6:15 - School Accountability

Policy 6:15

Instruction

School Accountability

According to the Illinois General Assembly, the primary purpose of schooling is the transmission of knowledge and culture through which students learn in areas necessary to their continuing development and entry into the world of work. To fulfill that purpose, the State Board of Education prepared State Goals for Learning with accompanying Illinois Learning Standards.

The School Board gives priority in the allocation of resources, including funds, time, personnel, and facilities, to fulfilling this purpose.

Quality Assurance

The Board continuously monitors student achievement and the quality of the District’s work. The Superintendent shall supervise the following quality assurance components, in accordance with State Board of Education rules, by:

  1. Preparing each school’s annual recognition application and quality assurance appraisal, whether internal or external, to monitor each school’s process for continuous school improvement.
  2. Submitting School Improvement Plans for Board approval that comply with State law and contain:
    • District student learning objectives;
    • Assessment systems for measuring students’ progress in the fundamental learning areas; and
    • Reporting systems for informing the community and the State of assessment results.
  3. If applicable, preparing and implementing a No Child Left Behind Act plan, according to federal law, and seeking the Board’s approval where necessary or advisable.
  4. Continuously monitoring whether the District and its schools are making adequate yearly progress as defined by State law. If the District and/or any of its schools fail to make adequate yearly progress, the Superintendent shall take the actions provided in State law as well as other responses designed to increase the likelihood that the District and/or schools will make adequate yearly progress the following year. The Superintendent shall seek the Board’s approval where necessary or advisable.
  5. Publishing a school report card in accordance with State law.

The Superintendent shall make regular assessment reports to the Board, including projections whether the District and each school is or will be making adequate yearly progress as defined in State law. The Superintendent shall seek Board approval for each District and/or school improvement plan and otherwise when necessary or advisable.

School Choice for Students Enrolled in a School Identified for Improvement, Corrective Action, or Restructuring

This section applies to only those students enrolled in a school identified by the Board for school improvement, corrective action, or restructuring according to federal law. Those students may transfer to another public school within the District, if any, that has not been so identified. If there are no District schools available into which a student may transfer, the Superintendent or designee shall, to the extent practicable, establish a cooperative agreement with other districts in the area. A student who transfers to another school under this policy may remain at that school until the student completes the highest grade at that school. The District shall provide transportation only until the end of the school year in which the transferring school ceases to be identified for school improvement or subject to corrective action or restructuring. All transfers and notices provided to parents/guardians and transfer requests are governed by State and federal law.

If any District school or the District itself is identified for improvement, the Superintendent or designee shall identify, develop, or revise a school and/or District plan for improvement in accordance with federal law. This school and/or District plan shall be presented to the Board for approval.

Students from low-income families shall be provided supplemental educational services as provided in federal law if they attend any District school that: (1) failed to make adequate yearly progress for 3 consecutive years, or (2) is subject to corrective action or restructuring.

Adopted: March 17, 2008

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