At its March meeting this past week, the State Board of
Education adopted and forwarded to the Governor and Illinois General Assembly a
Preliminary Comprehensive Strategic Plan for
Elementary and Secondary Education. This effort, while being the
right thing to do, is also in response to Public Act 93-1036 (previously SB
3000) which created the new educational governance structure we now have in
The Plan focuses on three broad goal areas: Enhancing Literacy, Improving Educator Quality for All Children and Expanding Data-Informed School Management and Support Practices. Within these goal areas, specific objectives address a variety of topics—each objective also directly relates to those topic areas set forth in PA 93-1036.
The planning process is underway, but far from complete.
A final version of the Plan must be submitted by September 2005. In the
meantime, the Agency will hold hearings around the state to assist staff in
building implementation plans to accomplish these goals. The Plan will also
receive ongoing review and evaluation to ensure that it remains a meaningful
instrument to provide direction for education initiatives across
The goals and objectives are listed below and the entire Plan is available at our website at http://www.isbe.net/pdf/strategic_plan_2005.pdf.
Foster increased literacy by providing support for effective instruction and broad approaches to impact all students.
Improving Educator Quality for All Children
Expand and improve the pool of highly qualified educators by supporting the preparation, recruitment and retention of educators with expertise both in content areas and child development.
Support the utilization of data to assist school districts in providing more effective operational practices, opportunities to pool shared services and flexibility in balancing their budgets to increase educational outcomes.
Have a great week!
Also in today’s message:
Revised ISBE Organizational Chart
The Illinois State Board of Education has revised its Organizational Chart, as required by Public Act 93-1036 (previously SB 3000). The revised chart has been posted at http://www.isbe.net/orgchart/pdf/orgchart3-18-05.pdf.
First day of testing enrollment
At the close of
One percent exception application reminder
If more than one percent of students in grades 3, 5, 8 and 11 are identified as significantly cognitively disabled, districts must prepare a request for an exception to the one percent cap. If the conditions for the exception are approved, then all progressing and attaining scores earned by students taking the Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA) will be counted as proficient in making determinations for school, district and state AYP.
K-8 districts must apply after ISAT testing is completed (March 18 for most districts). High school and K-12 districts must pply after the PSAE makeup test dates (May 11-12). The form is available at: http://www.isbe.net/spec-ed/PDF/1.0_percent_cap_form.pdf
Instructions are available at: http://www.isbe.net/spec-ed/PDF/1.0_percent_cap_instructions.pdf For additional information please contact Pearl Schneider at 217/782-5589 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
applications are due on or before
Agenda for ISBE Student Information
System pilot conference call,
1) IWAS Sign-up
2) Submission of Test Data to ISBE SIS
3) Submission of Live data to ISBE SIS (Initial Assignment of SIDs)
c) Live Data Returned – Date
4) ISBE SIS Pilot Training
5) Questions / Comments
Reading improvement block grant update
The Curriculum and Instruction Division is pleased to
introduce Laurie Lee, who began working at ISBE on
2005 Service Learning Conference
The Illinois State Board of Education’s Division of
Curriculum and Instruction will co-sponsor the Annual Illinois Service Learning
Service learning is an instructional method in which
students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully
organized volunteer service that is conducted in and meets the needs of
communities. Service-learning also can be used to effectively support program
implementation and many of the parent and community involvement goals of the No
Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (
This one day conference will be of interest to teachers, students, school board members, superintendents and local community leaders involved in school-based or community-based service learning, as well as others who want to learn more about this highly effective method for promoting academic learning and student civic engagement.
Featured speakers will include Illinois Lieutenant
Governor Pat Quinn, a passionate advocate for service learning and Illinois
Teacher of the Year Deborah Perryman, an environmental education teacher and
service learning expert from
The program will include general sessions, breakout sessions and student exhibits designed to celebrate the achievements of students, school staff and community partners and to promote continuing program improvement. Among the topics to be addressed will be:
Conference brochures will be distributed soon. The
registration fee of $60 for adults and $40 for students will include continental
breakfast, lunch and all conference materials. The program is scheduled from
to , with check-in and breakfast available at
The conference is again being coordinated for the State
Board by The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning, in
Advanced placement incentive program (APIP) RFP to be released
A list of eligible applicants can be found on pages 11-17 of the RFP. Please review the RFP prior to the webcast so that you are acquainted with the requirements and format. Questions can be e-mailed in advance or the day of the webcast, as well as after to email@example.com
Please note that eligible districts must serve grades 6-12 and have a 40 percent free or reduced lunch count. The intent of the RFP is to fund twenty-five (25) AP teams at $10,000 each.
Applications with original signatures are due to ISBE by
close of business on
The webcast will be broadcast from a link at http://www.isbe.net on March 21.
Invitation to comment on rules
At its February meeting, the State Board of Education released nine sets of proposed rules for public comment. The last eight of these items have now been posted on the agency’s website at www.isbe.net/rules choose “Proposed Rules and Amendments.” Please submit any comments or suggestions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for Public Comment:
Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision)
It has become apparent that, in at least one instance, access to a public early childhood education program has been denied to a child because of the child’s immigration status. The Governor’s Office and the State Board of Education were asked to intervene on behalf of the child’s family and ISBE has been directed to take action to prohibit denials of access such as this.
Free public education is guaranteed regardless of immigration status under the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1982 decision in Plyler v. Doe. The present amendment to Part 1 will make this protection explicit in the rules of the State Board of Education.
