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					No Child Left Behind
   Annual Statewide
        Conference

      February 16, 2005
Illinois’ Forecast for
Better Education
Dr. Ginger Reynolds
Gail Lieberman



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A Little Background
on Ginger Reynolds
   Assistant Superintendent for
Teaching and Learning Services
   for the Illinois State Board of
                        Education
New State Board of Education
   Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed Senate
    Bill 3000 into law in September 2004.
   Law brought sweeping education
    reform, shifting State Board’s focus
    from regulating school districts to:
       Improving education of students in Illinois
       Being accountable to the governor,
        legislators, school districts, parents, and
        children
       Focusing on constituent service
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New State Board of Education
   Upon signing the bill into law, the
    Governor appointed seven new members
    to the State Board of Education. The nine-
    member Board now includes:
       Jesse Ruiz, Chicago - Chairman
       Dr. Andrea Brown, Goreville
       Dean Clark, Glen Ellyn
       Dr. David Fields, Danville
       Ed Geppert, Belleville
       Dr. Vinni Hall, Chicago
       Brenda Holmes, Springfield
       Joyce Karon, Barrington
       Dr. Chris Ward, Lockport
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Dr. Randy Dunn,
State Superintendent
   Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with
    emphasis on Reading
   Master’s degree in Education
   Began his education career as a fourth grade teacher
   Moved into administration
     Principal for two schools in central Illinois
     Superintendent of the Argenta-Oreana Community and
      Chester Community School Districts
   Currently on leave as Chair of the Department of
    Education Administration and Higher Education at
    Southern Illinois University at Carbondale

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Governor Rod Blagojevich’s
Commitment to Education
   Faced with $8 billion in budget deficits, Gov.
    Blagojevich has committed almost $1 billion
    in additional education funding in his first two
    years in office
   Raised the General State Aid foundation level
    substantially two consecutive years
   Commitment to early childhood education
    funding, expanding pre-school access for
    16,000 additional students
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State of the State Message
   In his 2005 State of the State Address, the
    Governor highlighted outcomes of the new
    State Board and his commitment to education:
       Improved process for gathering and reporting
        School Report Card data
       Elimination of teacher certification backlog and
        streamlined process for the future
       Streamlined agency to redirect funds to schools
       Increased funding to expand access to pre-school
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State of the Union Message
   The President called for strengthening high
    schools
   He proposed $1.5 billion in funding for a new
    high school initiative
   He called for additional high school
    assessments (which would require a federal
    law change)


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Initiatives for 2005
 Board will develop a Strategic Plan and is
 currently prioritizing from a list including:
    Improving Teacher Quality and Retention
    Improving Data-Driven Decision Making through
     Technology
    Enhancing Literacy
    Building School Leadership Capacity
    Highlighting Exemplary Educational Practices


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Initiatives for 2005, cont.
    Expanding School Business and Support
     Practices
    Supporting Career and Technical Education
    Streamlining Teacher Certification
    Enhancing Regional Service Delivery
    Promoting High School Reform
    Promoting Positive Learning Environments



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Working with NCLB
 Examining data
 Looking at other states

 Working with the USDoE

TO
 Make NCLB work for Illinois

 Assist schools effectively

 Hold the Agency accountable


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A little background
on Gail Lieberman
  Retiredin February 2004
   Returned to ISBE under
   contract in January 2005
A Look at NCLB and the Future
   ISBE’s focus on education improvement
   ISBE’s focus on accountability
   ISBE’s focus on customer services
   We have examined the data from the last two
    years of NCLB implementation and working
    to improve and streamline accountability
    measures for and with schools and districts


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Latest Happenings with NCLB
   Students and schools making progress
       Many schools have worked diligently to close the
        low income and the racial/ethnic achievement
        gaps
   Moving towards highly qualified teachers and
    qualified paraprofessionals
   Improved Information to parents to make
    informed choices

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Illinois Results in Aggregate
2002-2004 % Meets/Exceeds
                  2002               2003                  2004


   All Tests    60.1               61                62.4

   ISAT        62.7         63.9               65.9

   PSAE        56.1        55.2                 56.4

We need to look at disaggregated data now!
As Dr. Dunn says, we need to “peel the onion…”

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    AYP Status Across Illinois
   From the 2004 assessments (data as of 1/25/05):
      402 schools in AEWS

       540 schools in AWS
      41 schools removed from status

      248 LEAs in school improvement status

      285 LEAs in AEWS
   For Title I purposes, the breakdown of the [duplicated] 694 schools
    includes (data as of Fall 2004):
      CH=Choice 216
        CS=Choice and SES 213
        CA=Corrective Action 242
        RS=Restructuring Year 123
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How Fast Are We Moving
Towards Results?
   We believe we are…
   Title I monitoring visit on-site, March 28th—
    April 1
   Title II monitoring visit on-site, March 2-4
   Title III monitoring visit on-site in May
   21st Century CLC visit on site in mid-April
                       WHEW!!!!

