Board Briefs: Fall 2022 Curriculum Workshop

board briefs fall 2022 curriculum workshop

The District 58 Board of Education held a Curriculum Workshop on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022 at O’Neill Middle School. View the agenda. View the meeting video. 

2021-22 Year End Data and School Improvement

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Justin Sisul shared an overview of 2021-22 school year Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) and Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) testing data using the District’s new ECRA assessment data platform. Using students’ prior performance data as well as local norms, ECRA annually creates a personalized projection for each student. 

The projections indicate the expected level of performance for each student on MAP, AIMSWeb and IAR assessments that will be taken throughout the year. After each assessment, District 58 reviews whether students have met their achievement benchmark (correlated to proficiency on the state assessment/IAR). Growth is determined by the distance between the student’s projected score and their actual score; this can be reviewed for each individual student as well as any group of students. 

Sisul publicly shared growth and proficiency reports regarding the District overall, schools, grade levels and subgroups. These reports showed how well District 58 students performed on their 2021-22 assessments, as compared to their projections. 

These reports found that students overall showed greater growth on the spring 2022 IAR test than on the spring 2022 MAP test. In addition, students overall exhibited higher growth in Math than in Reading/English-Language Arts (ELA). A combination growth report measured all IAR and MAP test results for both Math and Reading/ELA. Overall, all District 58 schools are making “Expected Growth” in both Math and Reading/ELA.

Sisul also shared proficiency reports using spring 2022 IAR data. Overall, District 58 students exactly met their projected ELA benchmark and exceeded their projected Math benchmark by eight percentage points. 

Each District 58 school’s Instructional Leadership Team has analyzed their school’s data for targeted areas of improvement. Each school established one or two measurable goals focused on these targeted areas as part of the school’s improvement process. District 58 principals shared their school improvement plan with staff and posted it on their website. 

Committee Overview

Mr. Sisul was joined by Curriculum Coordinators Christine Priester, Sandy Cristobal and Eleni Gajewski, as well as Assistant Superintendent for Special Services Jessica Stewart, to provide progress updates on the following committees:

  • English-Language Arts
  • Multi-Tiered Support Systems
  • Differentiation & Assessment
  • Gifted
  • Social Studies
  • Dual Language
  • Writing
  • Science
  • Math
  • Curriculum Council
  • District Equity Leadership Team
  • Professional Learning Council
  • Social-Emotional Learning Curricular Audit Committee
  • Key Performance Indicator Working Group
  • View slides 38-58 to learn more (this section starts at approximately the presentation’s midpoint).
  • Click here to watch this section of the meeting video (45:26 minute marker). Please note: there was an audio glitch that periodically affected audio for approximately nine minutes between the 53:30 and 1:05:00 minute markers.

Illinois Report Card and Summative Designations

Sisul shared that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will publish the 2022 school report cards on Thursday, Oct. 27 at This report card presents metrics on every Illinois school, including student growth, school funding and demographics. It also gives each school a summative designation - a descriptor of how well the school is meeting its student needs. New this year, the report card will track schools’ progress on the Equity Journey Continuum. This continuum is an informational tool that helps districts track their progress toward closing gaps in student achievement, opportunities and supports.

Due to COVID-19, this is the first year since 2019 that schools will receive a summative designation. As part of the Illinois Every Student Succeeds Act, ISBE evaluates every Illinois preK-8 school on eight indicators: English-language arts academic growth (25%); math academic growth (25%); English-language arts proficiency (7.5%); math proficiency (7.5%); science proficiency (5%); English learner progress to proficiency (5%); chronic absenteeism (20%); and climate survey participation (5%). ISBE uses data from these indicators to give each school a summative designation, or a rating, in one of four tiers. The tiers are: Exemplary School (Tier I), Commendable School (Tier 2), Underperforming School (Tier 3) and Lowest Performing School (Tier 4). These designations are designed to identify schools that need targeted support. 

Parents/guardians will receive their individual school's designation, along with more information, on Oct. 27. In addition, the District will have a full discussion about the report card data at the Nov. 12 Board meeting and hold informational forums regarding school report cards at individual schools in November.

Public Comment

The Board received comments and questions from a parent regarding handwriting, measurement of assessment results for high-achieving students, the District’s curriculum screening process and the naming of its Gifted/Extend program.

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 3:45 p.m.: Legislative Committee Meeting at O’Neill
  • Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 a.m.: Financial Advisory Committee at O’Neill
  • Monday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.: Regular Board Meeting at Downers Grove Village Hall

District 58 Board of Education members are: Darren Hughes, president; Gregory Harris, vice president; Kirat Doshi, Melissa Ellis, Emily Hanus, Steven Olczyk and Tracy Weiner, with Dr. Kevin Russell, superintendent; and Melissa Jerves, board secretary.