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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 principal investigator, Dr. Barbara Thomas, 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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Please complete the following table by providing full-time equivalencies (1.0 = one full time employee) of people who were employed at your school during each of the school years in question (2017-18 and 2018-19).

Position / Investment EBF Definition Grade Span 2017-18
School Year
2018-19
School Year
Core Teachers "Regular classroom teacher in elementary schools and teachers of a core subject in middle and high schools."
EIS Code - 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 207, 208, 209, 210, 250, 251, 308, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 608, 609, 611, 699
K - 3
  N/A
  N/A
4 - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Specialist Teacher "Teacher who provides instruction in subject areas not included in core subjects, including, but not limited to, art, music, physical education, health, driver education, career-technical education, and such other subject areas as may be mandated by State law or provided by an Organizational Unit."
EIS Code - 601, 608, 208
K - 8
  N/A
  N/A
9 - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Instructional Facilitator "A qualified teacher or licensed teacher leader who facilitates and coaches continuous improvement in classroom instruction; provides instructional support to teachers in the elements of research-based instruction or demonstrates the alignment of instruction with curriculum standards and assessment tools; develops or coordinates instructional programs or strategies; develops and implements training; chooses standards-based instructional materials; provides teachers with an understanding of current research; serves as a mentor, site coach, curriculum specialist, or lead teacher; or otherwise works with fellow teachers, in collaboration, to use data to improve instructional practice or develop model lessons."
EIS Code - 306, 308
Also consider instructional coaches, mentors, site coaches, curriculum specialists, or lead teachers.
All
  N/A
  N/A
Core Intervention Teacher "A (tutor) means a licensed teacher providing one-on-one or small group tutoring to students struggling to meet proficiency in core subjects."
EIS Code - 311
PK - 5
  N/A
  N/A
6 - 8
  N/A
  N/A
9 - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Substitute Teachers "An individual teacher or teaching assistant who is employed by an Organizational Unit and is temporarily serving the Organizational Unit on a per diem or per period-assignment basis replacing another staff member." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Guidance Counselor "A licensed guidance counselor who provides guidance and counseling support for students within an Organizational Unit."
EIS Code - 372
Also consider family outreach workers, social-emotional support specialist.
PK - 5
  N/A
  N/A
6 - 8
  N/A
  N/A
9 - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Nurse "An individual licensed as a certified school nurse, in accordance with the rules established for nursing services by the State Board, who is an employee of and is available to provide health care-related services for students of an Organizational Unit."
EIS Code - 374
PK - 5
  N/A
  N/A
6 - 8
  N/A
  N/A
9 - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Supervisory Aide "Non-licensed staff member who helps in supervising students of an Organizational Unit, but does so outside of the classroom, in situations such as, but not limited to, monitoring hallways and playgrounds, supervising lunchrooms, or supervising students when being transported in buses serving the Organizational Unit." PK - 5
  N/A
  N/A
6 - 8
  N/A
  N/A
9 - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Librarian "A teacher with an endorsement as a library information specialist or another individual whose primary responsibility is overseeing library resources within an Organizational Unit."
EIS Code - 309
PK - 5
  N/A
  N/A
6 - 8
  N/A
  N/A
9 - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Librarian Aide "A teacher with an endorsement as a library information specialist or another individual whose primary responsibility is overseeing library resources within an Organizational Unit."
EIS Code - 311
PK - 5
  N/A
  N/A
6 - 8
  N/A
  N/A
9 - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Principal "School administrator duly endorsed to be employed as a principal in this State."
EIS Code -103
PK - 5
  N/A
  N/A
6 - 8
  N/A
  N/A
9 - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Assistant Principal "School administrator duly endorsed to be employed as a principal in this State."
EIS Code - 104
PK - 5
  N/A
  N/A
6 - 8
  N/A
  N/A
9 - 12
  N/A
  N/A
School Site Staff "The primary school secretary and any additional clerical personnel assigned to a school." PK - 5
  N/A
  N/A
6 - 8
  N/A
  N/A
9 - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Other:
  N/A
  N/A
Other:
  N/A
  N/A

For part 2 of this survey, please indicate the total dollars spent for each of the following student investment categories during the two school years (2017-18 and 2018-19). Please note that we are asking you to report total dollars spent, including EBF.

