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    To:      Illinois Superintendents

    From:  Illinois Association of School Administrators

    Re:      Implementation of Student Growth – Performance Evaluation Reform Act

    Date:   October 2, 2014

    As you are aware, the Performance Evaluation Reform Act (“PERA”) overhauled the teachers’ evaluation system in Illinois. Its most significant change is that all school districts will need to incorporate student growth into its teachers’ evaluation system by the law’s designated implementation date. Some districts have already implemented pursuant to their Student Improvement Grant, but the vast majority of Illinois School Districts have yet to implement.

    The next wave of school districts to implement student growth is set for September 2015. The law dictates that those school districts whose student performance ranks in the lowest 20 percent among all school districts must implement on September 2015. ISBE notified those school districts on September 22, 2014. School Districts that have not previously implemented and are not in the lowest 20% will need to implement the student growth component no later than September 2016.

    For all school districts that have yet to commence this process, we wanted to provide you with some baseline resources to begin this work. This work is not for the faint of heart and will take considerable time and resources. We cannot stress the importance of beginning this work and meeting statutory deadlines.

    We very much encourage you to attend any or all of the below academies/workshops and to review the below link which contains more information, as well as staying connected through this tedious time. We will continue to provide support,  resources and professional development.

    IASA Academies and Workshops for PERA Implementation:

    October 8, 2014 – All day academy at IASA Conference: PERA – Working with the Joint Committee & Student Growth Component; AAC #1459

    October 9, 2014 – Session at IASA Conference on PERA Implementation; 3 – 4:30 pm

    October 10, 2014 – Special Session for Early Implementers for PERA; 8:30 – 9:30 am

    November 21, 2014 – at Triple I Conference; Preparing for PERA Implementation; 8 am to noon.

    Click here to review "IASA Blast on PERA Training" and "PERA Resources for IASA Members".

    2014 Joint Annual Conference - PERA Presentations

    The handouts that were used in the presentations offered this year at the Preparing for PERA Implementation half-day workshop offered by IASA are listed below for your reference.

    Urbana School District #116 - Clickhere to view this handout
    Bensenville School District #2 - Click here to view this handout
    Washington School District #52 - Clickhere to view this handout
    Sandoval CUSD #501 -Click here to view this handout
    IL State Board of Education - Click here to view this handout

    PERA Resources for IASA members

    Click here to view the PERA Resources for IASA members.