Illinois Association of School Boards
The home page of the Illinois Association of School Boards, this
site has information not only on IASB, but on other education-related
topics, as well. Among these are public school governance and Illinois
school law. The site has its own searching function, which enables
the user to find many IASB-sponsored reports and articles relevant
to school reform, charter schools, etc.
Illinois Network of Charter Schools
The homepage for the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, an organization that "advocates for legislation to strengthen charter schools, educates the public about the value of charter schools, and supports the dissemination of best practices throughout the system." The site includes an Illinois charter school locater.
Illinois School Report Card
Created by the Illinois State Board of Education, this site contains annual
reports on the public schools in the state of Illinois. Each report provides
statistical information on school demographics, instructional setting,
finances, and academic performance. While schools are not ranked or rated,
the report card contains averages at the school, district, and state level.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is needed to view the reports.
Illinois State Board of Education: Charter Schools
This site provides information on Illinois charter school laws. In addition, there are links to a directory of state charter schools and the Board's 2004 Annual Report on Charter Schools.
State of Illinois
While this site is the home page for the state of Illinois, its provision
of a site-specific search engine makes it a good source of information
on various aspects of school reform. Links yielded by using the search
function are to announcements and news releases from the state government,
and they therefore approach school reform, etc. from a governmental
perspective. These links will probably serve as interesting counterpoints
to other sites, such as that of the Illinois Education Association.
State of Illinois K-12 Information Technology
Plan Revised 2002
This site contains the full document available to those with Acrobat
reader. Created by the Illinois State Planning Committee, an organization
composed of teachers, principals, librarians, business and community
leaders, district and state education administrators and parents and
children from all over Illinois, the Plan represents a vision for
equitable educational excellence using information technologies to
support new models of learning. The plan is made up of four major
sections as follow: a review of past action, the need for action,
and the progress to date; the policy and action agenda for 2002-2007;
a detailed outline of how progress will be gauged; and appendices
reviewing national standards. More information of other technology
efforts in Illinois can be found at the ISBE eLearning Programs Home