June 25, 2018

Regional Superintendent, Tammy L. Muerhoff, Message

Regional Superintendent’s Message Summer 2018

With daylight savings day officially passed, I am certain others are anticipating the warmer temperatures and Spring weather just as I am. Have a   wonderful remainder of the school year and a fantastic Summer.

Thank you for all you do for the students in your classrooms and in your school buildings!

Please note that there has been a change for the availability of licensure renewal in ELIS due to a significant number of types of licenses that are anticipated to renew at the conclusion of FY18.

Information from the Illinois State Board of Education follows:

Licensure Renewal Staggering:

This year, more than 200,000 educators will have licenses up for renewal. To put this number in perspective, approximately 60,000 educator licenses are normally up for renewal in a given year. The 2018 renewal year is much larger than usual because it is the first year that educators who were issued a substitute teaching license (SUB) or educator license with stipulations endorsed for paraprofessional (ELS-PARA) in the 2013 certificate-to-licensure exchange will be able to renew these licenses.

As this licensure renewal season is upon us, the ISBE is focused on educators having the best experience possible with the Educator Licensure Information System. To prevent the system from overloading due to increased user traffic, ISBE will stagger renewal periods for educators according to license type.

  • Educators who hold a PEL and ELS-CTE license, with an expiration of 6/30/2018, may renew beginning April 1, 2018.
  • Educators who hold an ELS-PARA license, with an expiration of 6/30/2018, may renew beginning April 15, 2018.
  • Educators who hold a SUB license, with an expiration of 6/30/2018, may renew beginning May 1, 2018.

The “renewal” link in educators’ action centers will not be activated until the dates identified above.

Middle Grade Endorsements

Any applications for 5-8 middle grade endorsements submitted on or after February 1, 2018 will be evaluated under the new middle grade requirements. Educators who already hold a middle school or junior high endorsement on their license will need to provide proof of 24 semester hours + applicable tests in order to add a middle grade endorsement. Educators holding a junior high endorsement will NOT have to complete a full or focused program in middle grades.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL ENDORSEMENT CHANGES

Beginning February 1, 2018:

 All “New” middle grades endorsements will be earned by completing an Illinois approved middle grades program; and

 All “Subsequent” middle grades endorsements will be earned by completing 21 semester hours of content-specific coursework, 3 semester hours of content-specific methodology coursework focused on the middle grades, and passing the applicable content area test(s).

Also, beginning February 1, 2018, middle grades endorsements will be available to educators prepared as middle grades educators at out-of-state institutions.

These endorsements allow educators to teach specific content areas in grades 5-8.

For more information on these Middle School endorsements click here

ISBE Updates and Links

New Law:  HB2470 is now PA100-0008.  View full text here  The new law allows for the following:

  • Career and Technical Educator (CTE) endorsements may be issued to individuals who have 60 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited IHE or from an accredited trade and technical institution
  • Provisional Career and Technical educator endorsements can be renewed multiple times (was previously only renewable once) and 20 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited IHE is no longer required for renewal

New Vacancy Map:  Check out the new statewide unfilled positions map here: view here  You can also access the map from the “Educator Licensure” section of the ISBE website.

NEW ISBE Calendar

ISBE has added a useful, filterable calendar.  You can use it to filter due dates.  Click here and start using it.

CONTIG Results

The 35th annual CONTIG contest, held on February 21, 2017,  was a huge success.  (for more pictures click here)

Congratulations to the overall winners in each grade:

4th Grade

1st place – Ali Ehrhardt – Andalusia, Rockridge School District

2nd place – Hailey Ross – Jordan Catholic

3rd place – Jesus Munoz – Our Lady of Grace

 

5th Grade

1st place –Deepak Badri – Bicentennial, Moline School District

2nd place –Dawson Peterson – Riverdale, Riverdale School District

3rd place – Jackson Bennett – Earl Hanson, Rock Island School District

 

6th Grade

1st place – Macy Walston – Riverdale, Riverdale School District

2nd place – Grant Sibley – John Deere, Moline School District

3rd place – Iris Reynolds – Jordan Catholic

A huge thank you goes out to Woodrow Wilson Jr High for hosting both events and for all the teachers and family members who continue to support and volunteer during these events.

 

ParaPro Assessment Test at RIROE

parapro_header_logo_140x72What is the ParaPro Assessment Test?
The ParaPro Assessment Test measures the skills and knowledge in reading, writing and math possessed by prospective and practicing paraprofessionals.  It also measures their ability to apply those skills and knowledge when assisting in classroom instruction.  It was designed to satisfy the requirements of the federally legislated NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT.

Who Takes the Test?
If you are going to apply for a paraprofessional educator license you must have a high school diploma or GED; and must meet one of the following requirements:

  • have completed at least 60 semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited institution
  • hold an Associate/Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • completed and earned the following scores on the Work Keys test:  Reading for Information (4), Writing/Business Writing (3), Applied Math (4)
  • Or you must present an official score report from Educational Testing Service (ETS) showing a score of 460 or higher on the ParaPro Assessment Test

How, Where and Who?
The test takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to complete and is completed on the computer.  Test subjects include: reading, writing, and math.  There are 90 multiple choice questions, approximately 2/3 of which focus on basic skills and knowledge.  The remaining 1/3 focuses on applying skills in the classroom and the complete test questions are given in English.