Investment EBF Definition Grade Span 2017-18
School Year
2018-19
School Year
Gifted "A child shall be considered gifted and talented in any area of aptitude, and, specifically, in language arts and mathematics, by scoring in the top 5% locally in that area of aptitude."
AFR - 1650
K - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Professional Development "Training programs for licensed staff in schools, including, but not limited to, programs that assist in implementing new curriculum programs; provide data focused or academic assessment data training to help staff identify a student's weaknesses and strengths; target interventions; improve instruction; encompass instructional strategies for English Learner, gifted, or at-risk students; address inclusivity, cultural sensitivity, or implicit bias; or otherwise provide professional support for licensed staff." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Instructional Materials "Relevant instructional materials for student instruction, including, but not limited to, textbooks, consumable workbooks, laboratory equipment, library books, and other similar materials."
AFR - 1100, 1135, 1200, 1225, 1250, 1275, 1300, 1400, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1900- Object 400
PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Assessments "Any of those benchmark, progress monitoring, formative, diagnostic, and other assessments, in addition to the State accountability assessment, that assist teachers' needs in understanding the skills and meeting the needs of the students they serve."
AFR - 2230
PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Computer & Tech Equipment "Computers servers, notebooks, network equipment, copiers, printers, instructional software, security software, curriculum management courseware, and other similar materials and equipment." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Student Activities "Non-credit producing after-school programs, including, but not limited to, clubs, bands, sports, and other activities authorized by the school board of the Organizational Unit."
AFR - 1500
PK - 5
  N/A
  N/A
6 - 8
  N/A
  N/A
9 - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Maintenance & Operations "Custodial services, facility and ground maintenance, facility operations, facility security, routine facility repairs, and other similar services and functions."
AFR - 2540
PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Central Office "Individual administrators and support service personnel charged with managing the instructional programs, business and operations, and security of the Organizational Unit."
AFR - 2300, 2500, 2600
PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Employee Benefits "Health, dental, and vision insurance offered to employees of an Organizational Unit, the costs associated with statutorily required payment of the normal cost of the Organizational Unit's teacher pensions, Social Security employer contributions, and Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund employer contributions." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Debt Repayment PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Social-Emotional Wellness PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Other:
  N/A
  N/A

For Part 3, please complete the following table by providing full-time equivalencies (1.0 = one full time employee) of people who were employed at your school to provide additional supports to low-income students, English Learners, or students with disabilities during each of the school years in question (2017-18 and 2018-19).

Definitions for additional investments:

  • Intervention Teacher: A (tutor) means a licensed teacher providing one-on-one or small group tutoring to students struggling to meet proficiency in core subjects.
  • Pupil Support: Means a nurse, psychologist, social worker, family liaison personnel, or other staff member who provides support to at-risk or struggling students.
  • Extended Day Teacher: 'Extended day' means academic and enrichment programs provided to students outside the regular school day before and after school or during non-instructional times during the school day.
  • Summer School Teacher: 'Summer school' means academic and enrichment programs provided to students during the summer months outside of the regular school year.
Student Sub Group Investment EBF Definition Grade Span 2017-18
School Year
2018-19
School Year
Low-Income Students Intervention Teacher "One FTE intervention teacher (tutor) position for every 125 Low-Income Count students." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Pupil Support "One FTE intervention teacher (tutor) position for every 125 Low-Income Count students." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Extended Day Teacher "One FTE pupil support position for every 120 Low-Income Count students." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Summer School Teacher "One FTE summer school teacher position for every 120 Low-Income Count students." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
English Learners Intervention Teacher "One FTE intervention teacher (tutor) position for every 125 English Learner students." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Pupil Support "One FTE pupil support staff position for every 125 English Learner students." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Extended Day Teacher "One FTE extended day teacher position for every 120 English Learner students." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Summer School Teacher "One FTE summer school teacher position for every 120 English Learner students." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
English Learner Core Teacher "One FTE core teacher position for every 100 English Learner students."
EIS Code - 202, 203
PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Students with Disabilities Special Education Teacher EIS Code - 250 PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Instructional Assistant "A core or special education, non-licensed employee who assists a teacher in the classroom and provides academic support to students."
EIS Code - 310
PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Psychologist EIS Code - 377 PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A

Core Teacher: Teacher (200), Reading Teacher (201), Bilingual Education Teacher (202), English as a Second Language Teacher (203), Visiting International Teacher (204), Speech Language Pathology Teacher (207), Career and Technical Educator (208), Special Education Teacher (250), Bilingual Special Education Teacher (251), Resource Teacher Arts (Visual Art, Music, Drama, and Theater) (601), Resource Teacher History (602), Resource Teacher Government/Political Science (603), Resource Teacher English/Language Arts (604), Resource Teacher Reading (605), Resource Teacher Math (606), Resource Teacher Science (607), Resource Teacher Foreign Language (608), Resource Teacher Economics (609), Resource Teacher Elementary (610), Research Teacher Other (611), Citywide Resource Teacher- CPS ONLY (699)

Guidance Counselor: 372

Social Worker: 379

School Psychologist: 377

Librarian/Media Specialist: 309

School Nurse: 374

Principal: 103

Assistant Principal: 104

Regular Programs (1100), Special Education Programs (1200), Special Education Programs Pre-K (1225), Remedial and Supplemental Programs K-12 (1250), Remedial and Supplemental Programs Pre-K (1275), Adult/Continuing Education Programs (1300), CTE Programs (1400), Interscholastic Programs (1500), Summer School Programs (1600), Gifted Programs (1650), Driver 's Education Programs (1700), Bilingual Programs (1800), Truant Alternative & Optional Programs (1900), Assessment & Testing (2230), Operation & Maintenance of Plant Services (2540), General Administration (2300), School Administration (2400), Business (2500), Central (2600)

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