Tuesday, April 26, 2016

ISBE Briefs

ESSA listening tour underway
As Illinois develops its plan for the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is coordinating with Regional Offices of Education to host a listening tour to gather ideas from local school leaders.

ISBE’s listening tour is taking place in April at various locations across the state. Each stop will provide attendees with the latest ESSA information and seek to address questions such as:
  • What do we value and how should that be translated to a state plan to improve student achievement?
  • How should student growth factor into accountability?
  • What can be done to improve coordinated services to schools and districts?
The schedule for the ESSA listening tour is available here.

New features on Illinois Report Card
The At-A-Glance feature on the Illinois Report Card has been updated to reflect Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) data. The At-A-Glance section allows for a quick overview of district or individual school performance in comparison to state averages.

New features include updated charts and graphs that show how well high school students are prepared for college, findings on the achievement gap in English language arts and math, and data on academic success and success by student groups as measured on PARCC’s five-point scale.

A new video explaining the updated features is available on the Illinois Report Card website

Drivers Education costs outlined in report
A law that took effect in 2013 will now require ISBE to provide an annual report of the per capita cost of Driver’s Education in Illinois. The statute requires the report to be compiled and posted for public viewing. The 2014-15 report collected expenditure and revenue information, as well as the number of students enrolled in driver’s ed, which was provided by school districts through their Annual Financial Reports.

Family and School Engagement info sought

Partnering with the University of Illinois, ISBE is working to create a new website focusing on family and school engagement. The concept is for the website to provide information, resources, activities, and ideas that bring families and schools together as a community. ISBE is currently gathering feedback from school staff and families about what they would like to see on the new website. An online survey has been created to help gather the pertinent information.