Illinois State Board of Education announces meeting on Tuesday, February 21

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education has announced the following meeting for February 21 via video-conference.  All State Board of Education meetings listed on this agenda will be accessible to persons with disabilities. Persons planning to attend who need special accommodations should contact the Board office no later than the date prior to the meeting. Contact the Superintendent’s office at the State Board of Education, Phone: 217-782-2221; TTY/TDD: 217-782-1900; Fax: 217-785-3972. 

Chairman Chico may call for a break in the meeting as necessary in order for the Board to go into closed session. 

State Board of Education Special Meeting via video conference

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 

9 a.m.

Chicago Location:   ISBE Video Conference Room, James R. Thompson Center, 14th Floor

100 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL

Springfield Location: ISBE Video Conference Room, 3rd Floor

100 N. First Street, Springfield, IL

This meeting will also be audio cast on the Internet at:


   I.Roll Call/Pledge of Allegiance

A.   Consideration of and Possible Actions on Any Requests for Participation in Meeting by Other Means

II.Public Participation  

III.Resolutions & Recognition 

IV.  *Superintendent’s Report – Consent Agenda

All action consideration items listed with an asterisk (*) are considered to be routine and will be enacted in one motion and vote.  Any board member who wishes separate discussion on any item listed on the consent agenda may remove that item from the consent agenda, in which event, the item will be considered in its normal sequence. 

A.   *Approval of Minutes:

1.   Plenary Minutes: January 26, 2012

2.   Education Policy Planning Committee:  January 25, 2012

3.   Finance & Audit Committee:  January 25, 2012

4.   Governmental Relations Committee:  January 26, 2012

B.   *Rules for Initial Review

1.   Part 226 (Special Education)

2.   Part 475 (Contested Cases and other Formal Hearings) REPEAL

3.   Part 475 (Contested Cases and other Formal Hearings) NEW PART

4.   Part 485 (Appeal Proceedings before the State Teacher Certification Board) REPEAL

C.   *Contracts and Grants Over $1 Million

1.   Contract Renewal:  NCS Pearson, Inc. for Administration of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

2.   Contract Renewal:  NCS Pearson, Inc. for Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA)

3.   Contract Renewal:  NCS Pearson, Inc. for Development of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)

4.   Contract Renewal:  ACT, Inc. for Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), EXPLORE and PLAN Assessments

D.  *Spring 2012 Waiver Report


End of Consent Agenda


E.   The New Teacher Project – Unit Recognition

F.    ESEA Flexibility Waiver

G.   Rules for Adoption

1.   Part 50 (Evaluation of Certified Employees under Articles 24A and 34 of the School Code)

  V.  Discussion Items

A.    Legislative Update

B.    District Oversight – (verbal update)

C.    Open Meetings Act Training (verbal discussion)

D.    Other Items for Discussion

VI.    Announcements

A.    IBHE Liaison Report (Dr. Proshanta Nandi)

B.    P-20 Council Liaison Report (Joyce Karon)

C.    Superintendent’s/Senior Staff Announcements

D.    Chairman’s Report

E.    Member Reports

VII.  Information Items

A.   ISBE Fiscal & Administrative Monthly Reports (available online at 

VIII.  Closed Session (as needed)

IX.    Reconvene (No action will be taken following closed session, other than to adjourn the meeting.)

X.    Adjourn

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