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Accountability Workbook
       changes




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Approved Changes in the Illinois
Accountability Workbook

   Multi-racial. In response to concerns raised by Illinois students,
    parents, and school personnel, Illinois has added a multi-
    racial/ethnic group to the State’s major racial/ethnic groups for
    both accountability and reporting purposes.
   Identification of Schools and Districts for Improvement.
    Illinois will identify schools and districts for improvement on the
    basis of not making AYP for two consecutive years in the same
    content area.
   Assessment and Accountability for LEP students. Illinois
    adopts the flexibility allowed relative to limited English proficient
    students for assessment and accountability purposes for no
    testing in Year 1.



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Approved Changes in the Illinois
Accountability Workbook

   Alternate Assessments. Illinois will use the final regulation
    concerning the 1.0 percent cap, ensuring that the "number of
    proficient and advanced scores based on the alternate
    achievement standards" does not exceed 1.0 percent of all
    students in the grades assessed at the State level.
   Participation Rate. Illinois adopts the new flexibility regarding
    multi-year averaging of participation rate. Illinois will also adopt the
    new flexibility regarding students who have significant medical
    emergencies during the testing window and its affect on a school's
    participation rate.




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Changes Under Consideration

   Students with Disabilities
       Subgroup size
       Include those who are on IEPs for monitoring
        or transition purposes
       Revising reading levels of questions




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Changes Under Consideration
(cont’d)

   Students with limited English proficiency
       New English assessment – Access
       New state assessment
       Accommodations
       Student subgroup size
       Special attention to first year enrollees
       Special attention to year 4 and 5 students


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Changes Under Consideration
(cont’d)

   Other issues
       Full year definition
       Grade 2 testing
       Subgroup size
       Other




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Something New Every Year with
NCLB and AYP Issues

   2004 from 2003 tests – participation rate
   2005 from 2004 tests – district AYP
   2006 from 2005 tests – AMAOs and
    consequences
   2006 tests – all grades 3-8 and 11



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     Information on IDEA
Following are the key changes in the nation's special education
   law:
 Expand options for parents. Parents, along with the local
   education agency, may agree to make changes to a student's
   individualized education program (IEP) without having to hold a
   formal IEP meeting. They may instead develop a written
   document for an amendment.
 Prevent requiring medication for education services.
   Schools cannot force parents to medicate their children as a
   condition of attending school, receiving an evaluation or
   receiving services.
 Extend the timeline for teacher certification. New special
   education teachers who teach multiple subjects exclusively to
   students with disabilities and who are deemed "highly qualified"
   in math, language arts or science will have two years after their
   employment date to demonstrate competency in the other core
   academic subjects they teach.
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    Information on IDEA
   Reduce the paperwork burden on teachers. A 15-state pilot
    program will allow states and school districts to offer parents
    the option of a multi-year IEP, not to exceed three years, as
    opposed to a yearly plan. Another pilot program will allow the
    U.S. secretary of education to waive certain paperwork
    requirements for up to 15 states.
   Reduce litigation. Prior to a due process hearing, the district
    must hold a resolution session with parents and IEP Team
    members within 15 days of receiving notice of a parent's
    complaint. In addition, a request for a hearing must be filed
    within two years from the date of the alleged violation.
   Reduce misidentification of non-disabled children. School
    districts can address the problem of children being erroneously
    placed in special education by using a portion of their IDEA
    funding to provide intervention services to children who have
    not yet been identified as needing special education but need
    additional academic or behavioral support.
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Information on IDEA
School nurses included as a related
service
Related services exempts any medical
device that is surgically implanted, or its
replacement
Emphasis on “universal design”
Same emphasis on AYP and other factors
Focus on access to instructional materials


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Information on IDEA
   Screening to determine appropriate
    instructional strategies for curriculum
    implementation shall not be considered to
    be an evaluation for eligibility for special
    education or related services
   Student may not be considered disabled
    due to a lack of appropriate instruction in
    reading


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Choice/Supplemental Services
   As of January 13th, total number of approved
    SES providers: 75
   Number of providers indicating they can
    serve limited English proficient students: 45
   Number of providers indicating they can
    serve grades 9-12: 50
   Application in the future will specify areas
    served in more detail
   http://www.isbe.net/nclb/htmls/sesp.htm
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Professional Development
   RESPRO system of support
    services (also technical
    assistance) at www.isbe.net
    (search for system of support)
   ROE services at
    http://www.iarss.org/developme
    nt.asp




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Federal Funding for
2004 (2004-05) to Illinois
   Title I: $523M                         IDEA: $447M
   Title II: $118M                        IDEA Preschool:
   Title II, Tech: $28M                    $17.9M
   Title III: $25M                        Career and Tech Prep:
   Title IV: $ 17.6M                       $48.7M
   21st CCLC: $39.4M                      Homeless: $2.5M
                                           Student Testing:
                                            $12.9M

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Changes on the Horizon
   Any bills which become law in 2005
   Any Accountability Workbook changes that
    are approved
   Other issues on appeal now
   Any changes in 2005 or 2006 at the federal
    level in terms of NCLB changes….



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For Further Information…

 Contact Ginger Reynolds at
  greynold@isbe.net
 Contact Gail Lieberman at
  glieberm@isbe.net


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