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December

December 17, 2010 -- Illinois State Board of Education encourages students to have fun with science over winter break
Parents can help their children succeed in science
The Illinois State Board of Education is suggesting families hone their science skills during winter break to help students maintain academic gains made so far this school year.

December15, 2010 -- Illinois third in nation for number of new teachers achieving highest teaching credentials
Fifth year in a row Illinois attains national ranking
The State Board of Education announced today that Illinois ranks third nationally for the number of teachers who achieved National Board Certification in 2010 and ranks sixth in the nation for the cumulative total of teachers who have earned this professional milestone.

November

November 29, 2010 -- ISBE extends deadline in its efforts to reach former students of New Horizons Computer Learning Center
Agency believes students may be located in Champaign, Normal, Peoria and Springfield
The Illinois State Board of Education is searching for individuals who were enrolled in New Horizons Computer Learning Center at the time of its closure. Students may be entitled to a partial tuition refund.

November 29, 2010 -- Chicago third grade teacher receives national recognition
Ryerson Elementary teacher selected for Milken National Educator Award
The Illinois State Board of Education and the Milken Family Foundation announced today Chicago Public Schools Teacher Dexter Chaney has been chosen as the Illinois recipient of the Milken National Educator Award.

November 24, 2010 -- Illinois state school chief selected to lead national organization of state superintendents
Superintendent Koch named president of the Council of Chief State School Officers
State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch has been named president of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

November 23, 2010 -- Illinois State Board of Education holds Final FY 2012 Budget Hearing in Champaign
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will host its final public hearing on the FY 2012 Budget at 4 p.m. Tuesday, November 30 at the Champaign Public Library in Champaign.

November 21, 2010 -- Burr Ridge School Board President named recipient of the 2010 Thomas Lay Burroughs Award
Illinois State Board of Education honors 7-year district school board member
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) presented Paula Dupont, president of the Burr Ridge School Board with the 2010 Burroughs Award Sunday during an annual state education conference in Chicago.

November 15, 2010 -- School breakfast starts the day off right
Participation in school breakfast programs increased by more than 25 percent since 2006, and more than 15 percent alone last school year.

November 10, 2010 -- Illinois State Board of Education holds FY 2012 Budget Hearing in DeKalb
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is hosting a public hearing on the FY 2012 Budget at 4 p.m. Monday, November 15 at the DeKalb County Regional Office of Education in DeKalb.

November 4, 2010 -- Illinois State Board of Education holds FY 2012 Budget Hearing in Belleville
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is hosting a public hearing on the FY 2012 Budget at 3 p.m. Monday, November 8 at the St. Clair County Regional Office of Education in Belleville.

November 4, 2010 -- ISBE names 15 outstanding students to Student Advisory Council
High school students to study impact of physical education on students and school budgets
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that 15 outstanding high school students from across Illinois have been selected to represent their peers on the ISBE Student Advisory Council for 2010-2011.

November 3, 2010 -- Illinois State Board of Education holds FY 2012 Budget Hearing in Mundelein
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is hosting a public hearing on the FY 2012 Budget at 5 p.m. Wednesday, November 3 in Mundelein. The hearing is the third of six budget hearings the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee is convening this fall around the state.

October

October 29, 2010 -- Illinois students continue to make steady progress on state tests
Despite student improvement, fewer schools and districts making AYP as NCLB performance targets continue to increase
211 schools and 56 districts beat the odds to make AYP this year, despite missing the target last year

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that students are showing incremental improvement on tests administered by the state and that 211 schools and 56 districts made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) this year that did not make it last year.

October 25, 2010 -- Illinois State Board of Education holds FY 2012 Budget Hearing in Springfield
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is hosting a public hearing on the FY 2012 Budget at 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 27 at the agency headquarters in Springfield. The hearing is the second of six budget hearings the Board’s Finance and Audit Committee is convening this fall around the state.

