| For Immediate Release
June 16, 2004
State Board of Education adds Supplemental Educational
Springfield, Ill. Recognizing the need for more
approved tutoring services for school districts who are
not meeting state standards, the Illinois State Board
Wednesday approved 21 additional providers. The addition
of providers brings the total to 52 approved providers.
The additional Supplemental Service Providers were presented
to the board Wednesday, months after ISBE reached out
to providers throughout the Midwest and invited them to
apply for approval in Illinois. The board also approved
a technique and standards for monitoring the SES providers.
We recognized the need to bring more SES providers
on board and we are certainly proud of the response,
State Superintendent Robert Schiller said. We are
committed to working on behalf of districts to bring on
additional providers, so that all areas of the state are
Supplemental Educational Services are used to increase
the academic achievement of eligible children in reading
and mathematics through tutoring and other high-quality
academic enrichment services that are provided in addition
to school day instruction.
Schools receiving federal Title I funds are required
to provide supplemental educational services for students
if they fail to make adequate yearly progress on state
standards-based assessments for three consecutive years.
In such schools, parents are allowed to select providers
from the list of approved SES providers, and districts
then contract with the approved providers for services
to eligible students. Districts may use a portion of their
current federal Title I funding to pay for the services.
To be placed on the approved list, educational service
providers must, at a minimum, demonstrate that their programs
are effective, research based, aligned with the Illinois
Learning Standards, and staffed by qualified employees.
The updated approved SES list may be reviewed at http://www.isbe.net/nclb/htmls/sesp.htm