Thursday, May 23, 2019

ISBE Briefs

Illinois Report Card Data and Verification Tool
A new tool to assist districts with the 2019 Report Card process will be available July 1. The Data Review and Verification Tool (DRVT) will display most Report Card metrics based on the data that school districts have submitted up to that point in time. The idea is to allow administrators and school officials to review their districts metrics months before the official October release of Illinois Report Card data. This will allow districts to then provide feedback on potential anomalies, missing data, or other errors.

ESSA Site-Based Reporting Guidance

ISBE has released updated guidance to assist LEAs and other reporting entities with reporting per-pupil expenditure data at both the district and school level. The updated guidelines are designed to provide clarity to help fulfill site-based expenditure requirements under ESSA. A number of other resources on site-based expenditure reporting are available, here.

Early Childhood Grants Extended
ISBE has announced it has extended the Fiscal Year 2019 Early Childhood State Grants to September 30, rather than ending the grants on June 30 as originally planned. Reasons expressed for the change:
  • Some grantees have not received all funding for their state Early Childhood programs;
  • Preschool for All and Prevention Initiative grantees were recently notified of a one-time additional funding opportunity for grantees that anticipate meeting current expense and enrollment targets.
ISBE announced recently it would extend all Early Childhood grants to September 30, 2019, regardless of the current project end date. Specifically, the extension is applied to the following state programs:
  • Preschool for All 3-5 Program (Revenue Code 3705-00)
  • Prevention Initiative 0-3 Program (Revenue Code 3705-01)
  • Preschool Expansion (Revenue Code 3705-PE)
Grantees will see the new Sept. 30 end date reflected in the electronic Grants Management System if a budget amendment is needed, as well as in the Financial Reimbursement Information System Inquiry. All grantees will still be required to complete and submit a June 30, 2019, expenditure report through the Electronic Expenditure Reporting System.

Questions regarding the end-date extension or expenditure reporting requirements should be directed to the agency’s Division of Funding and Disbursements at 217/782-5256.

Questions regarding the one-time opportunity for additional FY 2019 funding or budget amendments should be directed to the Division of Early Childhood Education at 217/524-4835 or earlychi@isbe.net.

Support and Accountability Listening Tour continues
The State Board of Education continues to host a Support and Accountability Listening Tour at various stops throughout the state in the month of May. ISBE is asking for stakeholder concerns and suggestions that could be added to an amendment to the Illinois Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan with the goal to improve measurement and support of school performance.
The Listening Tour will stop at

  • Carbondale Community High School—May 23 from 5-7 p.m.
  • Rock Island ROE—May 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.