The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education approved joining with the state education group Vision 20/20 in focusing on continuous improvement, recognizing the diversity of struggling schools, and eliminating achievement gaps.
The Board approval at its regular meeting on Tuesday, September 8, follows the signing in August by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner of a second legislative bill sponsored by the Vision 20/20 group. The bill allows for local flexibility, promotes shared accountability, and is sensitive to local district improvements, according to Vision 20/20, which brings input from more than 3,000 stakeholders to press for more action statewide and locally to benefit the education of Illinois’ 2 million students. This includes taking into consideration a school district’s professional practice to improve student performance as well as the current model of looking at state assessment scores in reading and mathematics.
The new model is scheduled to be implemented statewide over a five-year phase-in period at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
Mrs. Theresa L. Kelly, president of the District 209 Board of Education, said that she was proud to join with other school districts in promoting improvement efforts.
"The model accounts for a school district’s particular issues and practices," Mrs. Kelly said. "This is an initiative that will not only be a better way of addressing achievement gaps among students, but will also allow for practices that best suit school districts such as District 209."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of District 209, has been an active part of the Vision 20/20 group since its inception.
"I am proud to have partnered with other school officials across the State of Illinois as part of the Vision 20/20 committee," she said. "We are committed to doing everything possible to ensure that all students receive a quality education, and being a part of Vision 20/20 will play a major role in making that possible."