Below are the results from the required testing which was completed in November. None of the sample locations were at or above 5 ppb. (ug/l = microgram per liter which is approximately 1 ppb).
Interactive Illinois Report Card website now live
School-, district-, and state-level data available at www.illinoisreportcard.com
SPRINGFIELD – The 2017 Interactive Illinois Report Card launched today at www.illinoisreportcard.com. The annual Illinois Report Card shows the performance and progress of schools, districts, and the state overall on a wide range of educational metrics. The Data Quality Campaign and the Education Commission of the States have praised the Illinois Report Card as comprehensive and easy to understand.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) originally published the data on Oct. 31 on the Classic Report Card site. The data have not changed, as the data verification window closed prior to the PDF report cards publishing on Oct. 31.
Find additional data and information, including an assessments-only spreadsheet for all schools and districts, a glossary of Report Card terms, a FAQ, and a link to the Classic Report Card site at www.isbe.net/ilreportcarddata.
State-level data on the 2017 Illinois Report Card show students achieved gains in a number of indicators from the 2015-16 school year to the 2016-17 school year. Student outcomes improved in English language arts achievement on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment, the four-year graduation rate, college enrollment rates, Advanced Placement participation and success, the community college remediation rate, ninth-grade students on track to graduate, and eighth-grade students passing Algebra I.
For state-level highlights and quotes from Illinois State Superintendent of Education, please see ISBE’s Oct. 31 press release on the ISBE website at https://www.isbe.net/Lists/News/NewsDisplay.aspx?ID=1182.
The Evidence‐Based Funding (EBF) formula performs calculations in three general stages.
– Stage 1: Determining the cost of educating all students, according to the defined cost factors. The result is the Adequacy Target for each district.
– Stage 2: Measuring each district’s local resources for comparison to the Adequacy Target.
– Stage 3: Distributing additional state funds to assist districts in meeting their Adequacy Targets.
Check out https://www.isbe.net/Documents/EBF_Presentation_Detailed.pdf for more information on the distribution system now being used for funding public schools. This system is only a vehicle for "how" to distribute funds. It is NOT a guarantee of funds for public schools. We as educators and those who want the best for our children need to be vigilant in making sure the State continues to adequately fund public education.
Thank you to Chief Deputy Rich Wagner and Deputy Adam Goehl and their team of deputies for conducting an Active Threat Drill for our high school and middle school today. These drills are essential in helping our students and staff prepare for different scenarios which unfortunately may happen in schools today.
I would like to commend our students, staff and administration for their participation and performance in today's drills. Everyone reacted and performed will in the scenarios that were conducted. Following the drills the students were given an opportunity to reflect on what had happened as a group as well as with their individual teachers.
I encourage parents/guardians to speak to their children tonight about the drills and help them process what they would do in the event there was an active threat in the school. Again, it is our goal to provide the best education in the safest environment for your child.
Yours in education,
Scott D. Riddle, Superintendent
Superintendent of Schools