Showing posts with label CHOICE schools. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CHOICE schools. Show all posts

Thursday, July 21, 2011

The importance of releasing AYP scores ASAP

I read the following tidbit over on another Peoria blog:

“... preliminary results from the Illinois State Board of Education, leaked to PeoriaStory show that only four public schools made adequate yearly progress,as shown in test scores.

They are Calvin Coolidge Middle School, Charter Oak Primary School, Northmoor-Edison Primary School, and Washington Gifted Middle School. Hines, Kellar and Lindbergh made AYP in math but not in reading.

Watch for the official results to be released later, including the high schools, which District 150 reportedly is appealing.”


District 150 does not start taking school waiver applications until August 1st.

Boundary Waivers (BW) (from the District website)
Boundary Waiver (BW) requests are received for a short window each fall, prior to the start of school. Applications for boundary waivers must be approved by Central Office Administration, the Principal of both the receiving and exiting school, illustrate a specific concern with the student's “home” school and space (and resources) must be available in the receiving school. Transportation is not provided by the District for approved Boundary Waiver requests.


Special Programs (SP) CHOICE Applications will be accepted for the 2011-2012 school year until June 10, 2011. Boundary Waiver CHOICE Applications will be accepted between August 1 and August 12, 2011 for the 2011-2012 school year. NCLB-School Improvement CHOICE Applications (opt-out) may be submitted until June 6, 2011, but the Illinois State Board of Education approved form (obtained with a letter from the District’s Title I Department) must be used.
Could there be some concern at the District that if the public were to receive the list of schools that did make AYP and those that didn’t, it could set off a chain of transfers to the higher performing schools that did meet AYP (as mandated under the federal No Child Left Behind Act)?

For the sake of students and parents, the information should be released sooner rather than later. I understand that results need to be certified or whatever and the District “is reportedly appealing” the high school info, but these tasks should be of the highest priority.

The District could save families from having to deal with the distraction of scrambling to find a good placement. It’s not fair to receiving schools or students when they have to throw another student in the mix without being able to adequately plan for receiving them.

Once decisions are made as to who will receive transfer students, schools will not likely have settled schedules, classrooms, teaching and support staff until after Labor Day.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

"CHOICE" options at Peoria Public Schools?

A lot of us have been talking about wanting "choice" in District 150 for some time now. The District has CHOICE school info posted on their website, I have reposted some of it below. Is this what we were talking about when we asked for school choice?

School Choice - OverviewCHOICE Schools and Programs allow students to opt-out or opt-in to select schools throughout the District. Schools that are considered CHOICE, are designated for a variety of reasons. A school might be a Magnet program, Academy, may follow a different schedule than the traditional schools at PPS or may be designated as a school in restructuring, as outline in the No Child Left Behind Act. Here is a list of CHOICE options at Peoria Public Schools:


Specialized Programs (SP)
•Northmoor Primary, Franklin Primary and Rolling Acres Middle - Each of these schools follows a different, longer schedule than the rest of the District. The day begins at 7:30 a.m. for each of these buildings and ends at 2:45 p.m. The longer school day equates to 45 minutes additional contact time than a student at other schools in the District would receive. The additional minutes also allows extra time for teacher team planning and professional development, and more “extras” for students, such as foreign language, art, and/or music.
•Roosevelt Magnet School - While also housing a traditional primary and middle school, Roosevelt Magnet also accepts students that wish to focus on the fine arts during their middle school years.
•Manual 7th and 8th Grade Academy OR 9th Grade Academy and High School Career Academies - The academy structure for Manual middle and high school students uses a block schedule. These academies follow a curriculum based on the recommendations of Johns Hopkins University.

Boundary Waivers (BW)
Boundary Waiver (BW) requests are received for a short window each fall, prior to the start of school. Applications for boundary waivers must be approved by Central Office Administration, the Principal of both the receiving and exiting school, illustrate a specific concern with the student's “home” school and space (and resources) must be available in the receiving school. Transportation is not provided by the District for approved Boundary Waiver requests.

School Improvement (NCLB-SI) (Separate Form Provided by the Illinois State Board of Education)
This program is available for district students attending a Title I school that has not met one or more of its identified academic targets known as Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for at least two years in a row. These schools are identified as School Improvement (SI) schools. Authorized in the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), Peoria Public Schools provides parents of all students enrolled in a School Improvement (SI) school up to two designated non-SI receiving school choice options. The School Improvement School Choice (SISC) Pattern for each school year is based on the test results received in the spring prior to the start of each school year. The District is mandated to send a letter and form approved by the Illinois State Board of Education to families residing in NCLB-SI boundary areas each spring.

Charter Schools (Application available through Charter School)
One Charter School is authorized by the PPS Board of Education. However, they do not use the CHOICE Schools/Programs Application, as it is not a district run school. Visit the Quest Charter Academy website (www.questpeoria.org) to learn more about enrollment procedures for this Charter School. (Yeah, they actually mentioned Quest.)

To find out who is eligible to opt-in; should students re-apply each year; what to do if you don't like the school that was selected; or if your child will receive District-provided transportation, click here.