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CHAMPAIGN – It's not often that students are asked to destroy their UFOs.
But the command came frequently in a game-design computer class, part of Parkland College's fourth annual Tour IT career information program for high school students.
URBANA – Annual testing is a key to the federal No Child Left Behind education plan that ties schools' status – and future funding – to performance on those tests.
The law imposes increasingly serious sanctions against schools that fail to make "adequate yearly progress" annually. But states set the standards.
BEMENT – School administrators say they can't make targeted plans to help students learn if they don't know results of achievement tests they took last spring.
State school officials now say scores for the Illinois Standards Achievement Tests – the foundation for most school improvement plans and for work plans for individual students – won't be released until January at the earliest.
CHAMPAIGN – University of Illinois students showed off their ideas Thursday evening of what a new school campus in Champaign might look like.
School officials and community members heard about ideas for a Great Campus in north Champaign that would include Stratton Elementary School, the Early Childhood Center and Columbia Center.
URBANA – Though Yelimane Fall doesn't speak English, he had no trouble communicating with fifth-graders from Wiley Elementary School on Thursday morning.
In a guest lesson, he – and they – spoke the language of art.
URBANA – Urbana school board members will hear Tuesday about the progress of a variety of middle school, high school and adult education programs.
The school board meets in study session at 7:30 p.m. in the Burkholder Administrative Service Center, 205 N. Race St., U.
CHAMPAIGN – The students in Kenwood Elementary School's computer lab last week were working on new computers, in a spruced-up room with new carpet, new lights and a fresh coat of paint.
Kenwood Librarian Todd Lash was using a new LCD projector to show students a Web site and direct them where to go on the site to learn about online guestbooks. He'll soon have access to other new technology to engage students.
DANVILLE – Pre-nursing students can earn a baccalaureate degree from the Lakeview College of Nursing on Eastern Illinois University's campus for at least another five years.
Lakeview and Eastern officials recently extended a deal that allows the nursing college to hold classes at the Charleston campus through 2011.
Lockdown. A chilling word.
Years ago, it was used in the context of prison riots.
Today, school teachers and principals keep lockdown plans in their desks – not to confine riots, but to respond to an armed intruder in the hallways.
CHAMPAIGN – Justin Lumetta can rattle off his stats just like a professional athlete.
Ask him how his running is going, and he'll tell you the number of laps he can get in on the playground during recess and how that's improved since last year. He'll tell you how many plastic feet he's earned for his miles, and how he's competing with a classmate who has a few more than he does.