Illinois

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. Submitted Plans   Arizona: Submitted Plan (5/1/17) Colorado: Submitted...

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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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IL State Superintendent Discusses Federal Role in ESSA

In an opinion piece published by US News & World Report, Illinois State Superintendent Tony Smith writes that federal “micromanagement should be cast aside” in order for ESSA to be implemented as Congress intended. Smith calls for schools to be held accountable, and for state...

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IL State Board Begins Second State Tour

Staff from the Illinois State Board of Education visited Bloomington Junior High School last week to begin its second state tour. The state Board focused its visit on sharing the first draft of its state plan and receiving feedback from communities. The final plan will...

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