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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 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 funding may relate to increased achievement.

Your answers to this survey will be aggregated with 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 is approved by the ISBE's Research Review Board. If you have any questions about the survey, please contact the Principal Investigator, Dr. Barbara Thomas, Director of Research, at ISBEResearch@isbe.net. Data will be housed at the Illinois State Board of Education and are eligible for 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 below. You may choose to exclude these positions or investments entirely from your response or you may opt to group positions with a cost factor that makes the most sense. For example, transportation and early childhood education are outside the scope of EBF and will not align with Adequacy Target investments so should not be included in your responses. Additionally, we have included two investment categories, debt repayment and social-emotional wellness, which are not a part of the EBF Adequacy Target but two categories we are interested in learning more about.​​​​​

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Part 1

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." 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" 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." All
  N/A
  N/A
Core Intervention Teacher "(tutor) means a licensed teacher providing one-on-one or small group tutoring to students struggling to meet proficiency in core subjects." 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." 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." 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." 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." 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." 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." 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

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  I verify that I have completed Part 1 of the EBF Survey and have reviewed the survey for accuracy. I understand that once I click the Submit button, I will not be able to change or add information.

Part 2

For part 2 of this survey, please indicate the total dollars spent for each of the following per 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. There is no need to calculate per-student costs.

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." 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." 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." 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." 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." 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." 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

Part 3

For part 3 of this survey, please include the dollars spent for each of the additional investment categories during two school years 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Student Sub Group Investment EBF Definition Grade Span 2017-18
School Year
2018-19
School Year
Low-Income Intervention Teacher PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Pupil Support "means a nurse, psychologist, social worker, family liaison personnel, or other staff member who provides support to at-risk or struggling students." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
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." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Summer School Teacher "'Summer school' means academic and enrichment programs provided to students during the summer months outside of the regular school year." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
English Learner Intervention Teacher PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Pupil Support PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Extended Day Teacher PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Summer School Teacher PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
English Learner Core Teacher PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Special Education Special Education Teacher 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." PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A
Psychologist PK - 12
  N/A
  N/A

Submit

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  I verify that I have completed Parts 2 and 3 of the EBF Survey and have reviewed the survey for accuracy. I understand that once I click the Submit button, I will not be able to change or add information.

Thank you for participating in this survey! We appreciate your responses.

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