Illinois

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 Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Connecticut:...

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IL Passes New School Funding Formula

Northern Public Radio reports that the “Illinois legislature passed a new school funding formula this summer,” in addition to the state’s plan to conform to ESSA, which they “must bring on line as well.” State Superintendent Tony Smith says, “So we’ve got two events. The...

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IL Begins ESSA Implementation

With Illinois’ ESSA plan accepted, “changes are already in the works in classrooms across the state.” The plan would mandate that “at least 90 percent of the state’s third graders reading at or above grade level, 9 out of 10 fifth graders at or above grade...

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Dept. of Ed Approves 4 State ESSA Plans

The Dept. of Education approved four state ESSA plans – the District of Columbia, Illinois, Oregon, and Tennessee. “As more and more state plans come under the department’s review, I am heartened to see how states have embraced the spirit of flexibility under ESSA to...

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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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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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