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At the April 16 meeting of the Joint District 65/202 Committee, District 202 Board member Jonathan Baum proposed that the School Boards adopt policies that they will share achievement data and prepare a joint achievement report. He said this would be “tangible evidence of our cooperation.” He added, “I think it’s essential to develop a baseline to measure progress moving forward.”

District 65 Board President Tracy Quattrocki supported the approach.

Gretchen Livingston, president of the District 202 Board, added that incorporating the data-sharing agreement into the Board’s policies would formalize the process. She suggested the Boards could begin discussing what a joint achievement report would look like at their joint Board meeting in June.

Eric Witherspoon, superintendent of District 202, said the new assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) would be administered for the first time in the next school year, 2014-15. The PARCC assessments will replace the Illinois Standard Achievement Test (given to 3rd- through 8th-graders) and the Prairie State Achievement Test (given to 11th-graders).

Dr. Witherspoon suggested, if the D65/202 School Boards decide at their joint meeting in June to prepare a joint achievement report, the administrators will have next year to look at the PARCC assessments, and consider how to put together a joint achievement report for the 2014-15 school year that would be published in the fall of 2015. He said that could be the baseline report.

Ms. Quattrocki said she thought the Boards should have input into what they wanted the joint report to look like, how much detail they wanted and what they felt would be helpful.

Ms. Livingston said she thought historical data and trends were important.

By consensus, the Joint District 65/202 Committee decided that each Board will consider adopting policies relating to data sharing and preparing a joint achievement report, and to do so before the joint Board meeting in June. At the June meeting, they will begin to discuss, on a preliminary basis, what they would like the joint achievement report to look like. At the joint Board meeting in January, the Boards will discuss a more detailed structure for report.