As we finish the 2005 student assessment period, we are all anticipating what the student and school achievement results will be for this year. I know that the hard work of teaching and learning is ongoing in your schools, and that students continue to progress and move forward. We also know that the target for making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) moves up in 2005, from 40% to 47.5%.
Are there other, more progressive ways to hold schools
and districts accountable than what is contained in the current Illinois Accountability
In an earlier bulletin I mentioned that we would be
working hard on this task. Over the
past several months we have lived up to that promise,
and I appreciate the work of an ad hoc group within
Once a final agreement is reached on these issues, staff
will prepare the final wording for the Illinois Workbook to be adopted by the
State Board. Once that wording is
approved, it will be posted on the agency’s
In next week’s opener I will share some of the information relative to the specific amendments that we will be seeking to make.
As a final note, on Thursday, April 7, I testified before the Senate Appropriations III Committee on behalf of its FY 2006 elementary and secondary education budget proposal. At that time a budget was outlined that would assume a $140 million increase to education spending as originally proposed in Governor Blagojevich's 2005 Budget Address. Should the agency be asked to outline a set of budget priorities given a $440 million total for FY 2006 education spending, we are prepared to do so. I hope this helps correct any confusion that may have surrounded this issue at the end of last week.
Have a great week!
Also included in today’s message:
1. School Improvement Plans due May 1
2. Early Childhood Block Grant continuation applications electronic
3. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Practices - Survey
4. IAASE receives international recognition
6. "National Imagine a Technology Blackout Day"
7. Weekly news clips
School Improvement Plans due May 1
SIPs that have been approved by their local boards may
be submitted now. SIPs must be
submitted no later than
All schools on Academic Watch are listed at www.isbe.net/research/Default.htm.
If you have any questions concerning the School Plans, please contact the Division of Federal Grants and Programs at 217/524-4832.
Please send the SIPs to the Illinois State Board of Education, attention Ms. Jeanie Ward, Division of Federal Grants and Programs, 100 North First, N-242, Springfield, IL 62777.
Early Childhood Block Grant continuation applications electronic
Continuation applications now available
The Illinois State Board of Education is offering the continuing applications for the Early Childhood Block Grant (ECBG) through the Electronic Grant Management System (eGMS) for school year 2005-2006 (FY06). All Early Childhood Block Grant programs funded in FY05 will apply online for their FY06 continuation grant funds.
applications are available online beginning
FY06 will be the second year for eGMS. During the 2005-2006 school year
districts applied for five
1. Improved communication between grant administrators and applicants
2. Reduced paperwork
3. Improved data quality
4. Automated math operations
5. Access to grant status information
6. Electronic notification to recipients upon grant approval
7. Improved turnaround time for approval of applications and amendments
8. Online instructions
Like the electronic expenditure reports currently submitted by ECBG recipients, access to online applications in eGMS is through the State Board’s Web Application Security System (IWAS). Applicants will need to make sure that their approval groups are properly assigned through IWAS in order to access the appropriate ECBG application(s) in eGMS. Two ECBG continuation grant applications will be available – a birth to three application and a three to five application. Applicants will complete both applications if they are authorized to offer programs for birth to three . Grant funds will be preloaded in the eGMS system and will appear on the Budget Detail page of each application.
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Practices - Survey 1
To better serve
The ISBE will collect data electronically through the ISBE Web Application Security (IWAS) System. After logging into IWAS, users can access the survey through the System Listing. You will find “SEL Practices - Survey 1” under “Surveys.”
Thank you in advance for participating in these surveys. If you have any questions on the survey, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IAASE receives international recognition
The Illinois Alliance of Administrators of Special
Education was awarded the Exemplary Unit Award from the Council of
Administrators of Special Education (CASE). CASE is a division of the Council for
Exceptional Children. The award was
announced at the CASE membership meeting on
The Illinois State
Board of Education, in cooperation with the Gilder Lehrman Institute for
American History, announces the second annual
The History Teacher of the Year Award
honors one exceptional K-12 teacher of American history from each state and
Nominations for the state competition must be received
by the Illinois State
Board of Education by
For information please go to http://www.isbe.net/teachers.htm.
"National Imagine a Technology Blackout Day"
The State Educational Technology
Thousands of teachers, students, and parents will participate in the event to analyze and share the impact that technology has on closing the achievement gap, enhancing accountability, and increasing teacher quality – not to mention providing students with a 21st century learning environment.
From now until
By imaging one full day without technology, participants will begin to realize the vast potential that technology offers in the field of education and the absolute need for our nation’s students to leave high school with strong technology skills, regardless of their career choice!
Additional information as well as free lessons and activities for elementary, middle and high school students to address state standards in social studies, language arts and technology, are available at http://www.technologyblackoutday.com
Weekly news clips
News clips may be accessed at http://www.isbe.net/news/2005/newsclips/050408.htm.