Illinois

IL Officials, Experts Take Different Views of School Improvement 

In Chalkbeat Chicago, Yana Kunichoff shares that even as state education officials “publicly lauded their new school rating system” last week, the Promise to Practice peer reviewers “criticized Illinois’ approach as too hands-off.” While the state “developed a clear rating system as the federal government...

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Underperforming Schools Identified in IL

Dusty Rhodes writes for Tri-States Public Radio that, last week, the Illinois State Board of Education “unveiled a new labeling system for schools” and identified “roughly 550 Illinois schools now being tagged ‘under-performing,’ and another 200 called ‘lowest performing.’” The agency developed these descriptions under...

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SAT vs. ACT Under ESSA

Elaine Chen reports for Chalkbeat that in a “fight between two giant standardized test providers, the SAT again has won a multi-million-dollar contract for Illinois’ high-school tests—and the also-ran ACT is filing a protest with the Illinois State Board of Education.” The state is not...

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Local Officials Gathering Public Input on ESSA in Illinois

This week, a local school district in the Chicago suburbs held a public community engagement forum “looking for input on what should appear on Illinois School Report cards,” which was “necessitated by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.” These report cards “are annual reports outlining...

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Changes Ahead for Illinois

Under ESSA, Illinois, “school quality will be measured through standardized tests, alternative assessments, academic growth, English language proficiency, science scores, success on college entrance tests, and graduation rates, as well as factors such as chronic absenteeism and school climate surveys.”

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State Plan Submissions and Drafts

Approved State Plans Alabama: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Alaska: Final Plan Approved (5/16/18) Arizona: Final Plan Approved (9/6/17) Arkansas: Final Plan Approved (1/16/18) Colorado: Final Plan Approved (5/7/18) Connecticut: Final Plan Approved (8/15/17) Delaware: Final Plan Approved (8/2/17) District of Columbia: Final Plan Approved (8/28/17) Georgia:...

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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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