Good afternoon. This week, staff from the U.S.
Department of Education (USDE) visited
Other topics in this message include the following:
· Announcement of an April 2 education rally in front of the state capitol.
· A reminder that accuracy in reporting school enrollment is critically important because of NCLB accountability requirements
· A reminder that the Annual Financial Report verification deadline is April 15
· Notice of a change of address for returning instructional materials for students who are blind or visually impaired
· Announcement of the Teacher of the Year for 2003
April 2 Education Rally
State Board Chairman Ronald J. Gidwitz and I will speak at a rally for education funding to be held from to Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at the Lincoln statue in front of the state capitol.
The rally is being organized by David Welch of the Unity
for Our Community group in support of increased funding for public education in
Peer Review on the
Staff from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) plus
peer reviewers visited
Sen. del Valle addressed the USDE team about the
educational needs in his area as well as the bill that he is sponsoring to
I also spoke directly to educational needs and school improvement and addressed the need for acceptance of the Illini Plan (regarding the pace of school improvement towards the 100% goal of meeting and exceeding state standards in the 2013–2014 school year) by USDE.
The team review ended with the team making some broad
positive comments and identifying some items for improvement. Some of the items
will be discussed at the next Assessment and Accountability Task Force meeting
Accuracy Matters in Collecting Data for NCLB Accountability
District superintendents outside Chicago District 299 will soon receive forms to report enrollment for determining whether the schools are making adequate yearly progress (AYP). The superintendents will receive forms for district-level enrollment and forms to forward to principals for building-level enrollment.
District Demographic Sheets and School Demographic
Sheets will be sent to district offices in early April 2003 and must be returned
to our scoring contractor, NCS Pearson, for receipt no later
ACCURACY MATTERS – Reporting these enrollment counts accurately to NCS Pearson is absolutely essential, since these data will help determine whether schools and districts make AYP. The district is accountable for the accuracy of this information.
For the 2003 administration of the state tests, this enrollment information is being collected with scannable forms. For the 2004 administration, we are exploring the possibility of collecting this enrollment information online.
For more information, visit the Student Assessment Division Web site at http://www.isbe.net/assessment/2003Enroll.htm.
The 2002 Operating Expense Per
Pupil (OEPP)/Per Capita Tuition Charge (PCTC), Indirect Cost Rates (ICR), and
Financial Information Summary reports were mailed to all
district superintendents in February and March 2003. Superintendents need to
compare these reports to their district’s FY2002 Annual Financial Report and
verify their accuracy. The final deadline for any changes to these reports is
If you did not receive the reports or if you have questions, call Debbie Hemberger or Sally Cray in the School Business and Support Services Division at 217/785-8779, or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
of Address for Returning Materials to the Instructional
The Illinois State Board of Education, The Chicago
Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, and
Blind or Visually Impaired
312/997-3699 (direct line) or
312/666-1331 (general number)
Direct any questions to the above numbers.
Teacher of the Year