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 1        AN ACT relating to education.

 2        Be it enacted by the People of  the  State  of  Illinois,
 3    represented in the General Assembly:

 4        Section  5.   The  School  Code  is  amended  by changing
 5    Section 2-3.25d as follows:

 6        (105 ILCS 5/2-3.25d) (from Ch. 122, par. 2-3.25d)
 7        Sec. 2-3.25d.  Academic watch list.  Those  schools  that
 8    are   not  meeting  the  standards  of  academic  performance
 9    measured by the State assessment of  student  performance  as
10    specified by the State Board of Education may be placed on an
11    academic  watch  list established by the State Superintendent
12    of Education after serving for 2 years on the State Board  of
13    Education Early Academic Warning List and shall be subject to
14    an   on-site  visitation  to  determine  whether  extenuating
15    circumstances exist as to why a school or schools should  not
16    be   placed   on   an   academic  watch  list  by  the  State
17    Superintendent of Education.  However, only scores  on  State
18    assessments of students enrolled in a school on or before the
19    last  school  day  in September of the school year in which a
20    State assessment  is  given  shall  be  used  in  determining
21    whether a school is placed on the Early Academic Warning List
22    or an academic watch list.
23        A  school  district  that  has one or more schools on the
24    academic watch list shall submit a revised School Improvement
25    Plan or  amendments  thereto  setting  forth  the  district's
26    expectations  for  removing  each school in the district from
27    the academic watch list and for improving student performance
28    in that school. Districts operating under Article 34  of  The
29    School  Code  may submit the School Improvement Plan required
30    under Section 34-2.4.   If  any  district  submits  a  School
31    Improvement  Plan which exceeds 2 years in duration, the Plan
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 1    shall contain provisions for evaluation and determination  as
 2    to   the   improvement   of  student  performance  or  school
 3    improvement after no later than 2 years. The  revised  School
 4    Improvement  Plan or amendments thereto shall be developed in
 5    consultation with the staff of the affected school  and  must
 6    be  approved by the local board of education and the school's
 7    local school council for districts operating under Article 34
 8    of the School Code. Revised School Improvement Plans must  be
 9    submitted   for  approval  to  the  State  Superintendent  of
10    Education pursuant to rules and  regulations  promulgated  by
11    the State Board of Education.  The revised School Improvement
12    Plan   shall   address   specific,  measurable  outcomes  for
13    improving student performance so that such performance equals
14    or exceeds standards set for the school by the State Board of
15    Education.
16        A school or schools shall remain on  the  academic  watch
17    list  for  at  least  one  full  academic  year.  During each
18    academic year for which a school is  on  the  academic  watch
19    list  it  shall  continue to be evaluated and assessed by the
20    State Board of Education as to whether it is meeting outcomes
21    identified in its revised School Improvement Plan.
22        The  provisions  of  this  Section  are  subject  to  the
23    provisions of Section 2-3.25k.
24    (Source: P.A. 89-398, eff. 8-20-95; 89-698, eff. 1-14-97.)

25        Section 99.  Effective date.  This Act takes effect  upon
26    becoming law.