October 17, 2010 -- Alton High School teacher named 2011 Illinois Teacher of the Year
Alton High School English and Journalism Teacher Annice Brave has been named the Illinois Teacher of the Year. Brave was chosen from eight finalists and was among more than 150 educators from across Illinois who were honored as part of the state’s recognition program for teachers, administrators and school personnel.

October 15, 2010 -- Illinois State Board of Education holds FY 2012 Budget Hearing in Chicago
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is hosting a public hearing on the FY 2012 Budget at 1 p.m. Monday, October 18 at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. The hearing is the first of six budget hearings the Board’s Finance and Audit committee is convening this fall around the state.

October 5, 2010 -- ISBE to recognize more than 150 educators for their contributions and commitment to public education
Those Who Excel Program will honor educators and communities for their service to Illinois students
The Illinois State Board of Education will honor more than 150 educators and community members for their outstanding service to students across the state at the 36th annual Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year banquet.

October 4, 2010 -- Illinois State Board of Education begins budget development for FY 2012
The Illinois State Board of Education is launching a series of public budget hearings as it prepares its Fiscal Year 2012 education budget recommendation for the Governor and General Assembly. The series will begin with a 2 p.m. hearing Monday, Oct. 18 in room 16-503 at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago that will be followed by five public forums across the state.

October 1, 2010 -- Illinois State Board of Education Announces the Child and Adult Care Food Program
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today announced the availability of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The CACFP is a federally funded program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is administered by ISBE.

September

September 21, 2010 -- State testing trends show overall improvement
Statewide averages increase or hold steady on all tests

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released statewide test results today that show Illinois elementary school students continue to make progress, while scores for high school students on state tests remain unchanged. ISBE released the state averages for the 2010 tests, which were given to students in grades 3-8 and 11 this past spring. The overall average for all state tests increased slightly from 75.5 in 2009 to 76.4 in 2010.

September 20, 2010 -- State Hosts First Joint Agency Summit to Promote Intergenerational School Programs
Summit aims to get older adults in classrooms to improve student success & promote healthy lifestyles

The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department on Aging today are co-hosting the first Illinois Summit on Aging and Education to highlight the best intergenerational practices designed to improve student performance, increase graduation rates, and promote healthy lifestyles.

September 17, 2010 -- ISBE Selects Eight Finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year
2010-2011 Illinois Teacher of the Year to be announced in October

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today the names of eight finalists for the 2010-2011 Illinois Teacher of the Year. The finalists, representing schools across the state, are selected from nominees through ISBE’s ‘Those Who Excel’ educator recognition program.

September 1, 2010 -- Schools Promote Healthy Eating Habits Through Federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
Schools statewide receive a total of $3.3 million to increase fruit & vegetable offerings; More students have access to healthy eating choices

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today that 188 schools in Illinois will participate in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) during the 2010-11 school year.

August

August 25, 2010 -- Parental Engagement in School Makes a Difference
State Board urges families to get involved in students’ academic life during new school year

The Illinois State Board of Education is encouraging parents to volunteer in their children’s schools and monitor students’ academic progress as schools around the state open their doors for the start of a new year.

August 18, 2010 -- Illinois ACT score is head of the class for states that test at least 90 percent of students
Class of 2010: Most Illinois students in history take ACT

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today announced the Graduating Class of 2010’s composite ACT score is the highest of the eight states that test 90 percent or more of their students.

August 13, 2010 -- Illinois State Board of Education, Nutrition Programs Division Announces the Availability of the School-Based Child Nutrition Programs
In conjuction with renewing institutions, the Illinois State Board of Education, Nutrition Programs Division, announces the availability of the School-Based Child Nutrition Programs including the United States Department of Agriculture federally funded National School Lunch (NSLP), School Breakfast (SBP) and Special Milk (SMP) Programs.

July

July 28, 2010 -- State education and health agencies remind parents to get children vaccinated before starting school
August is National Immunization Awareness Month

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are reminding parents to be sure their children’s immunizations are up-to-date as more than two million Illinois students head back to the classroom in August.

