District 203

The District 203 Board of Education held a special meeting to review progress on FOCUS 2020.

Introduced in 2014, FOCUS 2020 is the strategic plan for improvements throughout the district, to be completed by 2020.

At the meeting, officials presented status updates on projects like the ELL and dual language program, student internships and all day kindergarten.

They also discussed potential changes to college readiness testing, due to budget conflicts at the state level, something another Midwest state recently experienced.

“Both College Board and ACT submitted proposals for what that could look like in Michigan, those proposals were considered and Michigan decided on the SAT as the test they were going to use instead of the ACT. We have a history in our state of using the ACT, but there’s some discussion of if that would change to the SAT or not,” said Tim Wierenga, Assistant Superintendent of Assessment & Analytics for District 203.

Illinois’ contract with the ACT expired June 30th and has yet to be renewed, leaving room for the SAT to make a proposal.

If the state decides to cut funding for the tests, students will have to pay out-of-pocket to take either exam.

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