Friday, October 5, 2018

ISBE Briefs

Upcoming Budget Hearings
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will host three public budget hearings throughout the state during October and November. The public is invited to attend and submit budget recommendations for pre-K through 12th grade funding requests. Individuals who want to submit comments should fill out a budget request form and email it to Hearings are scheduled in Springfield on October 17 at 11 a.m., Mount Vernon on October 24 at 4 p.m., and in Chicago on November 16 at 11 a.m.

State Report Card Changes
With the new rollout of the support and accountability metrics that will be incorporated into the 2018 Illinois Report Card, ISBE is offering a number of resources to help districts prepare for the changes. Included in the materials listed on their website are research-based goals, indicators to measure success, and the “5 W’s” of the Illinois Report Card. A timeline of events is also provided, along with informative webinars, and meetings.

More importantly the new report cards are expected to reveal how well schools are meeting student needs and prompting student growth, and to give users an opportunity to share success stories attributable to the numbers. They will display, as well, how far removed each district is from adequate funding as defined in the new Evidence-Based Funding Model. To get email updates and materials from ISBE before the release of the updated information, click here.

New Evidence-Based Funding tools
Districts can access two new tools to assist with Evidence-Based Funding calculations. The Adequacy Target Gap Analysis tool will allow districts to compare their Adequacy Target and staffing levels to highlight where gaps may exist and assist with staffing decisions. The Evidence-Based Funding Data Impact Calculator lets districts adjust enrollment figures and EAV to see how the variable changes impact funding distribution.