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Lead Partners Overview

Lead Partners may offer services and programs designed to assist school districts [local education agencies (LEAs)] with school improvement efforts in Illinois’ persistently lowest achieving schools. These qualified entities may be contracted for these services and programs in one of two ways:

  • Directly by an LEA that has successfully competed for a School Improvement Grant pursuant to Title I div 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 or;
  • Directly with Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to support LEA activities or as part of a direst state intervention. This will include working with ISBE, the LEA, and the school.

Lead Partners are responsible for implementing coherent, whole school reform efforts that integrate structural and programmatic interventions, including daily on-site support, leadership, and assistance in the participating school and LEA. Both the LEA and the Lead Partner share accountability for the successful implementation of the selected intervention model with the ultimate goal of substantially raising student achievement. Continuation of service by a Lead Partner beyond the initial period requires available federal funding, continued status as an approved ISBE Lead Partner, and the production of evidence of significantly improved student achievement and/or achievement of the identified project goals.

FY 2016 Lead Partners List

 Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL)​

 American Institutes for Research (AIR) (formerly known as Learning Point Associates)​

 Atlantic Research Partners, Inc.​

 Cambridge Education LLC​

 Consortium for Educational Change (CEC)​

 EdisonLearning, Inc.​

 Evans Newton, Inc.​

 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (formerly known as Scholastic, Inc.)​

 Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools (IARSS)

 Johns Hopkins University — Diplomas Now

 John Hopkins University — Talent Development Secondary

 School of Social Service Administration (Network for College Success) – University of Chicago

 Southern Regional Education Board

 Strategic Learning Initiatives (SLI)

 Success for All Foundation, Inc.

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