June

June 24, 2010 -- Illinois State Board of Education adopts new, more rigorous learning standards to better prepare students for college and the workforce
Coalition of U.S. states drives initiative to establish fewer, clearer and higher education standards in mathematics and English-language arts
The Illinois State Board of Education today adopted a revised set of learning standards for K-12 education to better prepare Illinois students for success in college and careers. A state-led coalition committed to academic rigor and success in the global economy developed the new standards.

June 9, 2010 -- State Board Awards Nearly $1 Million to Improve School Cafeterias
Funds distributed among schools that serve low-income students
The Illinois State Board of Education today announced the agency has awarded nearly $1 million in federal funds to improve cafeterias in some of Illinois’ neediest schools.

June 2, 2010 -- National Governors Association And State Education Chiefs Launch Common State Academic Standards
Robust standards drafted by teachers, content experts, and leading researchers are the cornerstone of a state led effort to turn our nation’s schools around.
Today, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released a set of state-led education standards, the Common Core State Standards, at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA.

May

May 25, 2010 -- State officials team up to promote summer reading and `Find a Book’ search tool
Governor Quinn, Secretary White and State Superintendent Koch urge parents to get kids reading
Governor Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White and State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch are urging educators and families to help students retain and develop academic skills by reading during summer vacation.

May 20, 2010 - Illinois students help spread Internet safety message
Attorney General Madigan and State Superintendent Koch name best poster and digital projects promoting online safety
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Thursday recognized the student winners of the first statewide Internet safety contest to raise awareness about potential dangers associated with Internet usage and prevent the misuse of technology.

May 11, 2010 --Illinois State Board of Education promotes Arts and Foreign Language Program
State agency sponsors information sessions across state
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will hold several information sessions throughout the state about funding for public schools through the Arts and Foreign Language Program (AFL), a joint project of the Illinois Arts Council and ISBE.

May 7, 2010 --Illinois State Board of Education changes May meeting
The Illinois State Board of Education’s May meeting, originally scheduled for May 19-20, will be held Thursday and Friday, May 20-21, in Springfield.

May 6, 2010 -- IIllinois Students create digital archive of World War II experiences
Documentaries showcase our nation’s 'Greatest Generation'
Students from across the state were recognized Thursday for the digital documentaries they produced featuring World War II veterans. The documentaries, showcased Thursday at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) offices in Springfield, were made through a project funded by the World War II Illinois Veterans Memorial Board with support from ISBE.

April

April 29, 2010 -- ISBE seeking applicants for Student Advisory Council
Students get first-hand look at state educational policy and programs
The Illinois State Board of Education is accepting applications for the Student Advisory Council for the 2010-11 school year. There are eight openings for sophomores, juniors and seniors on the 15-member council.

April 9, 2010 -- Illinois celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Prekindergarten Program for at-risk children
Pre-K Legislation passed in 1985 has since served more than 800,000 at-risk children in Illinois
The Illinois State Board of Education recognizes the 25th anniversary of legislation that established the state’s Prekindergarten Program for Children at Risk of Academic Failure.

April 7, 2010 -- ISBE awards $10 million to schools for technology upgrades
Fifteen school districts to update technology through federal stimulus dollars
The Illinois State Board of Education announced today it will distribute $10 million in recovery funds toward enhancing student achievement in literacy and mathematics with the use of one-to-one technology such as laptops, computer notebooks and iPod touches.

April 5, 2010 -- Illinois State Board of Education revises 2010 meeting schedule
The Illinois State Board of Education has announced changes to its meetings schedule for 2010.

March

March 30, 2010 -- Illinois State Board of Education announces Summer Food Service Program Hearing
The Illinois State Board of Education announced today that a public hearing will be held on Thursday, April 1, 2010 in Springfield, Illinois for the appeal of the petition from the Community Consolidated School District 21 to opt out of the Summer Food Service Program requirements outlined in Public Act 096-0734.

