Proposed Amendments to Part 1 (Public Schools Evaluation, Recognition and Supervision) (Updated 10/23/13)
Science Standards. Illinois is realigning the state's educational system around college and career readiness. To this end, the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will provide standards for kindergarten and grades 1 through 12 that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for mathematics and English language arts that are already incorporated as part of the Illinois Learning Standards (ILS). NGSS are based on the assumption that the learning expectations will adequately prepare students for college or a career after high school. NGSS also include information regarding their application for English language learners and students with disabilities. Additionally, it is anticipated that implementation of these standards will provide opportunities for agency staff to share experiences and best practices within Illinois and across other participating states.
Enhanced Physical Education Standards. P.A. 97-1102, effective August 27, 2013, established the Illinois Enhance Physical Education Task Force, which, among its charges, was to update the ILS for Physical Development and Health "based on research in neuroscience that impacts the relationship between physical activity and learning". As a result, the task force recommended the addition of two new standards and revisions to several others. In proposing the revisions, the task force relied on existing research in neuroscience and national standards for health education. The standards represent a beginning for districts to recalibrate their physical education programs to increase the amount of time that students spend in moderate and vigorous activity and change the focus from "athletics to physical fitness", so that physical education and activity can benefit students at all fitness levels.
Other Proposed Modifications. P.A. 97-1025, effective January 1, 2013, amended Section 2-3.25g of the School Code relative to requirements for school districts' requesting a waiver from agency rules to enter into a contract to provide driver’s education through a commercial driving school. The law also added additional requirements concerning the notices that districts must post regarding public hearings held to take testimony about any type of waiver request. References to both these new requirements are being made in Section 1.100 of the rules.
Section 1.320 is being amended to acknowledge that school districts that are implementing performance evaluation plans for teachers and principals must execute a signed assurance – and make that assurance available upon request to the State Board – indicating whether the evaluation system aligns to the state model for teacher or principal evaluations, as applicable, or a locally determined evaluation system that aligns to the requirements of Article 24A of the School Code or Part 50, the agency's rules for the evaluation of certified employees. This change is being proposed as a result of discussions with the U.S. Department of Education concerning the agency's review and monitoring of performance evaluation plans, as part of the state's request for a waiver.
Proposed new Section 1.520 clarifies existing requirements related to the provision of instruction for hospitalized and homebound general education students and the receipt of personnel reimbursement under Section 14-13.01 of the School Code for these services. These requirements now are stated in Part 226 (Special Education). While the provisions in Part 226 apply to both students with disabilities who receive home or hospital instruction, as well as to general education students, their placement in rules governing special education generated confusion for or were overlooked by school districts that were providing home or hospital services for general education students. As proposed, Section 1.520 will differ from the requirements in Part 226 in that districts will be able to use an individual holding only a substitute teaching license to deliver instruction, provided that that person is under the supervision of a licensed teacher. In these situations, however, districts may not claim reimbursement for substitute teachers, as they are not considered to be fully "licensed" for the position.The remaining proposed changes are primarily technical in nature, in that they address modifications necessitated by the agency's new licensure system and other outdated provisions.
Initial Review by State Board of Education: September 2013