As we enter the Holiday Season, we believe there is much to be thankful for at the Sangamon-Menard Regional Office of Education. We would like to wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season. We thank all the teachers, administrators and staff of our Sangamon and Menard County schools for your tireless efforts on behalf of all students. We thank the students and their families for your dedication and support. We thank school board members for the time, expertise and devotion they bring to our districts. We are thankful for our communities and businesses who support public education in so many ways. We are thankful for the high quality public education that challenges our students to achieve to their greatest potential.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on Dec. 10, 2015. This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years and ongoing efforts to improve educational opportunities for all students in Illinois. The majority of the law does not take effect until 2017-18, with implementation occurring over the next year and a half.
ESSA State Plan Draft #2 Released
The draft of the Illinois’ ESSA State Plan #2 was presented to the Board at its meeting on Nov. 18. The draft is available at www.isbe.net/essa/. ESSA State Plan #2 provides information on accountability, assessments, and statewide system of support, among other topics, for all schools in Illinois. Throughout the draft, there are a series of questions on topics where ISBE requests additional insight from the field. ISBE is encouraging individuals to read the plan and share their ideas, critiques, and potential solutions.
Illinois History Day is an annual statewide competition that gives junior high and high school students (grades 6-12) an opportunity to display their knowledge on a topic through various history-related projects pertaining to Illinois.
Illinois Regional History Fairs are held in the early spring at college campuses throughout Illinois. Projects and papers judged to be superior advance to the statewide Illinois History Day held in Springfield May 4, 2017. Some projects will be selected to represent Illinois at the University of Maryland in mid-June during the National History Day competition.
Students are invited to enter projects in any of these categories: research papers, exhibits, media, performances and historical website.
Flyer available here
Visit http://www.onlinecolleges.net/illinois/#scholarships for scholarship and financial aid available for students and potential students as well as summaries of available online programs offered by Illinois Colleges.