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February 6, 2013

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DANVILLE —

  • Hear about the Illinois State Board of Education increasing the benchmark performance levels for third- through eighth-graders on the Illinois Standard Achievement Test, starting with the 2013-2014 school year.

“The state has asked us to notify the public of the change in benchmark for third through eighth-graders,” Denman said.

The ISBE will recalculate the ISAT performance expectations so they align with the higher expectations for elementary and middle school students. Illinois’ previous expectations for third- through eighth-grade students did not align with the new Common Core State Standards.

The new scores are supposed to provide a more accurate indication of whether a student is on course for college and a career.

The higher expectations of the new standards, however, will likely result in more students not meeting or exceeding standards.

Denman emphasized, “It doesn’t mean the students aren’t learning as much or that the students are learning less.

“It is expected statewide that not as many students will meet or exceed standards,” he said.

The benchmark for high school students will not change because “the standards for high school are higher,” Denman said.

  • Review the recommended traditional calendar for the district’s schools and the balanced year calendar for Northeast Elementary Magnet School for the 2014-2015 school year.

“It pretty much mirrors the county calendar,” Denman said.

Under the proposed traditional calendar for 2014-2015, school would start a week earlier than this year and next year because the renovations at East Park Elementary will be completed, and the fall semester would end prior to Christmas break in 2014-2015.

  • Consider approving the appointments for associate superintendent and DHS principal. Associate Superintendent Dianna Kirk and DHS Principal Mark Neil both are retiring at the end of the school year.

“We’ve posted the remaining jobs and hope to have recommendations for the board by the March 13 meeting,” Denman said.

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