
topic of this year's essay contest is "Immigrant Contributions to
For more information,
National Book Scholarship Fund Offers Literacy Materials
ProLiteracy Worldwide is accepting applications for its National Book Scholarship Fund (NBSF), an annual program that supplies books and materials to local literacy programs. New Readers Press, the publishing division of ProLiteracy Worldwide, provides the books and materials that are available from the NBSF.
The NBSF makes grants to literacy or educational programs. First priority will be given to programs that focus on family literacy. English as a second language projects, adult basic educational programs, and projects that involve women-focused literacy or ESL programming will also be considered for support.
NBSF grants have ranged from $500 to $7,000, although greater or lesser amounts of funding are considered. Programs awarded a grant must provide a cash contribution to ProLiteracy Worldwide equal to 20 percent of the grant award. These funds are used to defray the costs of NBSF program administration. Organizations that have been affiliates of ProLiteracy for one year or more provide a cash contribution equal to 10 percent of the grant award.
Proposals will be considered immediately upon receipt. Awards will be made until funds are exhausted. For complete program information and application form, visit: http://nbsf.org/apply.asp
English Language Learner Students in US Public Schools: 1994 and 2000
This Issue Brief examines growth in the
population of English Language Learner (ELL) students in
The Issue Brief also examined the extent to which ELL students were concentrated in schools in 1999-2000. Nationally in 1999-2000, 62 percent of public school students were in schools with an ELL student population of less than 1 percent of the school population. However, in the West, 19 percent of students were in schools with ELL populations comprising at least 25 percent of the school population; 7 percent of students in the West were in schools comprising over 50 percent ELL students.
To download, view and print the report as a PDF file, please visit: http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2004035
Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were created in 1995 by Prudential Financial, Inc. in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (http://www.nassp.org/) to honor middle and high school students for outstanding volunteer service to their communities. Over the past nine years the program has honored more than 55,000 young volunteers at the local, state, and national level.
To be eligible for the program, a student must be in fifth grade or above, in any state, the District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico as of October 29, 2004; have engaged in a volunteer activity that occurred at least in part after September 1, 2003; and complete an application and submit it to a school principal or the head of an officially designated local organization by October 29, 2004. The officially designated local organizations are a Girl Scout council, county 4-H organizations, Camp Fire USA council, YMCA, American Red Cross chapter, or member Volunteer Center of the Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network.
Each participating school/organization
will collect applications from interested students/members by the
Local honorees receive certificates of
achievement from their schools or organizations. State honorees receive a $1,000
award, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expenses-paid trip with a parent
Complete program information and application instructions are available at the program's Web site: http://prudential.com/spirit
ISBE is repeating the very successful on-line Teachers Survey of Needs as a tool for the Mathematics and Science Partnerships planning. The survey can be found at: www.isbe.net/teachers.htm (between September 1 and November 1). It is vital to have as many teachers complete this 10-minute survey as possible. It includes questions about experience, teaching assignments and out-of-pocket expenses. We had more than 2,000 responses to last year’s survey, but it is vital that we exceed that baseline this year. Please encourage your district’s teachers of science and mathematics to become a part of the process. Their input is very important.
As previously reported in the Superintendent’s Bulletin,
the statewide teacher technology survey has been extended through
Hearst Scholarship Applications Due
A $5,000 scholarship and week-long trip to
Harriet Fulbright to Speak
Mrs. Harriet Fulbright will be speaking at the Illinois
State Library in
Principal’s Flip Chart
The division of Curriculum and Instruction is proud to announce a new publication entitled “Principal’s Flip Chart for Grades 4-8.” This flip chart is intended to give administrators an overview on effective literacy practices that should be taking place for students in Grades 4-8. Specific information is provided relative to content area reading and writing instruction. Copies should be available in October. The division is also working on a flip chart for high school administrators as well as updating the previous early grades flip charts. These should be available in late November. For more information contact Anne Sustik at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMINDER - Assessment Data Update
Due to the large number of data corrections, final ISAT
and IMAGE reports will not be posted on SchoolHouse (www.ncsschoolhouse.com) until
Log onto www.ncsschoolhouse.com
Public Act 93-857
This is to notify you of the enactment and implementation of Public Act 93-857 – Prairie State Achievement Examination as a Condition of Graduation.
On August 3, 2004, Governor Blagojevich signed Senate Bill 2769 (Public Act 93-857) to require all students to take the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) as a condition of receiving a regular high school diploma unless the student is exempted because:
Changes for the 2004-2005 School Year
As the new law is effective immediately, school
districts will be required to ensure all students graduating during the 2004-05
school year, and all subsequent years, have taken the PSAE prior to the issuance
of a diploma. Any seniors for this school year that have not already taken
the PSAE should register by
Day 1 of the retake is to be taken on
During the 2004-05 school year, students who are not able to participate in the retake may take just Day 1 on another national ACT test date (see schedule below) to meet the new requirement. In order for these ACT scores to meet the requirement for taking the PSAE, students will need to register using a paper ACT registration folder and a PSAE Day 1 Voucher. Directions and copies of the voucher to be used for test dates beyond October will be provided to superintendents shortly.
ACT Test Date
Future School Years
School districts are reminded that the Prairie State Achievement Examination is to be administered to all eligible grade 11 students. Additional direction will be forthcoming concerning the examination process for students in future years who have not taken the PSAE prior to entering grade 12.
School Board Policy
School boards should adopt policies concerning this new provision in the law, including:
Within two weeks, the Student Assessment Division will provide you with details related to the use of vouchers for 2004-2005 ACT national test dates beyond October. All of the above information will be online at www.isbe.net/assessment/psae.htm .
The Illinois Assessment Frameworks are blueprints for the state assessments that will be administered beginning in the 2005-2006 school year. These frameworks are not intended to be content curriculum guides but instead provide districts with guidelines to what and when areas of the Illinois Learning Standards will be assessed.
The Frameworks were first posted in October 2003, in
order to move along our test design process. Through this process, however,
practitioners have provided input and guidance on these documents. Therefore,
the Student Assessment Division has incorporated this input into the Frameworks.
We appreciate greatly the input and work that we have received from practitioners around the state in order to provide frameworks that reflect the standards.