• Strategic Plan 2015 
    Board of Education Looks to Community for Input into Strategic Planning Proces
    (November 2014)
    The Peoria Public School District 150 Board of Education has begun work on a new strategic plan, expected to be in place for the 2015-2016 school year. The previous strategic plan was put in place in 2011 and was completed at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. District staff continues to work under the goals of the previous plan this school year as the District’s goals and priorities are updated with input from the community.
    Board members have announced community forum meetings at each high school to hear input from staff, students, families and community members on various topics. The feedback will be considered during the spring months as the Board narrows the goals of the plan and determines associated costs before adopting final goals and asking administration to develop a road map to complete the plan.
    District 150 Strategic Planning Community Forums
       All meetings are scheduled to be held from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Meeting 1: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 @ Peoria High School (1615 N. North St.)
    Topics Covered: Safety and Security; District Facilities; Supporting Services
    Meeting 2: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 @ Richwoods High School (6301 N. University St.)
    Topics Covered: Community Relations and Communications; Employment & Volunteers;
    Fiscal Responsibility
    Meeting 3: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 @ Manual Academy (811 S. Griswold St.)
    Topics Covered: Traditional Academics; Career & Technical Education; Potential New Forms of Organization
    Meeting 4: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 @ Administration Building (3202 N. Wisconsin Ave.)
    Review of all nine topics and summary of information gathering process
    * Input will also be received on any of the above topics during the months of January and
    February through any of the contact information listed at the bottom of the District's website.
    “We are looking forward to engaging the community as we develop the goals and priorities to continue growing our District and our students,” said Board President Debbie Wolfmeyer.
    Peoria High School, Richwoods High School and Manual Academy will each host one of the three meetings and will cover three of the nine topics decided on by Board Members this fall. A final meeting will be held at the Administration Building to get additional feedback on each topic. A presentation on the new strategic plan is expected at the start of next school year once it is adopted by the Board of Education. The 2011-2014 plan included three SMART Goals:
    1. By the year 2014, 70% of all District students will meet or exceed grade-level standards in Reading as measured by the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE).
    2. By the year 2014, 77% of all District students will meet or exceed grade-level standards in Mathematics as measured by the ISAT and PSAE.
    3. By the year 2014, 90% of District students and teachers will access and use technology learning tools and resources across the curriculum.
    While targets and objectives supporting the three SMART goals have and will continue through the current school year and beyond, the way the District monitors student progress has changed since the initial plan was implemented, partly due to changes in the State’s student assessment requirements. During the three year plan, the State of Illinois changed the cut scores of ISAT, the State’s mandated assessment, and began infusing questions aligned to the Common Core, which target different grade levels than the test’s previous questions. As a result, a majority of Districts across the State noticed significant drops in scores during the 2013 school year. The final ISAT and PSAE assessments were administered in March 2014. Peoria Public Schools utilizes Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) assessments to measure student growth throughout each school year. The Peoria Federation of Teachers has also chosen the NWEA assessment as one option to be utilized for the student growth component in teacher evaluations as required by the Illinois Performance Evaluation Reform Act (PERA) of 2010.
    These changes are noted and updated in the current strategic plan which can be found on the District’s website: www.psd150.org/strategicplan
    To read more about some of the priorities in the previous strategic plan, visit one of the links below from our Remarkable Times newsletters: