| For Immediate Release
September 24, 2004
State Superintendent Schiller Resigns
Springfield, Ill. State Superintendent of Education
Robert Schiller submitted his resignation today. On Monday
(9/20) the Board accepted his request for a paid leave
of absence and appointed Dr. Randy J. Dunn as Interim
Schillers resignation cited ongoing personal challenges.
We wish Dr. Schiller all the best. He came to the
agency during a challenging time and we appreciate all
of his hard work, said Board Chairman Jesse Ruiz.
Schiller was appointed State Superintendent in August
2002 with a three-year contract. That contract would have
expired July 31, 2005.
During Schillers tenure, he worked to implement
the requirements of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
Illinois plan received an "A-" grade for
the Accountability, Assessments and Standards in Education
Week's Quality Counts annual report. Illinois increased
from a B- in 2002 to A- in (2003).
For five consecutive years the Math scores at all grade
levels increased. Illinois tests 100% of high school juniors
through the ACT tests. Scores have increased each year
(20.3 composite in 2004)); 73,000 AP exams taken with
average score 3.29 (above national average is 2.95).