I am using today’s opener to share an announcement that
I made at the March meeting of the State Teacher
For some time, I have been concerned about the requirements we have placed on higher education institutions surrounding ISBE recognition and accreditation of their programs that prepare professional educators. A major issue for me has been how ISBE coordinates its work with programs that are a) accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), b) not accredited by NCATE or c) may wish to consider the other national accrediting body, the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). Many of you are aware that prior to coming to the State Board, I spent a decade in such a program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where I dealt with new program approvals, program review and accreditation, certification requirements and the like.
The Task Force will work through Spring 2005 to fulfill the charges I have set out for it:
1. Review procedures for streamlining the ISBE program approval process;
2. Review reporting redundancies for NCATE institutions & suggest an equivalent process for non-NCATE institutions;
3. Review ISBE recognition of accrediting bodies other than NCATE (looking specifically at TEAC);
4. Review team compositions, time lines and team member training with regard to the process for program visits and approvals; and
5. Review the issue of cost equity between NCATE and non-NCATE institutions.
I have already extended invitations to potential Task
Force members representing higher education, teacher associations and practicing
educators. Dr. Elliot Lessen, Dean of the
If you have any ideas to contribute on this topic,
please feel free to forward them to me and I will make sure they reach the Task
Force members. The vitality and robustness of our preparation programs in
Now on a closing note: I am still recovering from the
Enjoy the spring weather this week, finally!
Also in today’s message:
Consulting teachers needed
If you have any teacher that would consider appointment to the ISBE Consulting Teacher list, please forward that name and contact information to Donna Luallen, Division Administrator, Division of Accountability, Illinois State Board of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Section 5/24A-5(g) of The School Code provides that if a school board puts a teacher under remediation and that district does not have an identified Consulting Teacher available, then the Illinois State Board of Education will provide an individual who meets the criteria.
The criteria to be considered a Consulting Teacher are:
First day of testing enrollment
Pearson Educational Measurement has reported that more
2005 ISAT and PSAE pilot test materials
If your district has schools participating in the 2005 ISAT pilot this spring, please note that there is one difference in this ISAT pilot test that has not appeared on previous pilot tests. The answer documents for grades 4 through 8 and 11 and the grade 3 scann-able test booklets are in color. The need for color is required by our contractor, Harcourt Assessment, Inc., to ensure that the documents are scanned correctly. We bring this to your attention to make you aware and to address any questions from grade 3 teachers or students.
Although the color of each answer document for grades 4 through 8 and 11 helps distinguish among those grades, the internal text and art in the grade 3 scann-able test booklets are also in color (green). Color throughout the grade 3 pilot test booklets will not impact the pilot test results. For the 2006 ISAT, the test booklets will all be in four-color print. This means that the text will be in two-tone black and white and the art will be more than one color.
Please contact the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) at 217-782-4823 if there are any additional questions related to the use of color throughout the grade 3 ISAT pilot test booklets.
Testing security breach
The Illinois State Board of Education
(ISBE) has been investigating an ISAT security breach with statewide
implications for the 2005 ISAT administration. The breach involved a grade 5
reading passage and the multiple-choice and extended-response questions about
the passage that were exposed prior to testing. ISBE was notified about the
ISBE test contractors have been advised not to score the affected questions and, for grade 5 students statewide, to use only students’ performance on the remaining test questions to generate grade 5 ISAT reading scores. Our test contractors have assured us that the deletion of the items associated with this passage will not have an effect on reliability and validity of the grade 5 reading test results for schools. All grade 5 reading results will be reported as usual for students, school, districts and the state.
The security breach has been investigated and the cause of the breach has been determined. Steps have been taken to remedy the situation in the future.
Advanced Placement Incentive Program (APIP) request for proposal (RFP) and bidder’s conference/webcast
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has
announced more than $250,000 in educational grant awards for 25 teams of
ISBE intends to fund 25 programs consisting of school teams of educators and administrators from eligible middle grade and/or high schools that serve high concentrations of low-income students and demonstrate a pervasive need for access to advanced placement incentive programs.
A copy of the RFP can be found on the ISBE website www.isbe.net/curriculum/pdf/AP_rfp.pdf
A list of eligible applicants can be found on pages 11-17 of the RFP. Questions can be emailed to email@example.com
For additional information, please contact ISBE’s Curriculum and Instruction Division at 217-557-7323.
Questions and concerns submitted prior to, during and after the webcast are being addressed and will be posted on the Curriculum and Instruction website (www.isbe.net/curriculum) very soon. Emails related to Advanced Placement can be sent to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The APIP video segments are published to the ISBE stream server at the following URLs:
Dana Kinley presentation – for broadband users:
Dana Kinley presentation – for dial-up users:
Becky Phillips Q & A presentation – for broadband users:
Becky Phillips Q & A presentation – for dial-up users:
Announcement of E-Grants trainings
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has
scheduled eight training dates and locations throughout the state for the
E-Grant Management System (eGMS). There will be no fee for participating,
however registration is required. Electronic registration and additional details
regarding the training sites can be accessed through our eGMS web page at. http://www.isbe.net/egms/registration.htm
Districts will submit the FY 2006 No Child Left Behind
Districts will use ISBE’s Web Application Security
System (IWAS) to access eGMS and submit the
2005 summer programs for teachers
Register soon via online, mail, fax or phone for the
2005 Summer Programs for Teachers
offered by the
Each workshop includes materials, lunch, CPDUs and parking, as available. For more details information about each program, go to the website at
This seminar will explore the roots of Middle Eastern terrorism, especially of its most recent manifestation that struck our country on 9 through 11. The topics are aligned with Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science in grades 6 through 12.
The Japanese American Experience during World War II (June 24 at UIUC campus - $49)
This seminar will provide a historical context for the internment of Japanese Americans, a discussion of the abuse suffered by Japanese Americans and the post-war results of Executive Order 9066. The topics are aligned with Illinois Learning Standards in Social Science and Language Arts for grade 6 through 12 teachers. The lessons use children’s literature as a tool for framing units of instruction.
Teaching mathematics with technology (June 10 at UIUC campus - $49)
This hands-on seminar will demonstrate the use of inexpensive technologies to improve mathematics instruction and student motivation in the mathematics classroom aligned with Illinois Learning Standards in Mathematics for middle school teachers.
Technology Across the Curriculum (July 28, July 29 at UIUC - Campus participants may register for one day for $49 or both days for $79)
This hands-on seminar will introduce uses of technology to teach all core subject areas aligned with National Educational Technology Standards for K – 8 teachers.
Management has released an External Vacancy List (05-07), which can be accessed through the following link: http://www.isbe.net/hr/pdf/VL05-07.pdf
Weekly news clips
This week’s news clips may be accessed at http://www.isbe.net/news/2005/newsclips/050325.htm.