Changes in Evaluations

At the latest Naperville School District 203 meeting, staff brought the board up to speed in how teachers and principals will soon be evaluated.

In 2010, Governor Quinn signed the Performance Evaluation Reform Act – or PERA.

Over the last several years, the district has put together an evaluation committee to address the new mandates of PERA.

The teacher evaluation process will add student growth as a significant factor in rating a teacher’s performance.

The state also requires all school districts to use a framework that looks at instructional methods, planning, classroom management, competency in the subject matter taught, and attendance.

School District 203’s 100 evaluators have been trained and qualified, as also required by Illinois law.

Phase II of Online Learning

The board also unanimously approved of the next phase of an online learning program as part of a collaboration among four school districts.

That group includes those in Batavia, Wheaton-Warrenville and both Naperville districts.

Together the districts, along with help from consulting firm Evergreen Education Group, have designed a strategic plan and guiding principles as part of phase I.

Phase II includes developing curriculum for the online courses, developing teaching expectations, and hiring a consortium director.

The year-one implementation will cost the district roughly $90,000, plus an ongoing cost of almost $65,000.

Online classes are expected to begin this August.

School Assignments for Arbor Trails

Lastly, the board approved of school assignments for the upcoming Arbor Trails development being built along maple avenue.

Once completed, children from the neighborhood will attend Steeple Run Elementary, Kennedy Junior High and Naperville Central High School.

The area was previously zoned as “To Be Determined” and Deputy Superintendent Kaine Osburn first proposed the assignments at the January 6TH, Board meeting.


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