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April

April 2, 2014 -- Illinois among five states selected to work with CEEDAR Center
Outcome will lead to improved preparation systems for teachers and leaders serving students with disabilities
A panel of education experts selected Illinois as one of five states to work with a national center to better prepare educators to serve Illinois public school students with disabilities and ensure those students are ready to succeed in college and the workforce.

March

March 20, 2014 -- Illinois students participate in pilot tests to prepare for new assessments tied to states’ more challenging learning standards
Students in nearly half of Illinois schools will participate this spring in a limited amount of field testing to prepare for next year’s new, more rigorous assessment system
Students in Illinois schools will take a practice test this spring that will help them become familiar with next year’s line of new assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics and provide state policy makers and educators with valuable feedback before the tests are finalized.

March 20, 2014 -- Students honored during the 32nd annual Illinois Arts Education Week
Poster contest winners recognized at Governor’s Mansion in Springfield
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) honored student winners of the statewide arts education poster contest today at the Governor’s Mansion. The contest is a highlight of the 32nd annual Illinois Arts Education Week, which runs March 17-23 to celebrate and highlight the importance of the fine arts.

March 17, 2014 -- School Environment Matters: State Board of Education administers second Illinois 5Essentials Survey to help improve student learning
Students, parents and teachers weigh in on school climate and learning conditions
Many sixth through 12th grade students and teachers across the state will once again have the opportunity to provide feedback on their schools’ learning conditions and climate through a state survey that aims to help drive improvement planning and paint a fuller picture of the nearly 4,000 public schools in Illinois. Results from this year’s survey will be posted on the State School Report Card which is released each fall.

March 12, 2014 -- 2014 Financial Profile shows drop in state’s overall average score with more school districts earning lowest financial ranking
ISBE analysis reflects one third of students in state are in schools in poor financial health
Statewide data shows that Illinois public school districts are continuing to struggle financially with 532 districts – or nearly 62 percent – deficit spending, using their reserves or borrowing, this year compared to 32.5 percent in 2008.

March 10, 2014 -- School District Leaders Participate in Innovative Improvement Program
Program emphasizes collaboration and peer feedback during a concentrated time span
A group of Illinois school district leaders, from Rockford to Mounds, are piloting a collaborative improvement process that aims to better prepare students for success in college and careers.

March 6, 2014 -- Illinois Green School Award Recipients Announced
Two schools and a district receive state recognition for their conservation efforts
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Thursday announced the state’s three winners of the Illinois Green School Award program. The program recognizes schools that save energy, reduce costs, protect student and staff health and wellness, and offer environmental education.

February

February 11, 2014 -- Illinois closes equity gap for Latino students on AP exams
Percentage of Latino test takers exceeds percentage of Latino graduates overall as record number of Illinois students takes exams and excel; Leyden High School District 212 recognized for expanding access to AP courses and improving performance
Illinois is emerging as a national leader in closing the equity gap for Latino as well as low-income Advanced Placement test takers, providing additional access to college for these traditionally underserved populations, according to the 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation.

January

January 31, 2014 -- Illinois State Board of Education seeks sponsors/sites for summer food programs
Programs ensure low-income students are well-fed when school is out
Though the thermostat says otherwise, summer will be here soon and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) wants to make sure every child has access to nutritious meals during the break from school. School districts, local government entities and non-profits are encouraged to become a summer food site sponsor and/or site to provide free, healthy meals and snacks to low-income children.

January 23, 2014 -- ISBE calls for State to shift focus toward economic growth in FY15 Budget; Priority needs to be on investing in tomorrow’s workforce
Calls for emergency relief for disaster-stricken districts, increases for closing achievement gaps, supporting bilingual education
The Illinois State Board of Education today called on lawmakers and the Governor to invest in students and the state’s economic future by changing their budgeting focus to increase the state’s share of funding for education.

January 9, 2014 -- ISBE names 22 school districts to receive funds from School Technology Revolving Loan Program
Low-interest loans to boost technology in schools across the state
The Illinois State Board of Education today announced the selection of 22 school districts from across Illinois to receive more than $3.5 million from the School Technology Revolving Loan Program. The low-interest loans allow schools to use technology for classroom instruction and staff development.

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