Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Our Patch poll asks if there's a place in District 181 today for an exclusive program for advanced learners. What do you think?
District 181 board members are holding off on discussion of proposed changes to the district's elementary and middle school ACE programs until their Feb. 11 meeting, but Patch wants to get the community talking right now. The District 181 Advanced Learning Task Force recommended Monday the phasing out of an exclusive ACE program at all district schools beginning next school year. Patch provided details on the proposal in the articles below: Over the last year, there have been comments made on this site and at public meetings both by those community members who have supported a more inclusive approach to advanced learning, and those who prefer to keep ACE exclusive. What do you think? Is the task force's proposal to phase out an exclusive…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Yvonne Mayer did, however, say that she can no longer trust all the information given to board members by the administration.
District 181 board member Yvonne Mayer decided not to make a motion Monday night to terminate the district's middle school ACE program as she said she would at the board's last meeting in August. The motion Mayer had planned on making was based on the fact that the district did not alert the board about data left out of a compilation of fifth-grade InView test scores provided to members, with student names redacted, at Mayer's request earlier this summer. Read more about the missing data here. Superintendent Renée Schuster said the students that were left out of the data provided to the board members were left out because they were part of groups that had 10 students or less and therefore were at risk of having their identities exposed. …
Monday, September 10, 2012
If discussion at the board's last meeting was any indicator, the motion will not get a majority vote by the District 181 board.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Yvonne Mayer says she'll make the motion on Sept. 10 and cited an incomplete set of data provided to the board by the administration in June as the reasoning.
District 181 board member Yvonne Mayer says she is going to bring a motion at the board's Sept. 10 meeting to terminate the district’s middle school ACE program based on the fact that some InView test data was initially withheld from board members earlier this summer. Mayer, who earlier this year voted against continuing the ACE program during the 2012-13 school year, said at the Board of Education meeting Monday night at Elm School that “the board was lied to” in June when it received InView results data that was supposed to be for all District 181 fifth-graders but did not include the information of a number of students, several of whom were admitted into the middle school program. “I think that it calls the integrity of the entire …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The elementary ACE transition plan is not yet ready for a board vote, the district's superintendent said.
Action was finally taken Monday night on key parts of the transition-year plan for the much-discussed District 181 curriculum overhaul. The District 181 Board of Education voted at its business meeting at Elm School to approve three items that put in place transition plans for the middle school ACE program and the district-wide math curriculum for the 2012-13 school year, though none of the votes were unanimous. Board members voted 5-2 in favor of the math transition plan, 6-1 in favor of the middle school ACE transition plan, and 5-2 in favor of the assessment model to accompany that ACE plan. Yvonne Mayer voted against all three measures; Brendan Heneghan voted against the math transition and the ACE assessment model. Superintendent Dr. …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Students will continue with the pullout program in elementary school, though they will not be bused to Monroe School each week.
It was another long night of District 181 board discussion Monday night at Elm School in Burr Ridge. District 181 administration presented a curriculum transition plan for the 2012-13 school year Monday night at a board of education meeting that rolled back some of the changes it proposed in a transition plan presented at the board’s April 9 meeting, including some the district planned to make to the ACE program. Scrapped by the latest transition proposal is the plan to give Personal Learning Plans (PLP) to current third- and fourth-grade ACE students in their home classrooms next year and discontinue the program’s pullout nature. If Monday’s plan is pursued, the elementary ACE program will remain a one-day-a-week pullout program in 2012-…
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Patch looks back at five of the most read stories from the week of April 9 to April 13.
1. Barrett Seeking Judge's Permission to Reopen Lawsuit Against D86: A new District 86 board policy regarding board member access to records would be included in what Barrett's lawyers hope will be their client's third amended complaint against the district. 2. District 86 School Board Moving Forward to Censure Member: The move comes after the board was accused of bond fraud by member Dianne Barrett. 3. D181 Board Discusses Transitional ACE Program in 2012-13: Reworked identification processes will be installed to make ACE more inclusive if the district goes forward with the transition plan. 4. Human Remains Found Near Stevenson Expressway: State police say they are investigating after human remains were found near the Stevenson Expressway…
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Reworked identification processes will be installed to make the program more inclusive if the district goes forward with the transition plan.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Reworked identification processes will be installed to make ACE more inclusive if the district goes forward with the transition plan.
District 181 parents and students might see an ACE program next year different than the one they're used to. The District 181 Board of Education discussed at its Monday Committee of the Whole meeting at Madison School an ACE program transition plan for the 2012-13 school year that would drop formal ACE identification in second grade, change the test used to identify middle school ACE students, and end the “grandfathering” process whereby elementary ACE students are automatically enrolled in middle school program. Current-year third- and fourth-grade students who are in the elementary ACE program would next year be given a Personal Learning Plan (PLP) that, according to the proposed plan presented by Superintendent Dr. Renée Schuster, …