Tuesday, May 23, 2017

ISBE Briefs

Excel Awards
Nominations are being accepted for the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) annual Those Who Excel/Illinois Teacher of the Year program. Recognition for seven categories of school leaders are being accepted for the 2017-2018 awards, including: school board member/community volunteer, classroom teacher, school administrator/principal, team, licensed student support personnel, educational service personnel (unlicensed), and early career educator. Those Who Excel nominations are due by June 5, with only one nominee per category, per district permitted. The nomination form is available here.

Fiscal Year 2018 Transportation Reimbursement Claims
The Pupil Transportation Claim Reimbursement System is now open to enter data for the 2016-2017 school year. The annual claims must be submitted by Aug. 15. Instructions for submitting the transportation reimbursement have been posted to the ISBE website.

Changes made to ESSA State Plan
The U.S. Department of Education has requested changes in the Illinois ESSA State Plan, due to “incomplete” measurements of interim progress for academic attainment, graduation rate, and English Learner proficiency.

The original plan submitted by ISBE aimed to develop progress measurements based on three-year baseline data, but that data was not yet available. In order to accommodate the Department of Education’s request, ISBE instead used a 15-year timeline for academic attainment based on PARCC data, graduation rates, and English Learner proficiency on ACCESS. The U.S. Department of Education accepted these qualifications. ISBE has stated that these interim progress measurements will be revisited when three-year averages are available.