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New Report Finds ISATs Are ‘Misaligned’ With SATs

An Oct. 31 report prepared by researchers affiliated with the Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR) at the University of Chicago raised questions concerning the Illinois learning standards and the efficacy of the Illinois Standard Achievement Tests (ISATs). “[T]he evidence we have here suggests that the eighth-grade standards are not well aligned with the work […]

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Blue Ribbon Committee Confirms $145 Million Unfunded Liability in Pension Funds

In a 30-page report submitted to Mayor Lorraine Morton on Oct. 24, a Blue Ribbon Committee confirmed the City has an unfunded liability of $145.8 million in its police and firefighter pension funds. While the Committee has been studying the issue since April, it has no magic bullet to solve the problem. The Committee accepts […]

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D65: Using Assessments to Guide Instruction of Students

Four years ago the District 65 School Board approved a goal to adopt a comprehensive curriculum-based assessment system. “The intent was not only to obtain outcome data for state assessments,” said Paul Brinson, chief information officer, “but also to provide teachers with ongoing information about the progress that students are making in learning the State […]