DeKalb school board approves improvement plans

February 20, 2019

DeKALB – The District 428 school board has approved state-mandated school improvement plans to continue the process of addressing low-performing schools in the district.

According to Superintendent Jamie Craven, the plans were approved during Tuesday’s board meeting. In November, Tyler Elementary, 1021 Alden Circle, was given a “lowest-performing” rating by Illinois Report Card. Founders Elementary, Littlejohn Elementary, Malta Elementary, Clinton Rosette Middle School, and Huntley Middle School were all rated “underperforming.”

The district has spent the months since addressing the ratings, coming up with an Illinois Quality Framework Supporting Rubric to to submit to the Illinois State Board of Education, and are using the remainder of the 2019-19 school year for a planning year.

“These are now the recognized ESSA [Every Student Succeeds Act] improvement plans that will allow us to start pursuing next steps with our learning partners,” Craven said.

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