Registration, Cost, Results
To register for the ParaPro test please contact the ROE at 309/736-1111.  The Cost for this test is $65 cash or you can use a debit or credit card for a cost of $68.00.  You will be able to access, view and download scores after the test but official score reports will be mailed to test takers approximately 2-3 weeks from the date of the test.  If you do not pass the ParaPro Test you must wait upto 21 days before you can retake it.

ISBE Licensure Fees
You must go to www.isbe.net click on “ELIS” create an account for a ParaProfessional License and fill out the application.  The cost of the license on ISBE is $101.75 ($100 for license and $1.75 card fee) then once you have been approved for the license you must submit your high school diploma and either a official transcript showing your 60 or more semester hours; or Associates/Bachelors Degree; or test results from either the ParaPro Assessment test or Work Keys test.  Don’t forget once all of this has been approved you must register your license in the county that you are going to be working in!  There is a fee of $51.75 for registering your license ($50.00 for license and $1.75 card fee).

Click here for help to register for your ParaProfessional License

HOW TO APPLY FOR OR RENEW YOUR PEL OR ELS LICENSE ON ELIS

1.  Go torenew www.isbe.net click on ELIS at the top of the page.

2.  Follow the “click here link” from the Educators Access on the left side of the page.

3.  If you are a new ELIS user you will follow the direction on the RIGHT side of the page (FORMER ECS USERS OR FIRST TIME ACCESS TO ELIS SYSTEM)

4.  If you have created a login and password previously you will follow the direction on left side of the page.

5.  If you are new to ELIS fill in the required fields and create login and password.

6.  Please remember login and password as ROE DOES NOT have access to passwords.

7.  If you have completed the first step or sign up process you now have access to the new ELIS system.

8.  From this page click the “CONTINUE” button to access your ELIS credential page.

9.  At your page (ACTION CENTER BOX) you will be able to review deficiency and renew/register and/or reinstate your license.  You will also be able to enter Professional Development Hours, apply for endorsement, edit contact information and update your employment status.

10.  If you are up for renewal this year and already have a “PEL” you MUST submit your Professional Development Hours first then be directed back to your Action Center for Renewal.  Renewal window is open from April 1 – June 30th!

PLEASE CONTACT LORI AT THE RIROE FOR ANY GUIDANCE THROUGH THE ELIS SYSTEM
309/736-1111

Additional Services Provided

 

  • Fingerprinting Services (The Firm) provided Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • Illinois Licensure Teacher Testing System (ILTS) Tuesday & Thursday please click on link (ILTS) to schedule your testing

  • GED Testing Site provided Tuesday & Thursdays please go to (Pearson VUE) to sign up and register

  • GED Constitution Testing provided each Friday please call 309/736-1111 to schedule a test

  • Paraprofessional Testing provided on Tuesday & Thursday please call 309/736-1111 to schedule a test or for more information click here

 

Directions to our location:

  • From the North:  280E/US-61 S.  Keep straight onto I-74 E/ I-280 E.  At exit 18B, take ramp right for I-74 West/US-6 West toward Moline.  At exit 3, take ramp right and follow signs for Avenue of the Cities.  Turn right onto Avenue of the Cities.  At light on intersection of 34th Street and Avenue of the Cities the Coolidge School Building on your right is the location.  Turn Right onto 34th Street and then a left into the parking lot.
  • From the West:  I-280 W Merge onto I-74 W/US-6 W via Exit 5A toward Moline.  Merge onto John Deere Rd/IL-5 via Exit 4B.  Turn left onto 60th Street which becomes Kennedy Dr.  Turn right onto Avenue of the Cities.  At light on intersection of 34th Street and Avenue of the Cities the Coolidge School Building on your left is the location.  Turn left onto 34th Street and then a left into the parking lot.
  • From the West: I-88W/92.  Turns into Rt 5/92. Take 74W/Highway 6.  Turn right onto Avenue of the Cities.  At light on intersection of 34th Street and Avenue of the Cities the Coolidge School Building on your right is the location.  Turn Right onto 34th Street and then a left into the parking lot.
  • From the East:  280 W.  At exit 5B, take ramp right for US-6 East toward Quad City/Airport.  Take ramp right for I-280 East/I-74 East toward Chicago/Peoria.  At exit 18B, take ramp right for I-74 West / US-6 West toward Moline.  At exit 3, take ramp right and follow signs for Avenue of the Cities.  Turn right onto Avenue of the Cities.  At light on intersection of 34th Street and Avenue of the Cities the Coolidge School Building on your right is the location.  Turn Right onto 34th Street and then a left into the parking lot.
  • From the East: I-80 E take 74 E.  Cross over the river to IL. take 2nd Exit to Avenue of the Cities travel East to 34th Street.  At light on intersection of 34th Street and Avenue of the Cities the Coolidge School Building on your right is the location.  Turn Right onto 34th Street and then a left into the parking lot.
  • From the South:  I-280 E. Keep straight onto I-74 E. / I-280 E. At exit 18B, take ramp right for I-74 West/US-6 West toward Moline.  At exit 3, take ramp right and follow signs for Avenue of the Cities.  At light on intersection of 34th Street and Avenue of the Cities the Coolidge School Building on your right is the location.  Turn Right onto 34th Street and then a left into the parking lot.

 

GED Constitution Testing

The Constitution test is still a requirement of the G.E.D. testing in Illinois and is administered at no cost.  In order to schedule your constitution test please call 309/736-1111, testing is only given on Friday’s at 9AM.  Results are given right away and you may retake the test right then if you failed.  You must have made an appointment to test, no walk-ins.  Please arrive 15 minutes early in order to get through the registration process.

The ROE no longer has study guides so for information and other help please click here

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