This set of amendments includes miscellaneous changes that are opportune at this time.
Section 25.11(f) is being revised with respect to the definition of “four years of teaching experience” so that an individual who is approaching the end of the fourth year and who is expected to complete that year in his or her current position will be able to apply for the standard certificate.
The slight revision in each of Sections 25.22, 25.32, 25.42 and 25.82 is technical in nature. Section 25.725 was recently repealed and its currently needed content was subsumed in Section 25.720, so these references need to be updated.
The addition of a new subsection (m) to Section 25.100 will create another exception to the general model for adding endorsements in the case of “technology specialist”. Since Section 25.100 was added last year, staff have found it very difficult to determine which coursework should be counted toward a major area of concentration relevant to this endorsement. Terminology in this area varies widely and it seems the more prudent course of action to require passage of the content-area test based on the applicable standards so as to ensure that candidates are prepared to perform the functions encompassed within the technology specialist’s area. Thus we are proposing that there be only one option available for adding this endorsement (passage of the test in conjunction with completion of 24 semester hours of coursework).
Section 25.115 is being revised to clarify that the “programs” under discussion in these rules are only those that prepare individuals for certification.
Section 25.125(d) discusses the review team that is involved in the on-site accreditation review. The requirement for ISBE team members and an ISBE co-chair on visits involving NCATE accreditation is being deleted. At the same time, the role of the ISBE consultant is being clarified, i.e., this individual does participate in the visit.
The procedure outlined in Section 25.160 has proven to
contain one unnecessary step that will be eliminated in this rulemaking. When
the State Teacher
The requirement that each candidate for a school
psychologist’s credential have completed a program accredited by the National
Association of School Psychologists (Section 25.235(a)) was widely applauded
during last year’s rulemaking on this subject but has since proven to create an
untenable situation. This rule precludes the establishment of any new approved
school psychology programs in
We have determined that the long-standing rule on lapsed certificates (Section 25.450) is unnecessarily stringent in terms of the timeframe within which individuals serving on reinstated certificates must complete the statutorily required five semester hours of college credit. The proposed revision would allow semester hours earned either during the certification year of reinstatement or during the five immediately preceding years to be counted for this purpose.
Part 51 (Dismissal of Tenured Teachers)
Part 52 (Dismissal of Tenured Teachers and Civil Service Employees Under Article 34)
The procedures for the dismissal of tenured teachers in
school districts outside of the City of
Where required by the School Code, distinctions have
been made within the rules to accommodate differences between the processes for
the City of
Under the new version of the rules, hearing officers for
hearings involving the City of
The proposed amendments to Part 51 are accompanied by the repeal of Part 52 in its entirety.
Part 145 (Temporary Relocation Expenses)
As a result of the general review of these rules, it has been determined that the process for repaying loan funds to the State Board can be simplified. Instead of requiring that districts submit to ISBE the proceeds of tax levies related to these expenses within 30 days after the proceeds are received, we believe it will be sufficient for each affected district to make one payment annually, consisting of all proceeds received to that point.
It is not necessary for the State Board to receive the entire total for a given calendar year at the end of that year. Therefore, to accommodate later receipts it seems a reasonable solution to move the collection date into the early part of the subsequent year and to provide explicitly that amounts not received by the annual payment date can be held by the affected districts until the next annual payment is due. In this way it will be clear that there is no penalty for a district whose levy proceeds arrive too late to be included in the relevant annual payment.
Part 155 (Electronic Transfer of Funds)
These proposed changes represent the results of the general review of this set of rules. In addition to general technical updating, the revisions include elimination of the option for certain participants to designate multiple bank accounts for the receipt of electronically transmitted funds. We have not found that many entities have used this option, perhaps because it entails time-consuming maintenance not only on ISBE’s part but also on the part of payees.
Part 475 (Contested Cases and Other Formal Hearings)
Part 480 (Hearings Before the State Teacher
Part 475 is being generally updated and also revised to
incorporate a number of provisions that are currently found Part 480 (Hearings
Before the State Teacher
Part 475 will now require evidentiary hearings that are
under the jurisdiction of the
Others of the amendments change timeframes for notices and responses in order to give the parties more time to prepare their material. Finally, the language of the rules is generally being brought into conformance with the requirements of the IAPA and current rulemaking style. The proposed amendments to Part 475 are accompanied by the proposed repeal of Part 480.
Notice of completed rulemaking
Please be advised that a rulemaking item recently adopted by the State Board of Education is now in effect. This set of rules has been posted on the agency’s web site at www.isbe.net/rules
choose “Rules Currently in Effect” and scroll to the relevant Part number. (If you print only the affected Sections, remember to include the table of contents for the Part, which changes every time the Part is amended.)
Access to information of the State Board of Education under the Freedom of Information Act (Part 5001)
Several of ISBE’s Freedom of Information Act rules were repeated verbatim from the text of the Act or are otherwise adequately addressed by statute. These sections were determined to be unnecessary and have been deleted. The procedures for providing public records and the procedures for providing access to materials incorporated by reference in administrative rules were consolidated into one Subpart. While the amendments have streamlined ISBE’s FOIA rules, they do not represent a substantive change in ISBE’s FOIA procedures.
Affected Sections: 5001.100, 5001.110, 5001.210, 5001.300, 5001.310, 5001.400, 5001.410, 5001.500, 5001.510, 5001.520 and 5001.600
To access highlights of this week’s news clips, please visit http://www.isbe.net/news/2005/newsclips/050318.htm