YOUR VOICE OUR FUTURE UPDATE
The Board of Education continues to move forward with plans to reconfigure the district into a fewer number of schools. Over the past month, the board has established a process to move forward on two fronts:
Continue working towards developing and refining plans for the 7-building model
Consider alternative configuration proposals (these will include proposal ideas submitted by community members and additional proposals that the Board has requested from the architect based on community feedback)
Have an idea for reconfiguring the District?
On March 6, the District will share detailed information about how community members can submit proposals for alternate configuration ideas. Proposals will be evaluated based on criteria developed by the Superintendent’s Citizen Finance and Facilities Advisory Committee (SCFFAC), as well as additional factors to consider that have emerged from new information developed during the architectural study. Those factors are being compiled and incorporated into a secondary decision-making rubric by the Board of Education.
March 12: Informational meeting for community members who want to submit proposals.
March 19: At the Board of Education meeting, architects, staff and advisory committee members will give a presentation reviewing the configuration models examined by the District during the architectural study, and explain why many were ruled out and how the 7-building model was arrived at.
April 7: Community proposals are due at noon. An update about the proposals received will be given at the 7 p.m. Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting.
April 16: Proposal review. Community members who submit proposals will be invited to the Board of Education meeting to present them.
April 18 and 21: If there are a large number of proposals received, proposal presentations may also be scheduled for this date.
April 21: The Board of Education will evaluate proposals, and those that are feasible will be passed on to the district’s architects for further review.
April through July: Concepts for the 7-building model and any viable alternative configurations will continue to be developed
Mid-July: The Board of Education will select one model with which to move forward
Look for an email from the District on March 6 with additional details. Meanwhile, all documents related to the Your Voice Our Future initiative are now archived and linked in a single web page at this link.
PARCC ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
Later this spring, the state of Illinois will launch its first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC), an assessment tool used to measure student progress in math and English Language Arts. These Common Core aligned assessments, which are replacing the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), will be administered to our 3rd-8th grade students in both March and May. Students will be required to solve multistep problems, read critically across multiple texts, support answers with evidence, and write in various formats. Our North Shore School District 112 curriculum has been crafted to prepare students for all of these skills, and no additional studying or preparation is necessary or advised.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has created a collection of documents for parents.
A recent and noted misconception regarding the PARCC assessment is that families may opt-out of standardized testing. All Illinois school districts, by state and federal mandates, are required to annually administer a state assessment. One important fact to know is that school districts with fewer than 95% of students taking the assessment will not meet state compliance requirements and risk losing federal funding. North Shore School District 112 receives in excess of a half of a million dollars each year in Title I funding.
The district has taken a number of steps to prepare our students for the PARCC assessment over the course of the past three years. Common Core State Standards have been woven into our district’s curriculum and instruction through the design of thematic concepts and essential questions. Students are continually exposed to robust literature and hands-on math experiences to help develop deep learning. Our professional staff members have received extensive professional development in the area of curriculum and instruction and continue to make impressive shifts in their practice.
While high stakes testing remains a controversial topic in our country, and while the merits of high stakes testing is continually questioned, non-participation in the PARCC assessment is not an option. In advance, we thank you for your support and collaboration as we comply with the state mandates while striving to engage and inspire our students in their pursuit of excellent education.
For additional information or to access practice assessments, please visit our PARCC information site. For additional information or to access practice assessments, please visit our PARCC information site. We will be certain to share additional information and logistical details as they become available from the Illinois State Board of Education.