It is hard to believe that another school year has come and gone. Spring brought great accomplishments for three Sangamon County-Area students, and this summer is set to provide many changes regarding the ROE and Illinois High School Equivalency. We have attempted to provide a “glimpse” of those upcoming changes below. Please know that this is an ongoing process and changes to the process are occurring daily. Our office would like you to know that we are here to assist you in the implementation of the process. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have or any guidance you might need.
Realignment of the Regional Offices of Education
On July 1, 2015, the 44 Regional Offices of Education (ROEs) across Illinois will realign. Under the new structure, there will 35 ROEs and three Intermediate Service Centers (ISCs). The Sangamon County ROE #51 will become the Sangamon-Menard County ROE #51. We welcome three school districts from Menard County: P.O.R.T.A CUSD 202, Athens CUSD 213, and Greenview CUSD 200.
Scripp's Spelling Bee
The Regional Office of Education would like to congratulate the participants in the 23rd Annual Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by The State Journal Register. Dylan Hembrough, a fifth grader at Williamsville Middle School, claimed the championship title for the region. He competed against fourth through eighth graders on March 21, 2015 at The State Journal Register and will advance to the 88th National Scripps Spelling Bee to be held in Washington, D.C. this summer. Nidhi Venigalla, a 6th grader at Glenwood Intermediate School in Chatham won second place, and Sierra Eigenmann, a 7th grader at New Berlin Junior High School in New Berlin won third place. Congratulations on a job well-done!
Changes Coming To Illinois High School Equivalency
The Illinois Community College Board by action has adopted all three high school equivalency assessments currently available: • General Educational Development (GED® Test) • Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC™) • High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®) It is believed that the two new assessments will be available in Illinois by January 2016. More information on the tests as that time nears. Please call our office if you have questions about the Illinois High School Equivalency.
Please be aware of the various deadlines regarding professional development and licensure registration. Paraprofessionals working in Sangamon County must have their licenses registered in Region 51 by December 31, 2014, or risk a penalty.
Public Act 98-610 became effective December 27, 2013. This public act changed some of the requirements for renewing the Professional Educator License endorsed in a teaching field, or in a school support personnel or administrative area.
- Educators who had a license that expired June 30, 2014 must enter and submit professional development through the ELIS and renew/register the license by August 31, 2014. Any educator who does not complete these requirements will have a lapsed license and not be allowed in the classroom on September 1, 2014. The lapsed license will require a payment of a $500 penalty, entering completed professional into ELIS before the license will be reinstated and being allowed back into the classroom.
- Credit for all professional development activities completed on or before June 30, 2014 must be entered into ELIS by December 31, 2014.
- Credit for all professional development activities earned after July 1, 2014 must be entered within 60 days of completing the activity.