The Pre-Kindergarten program at Bement Elementary School has received the Gold Circle of Quality in ExceleRate Illinois, the highest ranking possible from the Illinois State Board of Education.
ExceleRate unifies all of the state’s early learning programs under a common set of standards across multiple settings to provide families with important information about quality early learning programs in their community.
Amanda Musgrave is the Pre-K teacher and Emily Kuetemeyer serves as the Pre-K Aide for the district.
ExceleRate Illinois is anchored by a set of standards that focus on early learning and development and places a high priority on instructional excellence, family services, staff qualifications, professional development, and program administration.
Central to its design is the recognition of multiple forms of evidence to meet the universal standards.
Evidence is obtained through the monitoring visits conducted through National Louis University’s contract with the Illinois State Board of Education. During these monitoring visits, assessors collect evidence using the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Third Edition (ECERS-3) and the ISBE Compliance Checklist.
Each program site is awarded an ExceleRate Circle of Quality based on its Compliance and ECERS-3 scores.
Certificates to recognize the programs will be sent to the districts.