- Associated Press - Monday, June 26, 2017

CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois State Board of Education is proposing a new timeline for a federal law that aims to help students pass state exams as well as be proficient in math and reading.

The proposal sets a goal for 90 percent of students to pass state math and reading exams by 2032 under the Every Student Succeeds Act, The Chicago Tribune (https://trib.in/2s57QPO ) reported. The board previously aimed for 100 percent of students to pass state exams by 2013-14 under the 2001 education law No Child Left Behind.

However, some educators fear the proposed plan will be unattainable.

“That’s what I’m afraid of - that it’s going to be the same approach as NCLB, though NCLB said 100 percent,” Wilmette School District 39 Supt. Raymond Lechner said.

He said most districts won’t be able to deliver a 90 percent proficiency rate.

The board’s plan, which was submitted in May, would have A through F ratings in some areas and color-coded designations for overall school performance.

Schools falling short of benchmark targets for the 15-year timeline wouldn’t be defined as failures or penalized. Instead, schools would receive labels that range from exemplary to lowest-performing.

The proposal is currently under review by the U.S. Department of Education. It’s expected to be put into effect in the 2017-18 school year.

Illinois education officials said the details of the plan are still being finalized.


Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com

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