Back to School Business
I'm happy to report we've had a fantastic start to the school year. Operationally, things went very smoothly. All buildings were ready for staff and students and I couldn't be more impressed with the teacher and family turnout at our annual Back to School Picnic, Curriculum Nights, PFA sponsored Oberweis Ice Cream Social, and this year's successful Foundation sponsored Laps for Literature.
I'd like to take a moment to brag about the academic success of our students last year. According to our spring MAP assessment results:
Last spring, our students along with 1.4 million of their peers in Illinois took for the first time the new state mandated online assessment known as PARCC. Dr. Smith expressed his frustration that local school districts are still awaiting the results data but was unable to give a timeframe for when districts can expect to receive the data. I share his frustration and remain hopeful we will find value in the data once it is received.
Last year, the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) cited the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for not administering federally mandated statewide science assessments in 2014-2015. The Elementary Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires states to test students in the areas of reading, math and science. Dr. Smith indicated ISBE would be partnering with the D.C. Public Schools (D.C.P.S.) to administer an online science assessment to elementary students in grades five and eight. He was unable to share any details regarding the actual exam or when it would be administered this school year. We will share this information once it is received.
We are off to a great start to a new school year. I look forward to partnering with you as we embrace this school year's theme to dream more, learn more, do more and become more as a school community.