The leading item in this message addresses the consequences of the Governor’s proposed budget as it affects a number of state grant programs.
Certification continues to be a concern as teachers and administrators work to comply with the No Child Left Behind Act. Items regarding certification covered include the following announcements:
· Additional information about obtaining subsequent certificates
· Illinois National Board candidate subsidy application now online
· Professional Development – An ISBE resource for Illinois Master Certificate teachers, teachers seeking National Board certification, and administrators
This has been a busy week for high schools, where grade 11 students took the Prairie State Achievement Examination on Wednesday and Thursday. ISAT testing is also completed, and this message contains follow-up information regarding scoring of grade 8 reading tests.
Note: The April meeting of the State Board will be a one-day meeting on April 30. Further meeting information is included at the end of this message.
Funding for State Grants Eliminated or Transferred in the Governor’s FY04 Budget
Because of the uncertain future of these programs, work on these programs for FY04 is being suspended until further notification from the Illinois State Board of Education. This information is to assist you in planning for future services funded by these programs in your school. Whatever happens to these programs in FY04, it is essential that you fulfill all requirements of these grants received in FY03.
If you have any questions, contact David Wood at 217/557-1485 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Technology for Success (CMS) School Safety and Improvement BG
Career and Technical Education (ICCB)
Agriculture Education (Agriculture) Truant Alternative Optional
Regional Supt. of Education
Emergency Financial Assistance
Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention
Community Residential Services Authority
Mentoring and Induction for Administrators
American Education Institute
Middle Level Education
Additional Information about Obtaining Subsequent Certificates
Last week’s message provided updated information on the
requirements for teachers with a valid
Any teacher who signed up to take a subject
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· The State Board will honor, for up to three years, deficiency statements that are issued to individuals who apply for an additional or subsequent certificate before the current transcript review provisions expire (see dates in the April 18 Weekly Message or on the Web at http://www.isbe.net/teachers/reqsubcert.htm).
Teachers who have applied for National Board certification may apply for the ISBE candidate subsidy online. The ISBE application is available at https://sec1.isbe.net/nbpts.
In addition to the application, a new chart provides a one-page
reference that lists the NBPTS certificates and corresponding
Teachers seeking National Board certification will also find
information on how to receive technical assistance with their applications and
preparations for the National Board assessments on the ISBE Web site at http://www.isbe.net/profprep/nbpts.htm.
The site includes lists of state coordinators and mentors, information on local
school district incentives, special instructions for
Professional Development – An ISBE Resource for Illinois Master Certificate Teachers, Teachers Seeking National Board Certification, and Administrators
The ISBE Web site (http://www.isbe.net/profprep/nbpts.htm) has been updated to assist certified Illinois Master Certificate teachers, teacher candidates involved in the National Board certification process, teachers who wish to submit an application for a candidate subsidy, and school administrators.
Administrators and Master Certified teachers will be interested in the Illinois Teaching Excellence Program that provides an annual stipend of $3,000 to teachers who achieve a Master Certificate, as well as payment for mentoring and professional development services to classroom teachers. Master Certificate teachers can receive payment for providing mentoring and professional development services for classroom teachers. Teachers can receive up to $3,000 for providing mentoring services to classroom teachers serving in schools on the Academic Early Warning List and in schools in which 50 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches. Master Certified teachers can also receive up to $1,000 for providing professional development to new and experienced teachers, as well as assisting teachers who are seeking National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification.
The Frequently Asked Questions section provides answers to many of the questions teachers and administrators may have on applying for a Master Certificate, meeting the recertification expectations, as well as applying for the stipend and mentoring payments. The ISBE forms for these processes are also available at this Web site.
Page Collation Problem on the Grade 8 ISAT
The grade 8 ISAT reading test is given in two forms – Form A and Form B. The difference between the two forms is in the passages and accompanying test questions that students are given on each form. Each form has a separate scoring key used to score the student’s tests.
Because of a page collation problem by the testing contractor, some of the Form B tests were mistakenly labeled as Form A tests. The contractor is currently investigating how this collation problem occurred.
This collation problem will not affect a student’s reading score because of scoring procedures we have instructed our contractor to put into place. To ensure that each student is scored with the correct scoring key, all grade 8 reading answer documents will be scored with the scoring key for Form A and Form B, and the student will be given the higher of the two scores. In this way no student will be adversely affected by this collation problem.
This additional step should not significantly affect the processing time for these tests and the state test reports.
April Meeting of the State Board of Education
The April State Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 30, 2003, in the State Board offices, 100 North First Street, V-tel, third floor in Springfield, and in the James R. Thompson Building, 100 West Randolph, V-tel, fourteenth floor, Chicago. The meeting can also be heard on the Internet by clicking on the link on the ISBE home page, www.isbe.net. This will be the regular monthly meeting, but will be a single day instead of the usual two days. The meeting agenda is posted at http://www.isbe.net/board/meetings/apr03meeting/schedule.html