DeKalb School District 428 Board to vote on school improvement plans

February 19, 2019

DeKALB – The DeKalb School District 428 Board will vote Tuesday on detailed school improvement plans for low-performing district schools.

The decision comes after an informative workshop meeting Feb. 5, during which the board was given the criteria of next steps determined by the Illinois State Board of Education.

The plans are part of ISBE’s process to address schools given an “underperforming” or “lowest-performing” rating on the Illinois Report Card in November. The district board addressed the plans at a Feb. 12 workshop meeting. The process also includes receiving funding from the state for action plans.

Tyler Elementary School, 1021 Alden Circle, was rated “lowest-performing,” while Founders, Littlejohn and Malta elementary schools, as well as Clinton Rosette and Huntley middle schools, were rated “underperforming.”

According to board’s meeting agenda, the district is undergoing a “planning year” for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year, during which educators and organizers from each school will submit an Illinois Quality Framework Supporting Rubric to the ISBE.

The rubric will identify achievement gaps, makeup of buildings, social-emotional concerns, attendance data, special programs and staff tenure. Also identified throughout the process are resource inequities in the schools, such as budgets and plans for implementing solutions.

According to the agenda, work plans for school improvement have been submitted for each school under the Title I School Improvement 1003(a) grant, and the plans must be approved by the state no later than Feb. 28.

The board also likely will vote to approve buying more Chromebooks for a total of $911,250 over a period of four years.

District 428 officials will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Education Center boardroom, 901 S. Fourth St.