Illinois

Dept. of Ed Issues Feedback to DC and IL

The Dept. of Education issued feedback on Washington D.C.’s and Illinois’ ESSA plans. The department commented that D.C. “cannot use tests like the SAT and ACT in its academic achievement indicators,” and “did not clearly describe its measure for differentiating school performance.” Illinois also has...

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IL Education Officials Concerned Proposed Goals are Unattainable

Illinois’ ESSA accountably plan is proposing 90% of students would pass state administered reading and math exams by 2032. Local education officials are concerned that the proficiency goal will be “unattainable.” Wilmette School District 39 Superintendent Raymond Lechner argued against the high goals, “Definitely, some...

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Thomas B. Fordham Institute Raises Concerns over IL’s ESSA Plan

In an opinion piece, Michael J. Petrilli and Brandon L. Wright of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute raised concerns over Illinois’ proposed ESSA plan. Petrilli and Wright argued that the state’s plan is a “significant improvement on the state’s previous framework,” but “doesn’t do enough...

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Since April 3, a number of states have submitted their ESSA implementation plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education. Here’s a compiled list of the state plan submissions and the most recent draft versions states have released so far. Approved Plans Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) Nevada: Final...

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IL State Board Approves ESSA Plan

The Illinois State Board of Education unanimously agreed to submit the state’s ESSA draft implementation plan to the Dept. of Education. According to Chicago Tonight, Board of Education spokeswoman Jackie Matthews commented “ISBE still has work to do to prepare the plan for the strongest...

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IL State Board Hosts Town Hall

The Illinois State Board of Education hosted a town hall for teachers, principals, and administrators to comment on the state’s draft ESSA plan. Attendees inquired about accountability models, teacher retention, and policy.

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IL State Board to Host Third Listening Tour

The Illinois Board of Education will be hosting a third “statewide listening tour” to gather feedback on the second draft of Illinois’ ESSA state plan, which was released this week. In addition to the tour, stakeholders can submit comments to the department’s webpage. All comments...

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District Leaders Concerned about State Plan Details

Coverage in the Belleville News-Democrat reports that education leaders in some districts are concerned about details in the “Illinois College and Career Ready Indicator Framework” section of the state’s plan. “I think it’s a good start and we just need to provide some feedback,” said...

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