It will be largely up to appointees of the governor whether there is a change in the superintendent’s office at the Illinois State Board of Education. The new chairman and four yet-to-be-named members will make up a majority of the board, which will decide whether to keep superintendent Chris Koch, who says he talked with members of the governor’s transition team, but, apparently, not with the governor himself.
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Everybody wants to improve education; we all agree on that. But how to get there?
“There are different avenues here,”says Koch. “There’s all kinds of controversy around things in education right now, not the least of which is testing and standards and those kinds of things, but … we have to know how students are performing against international benchmarks. I certainly don’t want Illinois to have any lower standards than our highest performing states, and I believe that the plan we are carrying out here at the State Board is a good one, and that we’ve seen incremental increases in closer performance gaps and improvements in achievement.”