As I watch the statewide temperatures on the weather
every morning or evening, there’s no question that summer has arrived everywhere
It is that time of year when those educators whose
certificate registrations expire on
As we get through this week, there are a few things to remember to help avoid waiting in lines and on the telephone during this peak period:
Though certificate registration
expires on June 30, teachers and administrators need not have the registration
completed until the first day of school (unless they are working during the
summer). Waiting an extra few weeks until the initial peak period is over will
result in less waiting. All certificates are registered by fiscal year, so they
will show a
Certificates may be renewed online
by paying with a credit card without going into the Chicago
· The volume of telephone calls may mean that not everyone can get through immediately. Check with the ISBE web site first www.isbe.net/certification/default.htm to see if your question can be answered there or send an email to one of the addresses listed. Making multiple calls or sending multiple emails may slow the response because it adds to the overall volume of messages we have to process.
Keep cool; rest, relax and stay safe over the 4th; and have a great week.
Also included in today’s message:
Important notice concerning the grade 5 ISAT reading results
Because of a security breach involving one of the passages on the grade 5 ISAT reading test (passage 1), students’ responses to the extended-response and multiple-choice items associated with that passage were not used to calculate grade 5 ISAT reading results. In other words, grade 5 ISAT reading scores returned for individual students were calculated based on a test that was shorter than the one that students actually took. Because students’ responses to passage 1 items were not used to calculate grade 5 ISAT reading results, they did not impact AYP performance outcomes (either positively or negatively).
Passage 1 and its associated items were dropped so that no student, school or district would be treated unfairly because of this breach. The grade 5 ISAT reading results for students, schools, districts and the state were calculated based on students’ responses to items associated with the remaining grade 5 passages only.
On ISAT School and District Performance Profile reports, the section of Chart C that provides results for the extended-response item for reading passage 1 shows 0 percent for all score points (0 – 4). On the ISAT School Roster, all students show a score of 0 for reading passage 1. Despite the fact that zeroes appear on the School Roster, no student received a score of 0 for this extended-response item. In fact, all students received no score for this item.
Because of scheduling and programming constraints, it was not possible to show blanks instead of zeroes on Performance Profile and School Roster reports. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. If you have any questions, please call the Student Assessment Division at 217/782-4823 or Pearson Educational Measurement at 800-627-7990, extension 814.
The spring session of the 94th General Assembly came to a close on May 31. ISBE staff has prepared a list of all legislation the agency tracked during the past six months. To access this information please visit http://www.isbe.net/pdf/end_of_session.pdf
To review the full text for any piece of legislation, please visit www.ilga.gov. Using the left side of the page you can search for legislation by bill number. For a House Bill type in HB and the bill number (for example: HB 1) or for a Senate Bill, type in SB and the bill number (SB 1). The bill status for that particular legislation will come up. Click on “full text” to see the bill in its entirety.
For additional information, please contact ISBE’s Governmental Relations Division at 217-782-6510.
The State Board of Education has released 11 proposed repealers of sets of rules that regulate activities that have not been funded for a considerable period of time. These rules include:
Part 30 Staff Development Plans and Programs
Part 56 Insurance for Certificated Employees
Part 160 Professional Development Block Grant
Part 220 Scientific Literacy
Part 225 Alcohol and Drug Education Initiative
Part 230 Summer School for Remedial Education
Part 240 Alternative Learning Opportunities Program (Subpart B only (Alternative Learning Opportunities Program Grants))
Part 245 Urban Education Partnership Program
Part 250 Comprehensive Arts Programs
Part 360 Mathematics and Science Loan Program
Part 575 School Technology Program (Subpart A only (School Technology Grants)
At the same time, ISBE has proposed a new Part 500, Replacement of Required Rules. This new Part acknowledges that the underlying statutes require rulemaking on the part of the State Board and indicates that rules will be promulgated again if funding is restored in the future for any of the initiatives involved.
All these items have been posted on the agency’s web site 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:
Please be advised that one other rulemaking 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 months ago we amended Part 5001 to deleted unnecessary or redundant provisions. While those amendments streamlined ISBE’s FOIA rules, they were not meant to represent any substantive change in ISBE’s FOIA procedures. However, we have been advised that the consolidation of two existing provisions has created an unintended discrepancy with respect to the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act (IAPA).
Section 5-15(a)(2) of the IAPA provides that a request for copies of agency rules is not a FOIA request unless the requester designates it as such. In our recent amendments, however, we repealed Section 5001.600 (which dealt with the inspection of documents that are incorporated by reference into ISBE’s rules) and amplified Section 5001.500 (Inspection of Records) to include those materials. That change needs to be reversed so that the rules will conform to both applicable Acts by treating the incorporated materials separately.
The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules also requested minor technical revisions in Sections 5001.110 and 5001.210 that were overlooked in the previous amendments.
Under the IAPA, no public comment period is required before amendments to this set of rules can be adopted by the agency and placed into effect.
Affected Sections: 5001.110, 5001.210, 5001.500 and 5001.600
Please visit http://www.isbe.net/hr/pdf/VL05-16.pdf for the most recent job openings.
This week’s news clips can be reviewed at http://www.isbe.net/news/2005/newsclips/050624.htm