ISBE Briefs, May 2020

  • Date Posted
    May 1, 2020
  • Category
Student Advisory Council Applications
Applications for ISBE’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) are now available. The SAC is composed of high school students from across the state who act as student advisers to the State Board of Education. The student group works with ISBE policy-makers and provides student perspectives and concerns on Illinois education policies. Students selected to the Advisory Council participate in virtual meetings as well as attend in-person meetings in Springfield throughout the school year. Applications are due to ISBE by May 29.
Those Who Excel nominations
Nominations for the 2020-2021 Those Who Excel awards are now being accepted. ISBE’s Those Who Excel honorary program recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to Illinois’ elementary and secondary schools. Recognition honors are presented to administrators, student support personnel, educational service personnel, community volunteers, and teams. Nominations for Those Who Excel awards are due June 5.  Eligibility information and instructions on how to submit nominations are available on the ISBE website.
Graduation requirements and educator licensure flexibility
A recent executive order by the governor has added emergency rules to allow eighth grade-students and high school seniors the flexibility to graduate on time. The rules waive SAT and Constitution test graduation requirements and make other temporary changes. Details of the changes and modifications, as well as other graduation information, are available in this State Board of Education FAQ.

The executive order also addresses student teachers and educator license requirements. Added flexibility for student teachers includes the suspension of edTPA and in-person instruction requirements through August 31. Additional information is posted in the educator licensure changes FAQ.