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Forum on State Testing, State Survey, and College and Career Readiness Standards Changes Set for January 17 at PMSA

January 11, 2013 09:05 AM
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Forest Park, IL...Proviso Township High Schools District 209 and West 40 Intermediate Service Center No. 2 will host a Parent and Community Forum on state testing, the upcoming state survey, and the new college and career readiness standards from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on January 17 in the auditorium at Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park.

The forum will focus heavily on the planned change from the Illinois Standard Achievement Test, or ISAT, which measures the achievement of third- through eighth-graders in reading and math and fourth- through seventh-graders in science, to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC, assessments. Illinois is scheduled to adopt the new statewide testing in spring 2015 that will assess the new, more rigorous national Common Core Standards, to which testing for high school juniors, the Prairie State Achievement Examination, or PSAE, is already well-matched.

The event also will address upcoming changes to the state report cards, the Five Essentials Survey, and other academic measuring tools that are being brought more in line with the new standards and the high school testing. This is in order to provide a more accurate picture of how a student is performing academically.

"This is a good opportunity for parents and other community members to learn about the new ways we are measuring student achievement and how we educate children in our community," said Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent of Proviso Township High Schools District 209. "This is a collaborative effort between District 209 and the feeder districts in an effort to show a united front and provide information and support the Township stakeholders for the many changes moving forward."

Other sponsors of the forum along with PTHS District 209 and West 40 Intermediate Service Center No. 2, with executive director Ms. Kay Poyner Brown, include Berkeley School District 87, Ms. Eva Smith, superintendent; Bellwood School District 88, Dr. Phyllistine Murphy, superintendent; Maywood School District 89, Dr. Michael Robey, superintendent; Forest Park School District 91, Dr. Louis Cavallo, superintendent; Lindop School District 92, Dr. Valorie Moore, superintendent; Westchester School District 92.5, Mr. Michael Dziallo, superintendent; and Hillside District 93, Mr. Alan Molby, superintendent.

In addition to this forum, each District 209 school will also sponsor seminars at their individual schools to discuss with parents and stakeholders the impact on their students and changes at their schools.
 
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