Federal and State Monitoring


A review by the staff of Federal and State Monitoring includes the audit of State Categoricals and fiscal/programmatic compliance review of State and Federal Grants.

Districts are selected for review based on the need to meet regulatory cycles and through a risk-based selection process that includes the district's geographics and size. Sources of revenue for districts are also selected for review based upon risk analysis.

Districts will be notified of an upcoming review by the receipt of an announcement letter which is sent 45 days in advance. Staff also calls in advance to arrange a mutually acceptable time and date. To be prepared for your review, you may also wish to review the checklist and list of "Proof Indicators" to know what records and documents will be needed to prepare for the visit. A new resource available on the checklist page is a resource to help districts with “Time and Effort” reporting requirements.

Every year districts are required to complete the NCLB Monitoring Instrument located in the IWAS system. There will be links to the federal guidelines, rules and regulations that govern the grants. A crosswalk between the NCLB required policies/procedures and those provided by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB) on a subscription basis is provided here. A sample of a completed Monitoring Instrument is available here (3/14). The previous year's data will load for those of you who have completed this last year. You can then update only those portions that have changed. The deadline for submitting is November 30th annually.

Districts will use the electronic resource for the annual NCLB Title I Comparability analysis. The submittal deadline is November 30th annually. The document is located on the IWAS system. Instructions for completing and filing your comparability analysis are available here or in the IWAS system.

If you have questions or need additional information you may contact our division at 217/782-7970 or e-mail

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For your convenience a "Customer Service Survey" form is available to provide us with feedback on the audit/monitoring visit experience. We welcome your comments that will help us improve our delivery of service. You may mail the form to the address at the top of the form or Fax your survey form to 217/782-2116.