March 24, 2010 -- Tough economic times take toll on Illinois School Districts
ISBE using revised data to avoid penalizing districts for late payments from the state
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released its annual financial profile of the state’s public schools using revised data that takes into account that the state is behind in payments to school districts.

March 18, 2010 -- Students celebrate big dreams during the 28th Annual Arts Education Week
Poster contest winners honored at Governor’s Mansion in Springfield
Student winners of the statewide arts education poster contest will be honored at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Governor’s Mansion, a highlight of the 28th annual Illinois Arts Education Week that runs March 15 through the 21st and celebrates the importance of the fine arts.

March 4, 2010 -- Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Named ‘Race to the Top’ Finalist
New Laws, Policies Propel State to Next Phase of Competition
Governor Pat Quinn today announced that Illinois is one of 16 finalists in the U.S. Department of Education’s ‘Race to the Top’ grant program.

February

February 23, 2010 -- Nearly 1,000 schools recognized for academic excellence on 2009 Illinois Honor Roll
Annual list shows continued academic achievement; Number of consistently high-performing schools increased to 438 in past year
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) announced today that 975 schools made the Illinois Honor Roll for their continued academic progress.

February 10, 2010 -- Record number of Illinois students take AP exams
Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School ranks top in nation for number of African American Students succeeding on AP Exam
The Illinois State Board of Education today announced a record number of Illinois students took AP exams in 2009, according to the sixth annual AP Report to the Nation.

February 2, 2010 -- Illinois targets struggling schools with new 'Partnership Zones'
Illinois partners with Mass Insight and five other states in public-private initiative to improve lowest-performing schools
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced today it will participate in a three-year, $75-million public-private partnership with five other states to develop long-term reform strategies for their lowest-performing schools.

January

January 29, 2010 -- State Superintendent honored for collaborative efforts to build student data system
Superintendent and three other Illinois leaders named `State Policymakers of the Years’
State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch was honored by the Data Quality Campaign today for his work toward ensuring the state builds a pre-k through college data system to better prepare students for success after graduation.

January 25, 2010 -- Illinois State Board Member Chosen to Serve on National Panel PDF File
to Make Policy Recommendations on Federal Education Legislation
Arlington, VA – The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is pleased to announce that Jesse Ruiz of Chicago, IL, who is Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, has been chosen to serve on the NASBE Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC), the entity responsible for developing federal policy recommendations and communicating with Congress and federal officials about the education reform priorities of state boards of education.

January 22, 2010 -- State Board Member Chris Ward to Serve on National Task Force PDF File
on State Actions to Develop Educators for the 21st Century
Arlington, VA – The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is pleased to announce that Dr. Chris Ward a member of the Illinois State Board of Education, has been selected to serve on a year-long NASBE study group—Developing Educators for the 21st Century— to examine the skills and knowledge required to teach and lead 21st century schools and administer districts.

January 22, 2010 -- Vinni Hall Chosen to Serve on National Task Force PDF File
to Issue Recommendations on the Structure of Schools for Learning in the 21st Century
Arlington, VA – The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is pleased to announce that Vinni Hall, a member and secretary of the Illinois State Board of Education, has been selected to serve on a year-long NASBE study group—The Structure of Schools: Time and Technology in 21st Century Learning— to examine the core principles and design elements required to develop and scale 21st century innovative learning environments.

January 14, 2010 -- State Board focuses on core agency mission by reallocating funds to maintain foundation level
Board recommends level funding to maintain foundation level at $6,119
The Illinois State Board of Education today recommended a Fiscal Year 2011 budget to the Governor and General Assembly that maintains level funding.

January 12, 2010 -- Suburban Chicago Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program
Students go to Washington, D.C. in March and will receive $5,000 Scholarship
The Illinois State Board of Education joins Senators Richard J. Durbin and Roland W. Burris in congratulating two Chicago suburban high school students who have been selected as delegates to the 48th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) in Washington, D.C. this spring.

January 7, 2010-- Illinois State Board of Education 2010 Meeting Schedule
The Illinois State Board of Education has announced the following meetings for 2010.