Student achievement tests given to third through eighth graders will be more difficult this year. The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are meant to measure learning in areas like language and math. But the new versions given this spring will require a broader understanding of subjects. Illinois will also raise the bar for meeting learning standards, which means fewer students are likely to hit the benchmarks.
The Rockford Public School Board has named Ehren Jarrett as its new Superintendent. The board will begin contract negotiations with the possibility of Jarrett assuming his new role July 1, 2013. Interim Superintendent Robert Willis is expected to stay on until then.