The Illinois State Board of Education is dedicated to developing highly prepared and effective teachers for all Illinois students. Beginning September 1, 2015, all teacher candidates enrolled in a teacher preparation program in Illinois must complete the edTPA.

Illinois recognizes the need for a common, standards- and performance-based assessment of teaching effectiveness that measures the classroom readiness of teacher candidates and provides information for program improvement. The edTPA is designed to ensure that those who become teachers not only understand educational theory and subject matter content, but can demonstrate their ability to lead a classroom and support students in their learning. New teachers have to be effective from day one.

The edTPA is a performance-based, subject-specific assessment that measures effectiveness in the classroom by focusing on student learning. The edTPA uses processes similar to National Board certification insofar as candidates are required to provide evidence of their practice through the submission of video and other artifacts.

For more info see the document below.

Each first grader at Altamont Grade School recently received his/her own copy of My Favorite Book. This book instills the positive character traits that will hopefully stay with them throughout their lives. These include: good manners, responsibility, friendship, family, community, staying healthy, and emergency procedures. My Favorite Book is being made available through the generosity of local businesses. The first graders would like to thank the following businesses for contributing to the purchase of this book:

  • Irwin Telescopic Seating Company
  • Peoples Bank & Trust
  • Carriage House Event Center
  • R & H Plumbing and Heating
  • Country Financial
  • CBert's Body Shop
  • Altamont Lumber
  • Promark Advertising, Inc.
School Messenger
Altamont Schools is in the process of migrating from School Reach to School Messenger. School Reach was recently acquired by School Messenger and as part of that process all School Reach accounts are becoming School Messenger accounts.
How will the affect you?
If you are the parent or guardian of an ACUSD#10 student you may have received phone calls that start out with "This is School Reach calling . . ." That pre message may change. Also School Messenger pulls the student home phone number directly from Teacher Ease so whatever home phone number is listed for your son or daughter in Teacher Ease that is the number the system is going to call.


Also - if you have any School Reach smart phone apps that are using the ACUSD#10 accounts please be aware that those will stop working on or about December 2nd as the changeover should be complete by that time.

LASTLY If you get a call from either of our automated calling systems and it is calling the wrong number or you do not have a student attending ACUSD#10 schools please call the school office that made the call. (AGS - 618-483-5171 / ACHS 618-483-6193). When you call please give us the phone number that the system is calling and if possible what student might be tied to that number.

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