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This survey is part of an evaluative study by the Illinois State Board of Education's Professional Review Panel, a legislatively created group (see Public Act 100-0465PDF Document) that reviews and recommends modifications to the Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) formula. Your school has been selected to share how expenditures (full-time equivalencies [FTE] and per-pupil investments) changed from the baseline 2017-18 school year to 2018-19 because your student achievement scores, including student subgroups, increased during this time period. We would like to know how, if at all, the additional EBF may relate to increased achievement.

Your answers to this survey will be aggregated with data from other survey respondents and will be reported together to show combined trends. Completion of this survey is your consent to participate in the study. You are free to answer all or none of the questions without repercussions. This study has been reviewed by the Institutional Review Board at Northern Illinois University (Protocol #HS22-0033). If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the Director of Research at ISBEResearch@isbe.net. Data gathered for this study are not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.

Note that there may be questions about how to account for staff that have different position titles and/or for those positions whose work does not match the statutory descriptions listed below. We recommend you exclude these positions or investments entirely from your response. For example, transportation and early childhood education are outside the scope of EBF and will not align with Adequacy Target investments, so they should not be included in your responses. Additionally, the Employment Information System (EIS) and Annual Financial Report (AFR) codes listed below are not directly linked to the EBF Cost Factors, so they should be merely used as additional guidance as needed. EIS and AFR codes and position names are listed on the last page of the survey. Similarly, we have included two investment categories, debt repayment and social-emotional wellness, which are not a part of the EBF Adequacy Target but are two categories that we are interested in learning more about. We also have included an “other” category in which you may report an investment category for​ which your district used a substantial amount of Evidence-Based Funding.​​

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