November has proven to be a very productive month at the new State Board as we worked together to get the 2004 Report Cards completed accurately. I thank all of you again for your patience and cooperation in ensuring that our corrections to the report cards were accurate and thorough.
Special thanks to my staff for its hard work and leadership. Ginger Reynolds, our Interim Assistant Superintendent in Teaching and Learning has only been here a short time, but she really rolled up her sleeves with the rest of our team to get things moving! Becky McCabe in Assessment and Connie Wise in Data Analysis, along with their staff members are also to be commended for their hard work. Several came in on Veterans’ Day to keep working on the Report Cards and finalize the data in as timely a fashion as possible. I feel lucky to have these individuals on board at the agency.
As I have said, we are further along with the release of the Report Cards than we were last year and we are releasing information that’s accurate. But we have to make sure that we do not find ourselves in the same predicament next year, and have developed a three-pronged plan to ensure that it does not happen again. If you haven’t read our release on this you can do so from our home page www.isbe.net
In other news, the Governor has announced his support for school consolidation incentive grants; we have identified $2.6 million in operational savings at the agency that can be made available for the grants this year, and another $3.8 million that can be reallocated to schools next year.
This week before Thanksgiving I offer my sincere gratitude for all you do each and every day for our kids. Those of us who are passionate about education know that often our only reward is in seeing our students succeed.
You will not receive a weekly message from me next week
because of the holiday, unless urgent information must be communicated. That said, I do
hope to see some of you at the Triple I Conference this weekend in
Best wishes to you all for a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.
Randy J. Dunn
State Superintendent of Education (Interim)
Also included in today’s message:
2004 report cards now available online
The 2003-04 report cards for your district and school(s) are now available online through IWAS at https://sec1.isbe.net/iwas After logging in by entering your Login Name and Password, select System Listing on the left, and then click on E-Report Card listed under My Systems.
At the Early Access 2004 eReport Card site, you can access (1) your report cards, (2) your district summary, (3) a template for the last page of the school report cards regarding Planned Improvement for the School and District, and (4) 2004 Report Card Definitions and Sources of Data. Prior to disseminating to the public, please complete the page regarding Planned Improvement for the School and District for each school. The contents of these pages need not be submitted to ISBE. All documents at the site may be printed and saved on your own disks.
State (Better Schools Accountability) and federal (No Child Left Behind) laws require school districts to release report cards annually. Following is a summary of the statutory requirements:
To ensure that districts have adequate time to report to
your community, the State Board will not release individually identifiable
district or school information to the general public until
Agency streamlining press release
Yesterday, you received a news release regarding ISBE streamlining agency operations. Due to a computer error, some of the information may have appeared garbled, repeated or run together on your computer screen. To view the news release in its entirety, please go to the following link http://www.isbe.net/news/2004/nov18_04.htm
Reading First district meeting
The ISBE Reading First team will meet with all Reading
First Districts on
Invitation to comment on rules
At its October meeting, the State Board of Education released one set of proposed amendments for public comment. This item has been posted on the agency’s web site at www.isbe.net/rules; choose “Proposed Rules and Amendments”. Please submit any comments or suggestions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Part 1100 (Procurement by the State Board of Education)
This set of amendments responds to two recent pieces of legislation that amended the Illinois Procurement Code.
Deadline for Public Comment:
ISBE employment opportunities
The most recent external vacancy list for jobs at the Illinois State Board of Education may be accessed at http://www.isbe.net/hr/pdf/VL04-28.pdf
Young Authors’ Conference
ISBE is pleased to announce that the 31st Annual
Illinois Statewide Young Authors’ Conference will be held
The Illinois Young Authors’ Conference is a celebration of the written work of children in kindergarten through eighth grade and is cosponsored by ISBE and the Illinois Language and Literacy Council. The purpose of the conference is to support classroom teachers in their efforts to encourage and improve students’ abilities in writing, reading, listening and sharing, and to recognize the accomplishments of young authors. All children in kindergarten through eighth grade, including those in special programs, are encouraged to participate.
In the spring, young authors selected by their local districts are invited to attend this one-day statewide conference where their books are read, discussed and affixed with the official seal of the Young Authors’ Conference. The conference emphasizes language as a vehicle for communication. In small groups, children are encouraged to share ideas with noted children’s authors, educators, and other young authors. Adults who accompany children to the conference are invited to a session designed to further their insights into children’s writing.
For further information on the Young Authors’ Conference, please contact Leigh Ann Smith at email@example.com or 217/782-4648.
Center for African Studies grant opportunities for K-12 and community college faculty
The Center for African Studies at the
Applications consist of a single page statement of
proposed activity that includes how the applicant expects the award will enhance
their teaching of
Awardees are expected to share the outcomes of their
summer fellowship as a report that outlines the newly created curriculum
materials. The report is due by
For application procedure and more information, please go to http://www.afrst.uiuc.edu/travel.html
Meeting the Challenge XV
Meeting the Challenge XV, a fine arts conference for all
educators, is planned for
May be accessed at