The new Superintendent is shaking off some of the District's old practices that didn't work and is bringing in some new ideas (new to Peoria).
As the new school year approaches, I have many hopes for the District - the main one being that they find a way to better communicate with parents about programming and testing.
Last year, my daughter seemed to spend more time testing than anything else. The testing and it’s purpose, is a secret to the majority of the District’s parents. You may get a note about testing taking place, but you don't get the big picture as to what the test is for, why it is implemented at a certain time and the impact the test has on programming. All you know is that testing is going on.
Chicago Public Schools has already posted their Elementary School Assessment Calendar for 2010 – 2011*. If we could get something like this in District 150, that would be outstanding. All of the information in one place – what a concept.
District 150 has an Accountability and Research Department, other than Skyward Access, chasing down FOIA's and running numbers for a formulaic gifted program, they don't appear to do much else. I say let's put Chumbly & Co. to work on District 150's Assessment Calendar. It's not too late, they still have time to get it done before the beginning of the school year.