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School Quality/Student Success Indicators

As stated in the ESSA State Plan for Illinois, ISBE requests feedback on the recommendations provided for the P-2, Elementary-Middle Grade, and the College and Career Readiness Indicators.  

Please submit this feedback to ESSA@isbe.net no later than February 16, 2018.

UPDATED Essa State Plan for Illinois 

ISBE submitted the ESSA State Plan for Illinois to the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on April 1, 2017.   On April 10, 2017, ED identified a section of the plan that it considered incomplete.   This section included measurements of interim progress for academic attainment, graduation rate, and English Learner proficiency.   
In the plan submitted on April 1, 2017, ISBE stated that it intends to develop measurements of interim progress based on three-year baseline data and that this data is currently unavailable due to not having three years of data from which to determine a baseline for academic attainment, graduation rate, and English Learner proficiency. 
In order for the plan to be reviewed in May 2017, ISBE provided measurements of interim progress by using the 15-year time line recommended by stakeholders for academic attainment based upon 2016 PARCC data in grades 3-12; four-year, five-year, and six-year graduation rates; and English Learner proficiency on ACCESS.
The ESSA State Plan for Illinois that contains this information was submitted to ED on May 2, 2017.   In this updated version of the plan, ISBE states that the measures of interim progress for academic attainment, graduation rate, and English Learner proficiency will be revisited once three-year composite averages are available for the data. 
On May 4, 2017, ED verified that the ESSA State Plan for Illinois is complete and it will undergo peer review between May 22-24, 2017.
View the Approved ESSA State Plan - Approved by the U.S. Department of Education - 08/30/17PDF Document.   Should you have any questions, please send them to essa@isbe.net​


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed by President Obama on Dec. 10, 2015.

This bipartisan measure reauthorizes the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the nation’s education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students.

The new law builds on key areas of progress in recent years and ongoing efforts to improve educational opportunities for all students in Illinois.

The majority of the law does takes effect in 2017-18, with implementation occurring over the next year. ISBE staff reviewed the nuances of the 1,000-page law and engaged stakeholder involvement throughout this process. ​

On March 15, 2017, the Illinois State Board of Education adopted the ESSA State Plan for Illinois​.

​Please download and share this stakeholder toolkit with your communities to communicate about the ESSA State Plan for Illinois:

ISBE held a brief webinar about the recently submitted ESSA State Plan. After more than 100 stakeholder meetings and 15 months of work, ISBE submitted the Illinois ESSA State Plan to the U.S. Department of Education on April 3. The plan can be found above. The webinar discusses the substance of the ESSA State Plan for Illinois and next steps for this work.​

The information below is organized into individual documents. All documents are in PDF​​ format unless otherwise noted.​​​​​

 ISBE ESSA Listening Tours

ISBE developed an action plan in order to gather  insight from stakeholders as the agency develops a state plan for Illinois. ISBE's action  plan highlighted two complementary ideas:

  1. To provide stakeholders general information about the  law.
  2. To listen to what educators and others in  the field value and believe is good for all children  in Illinois as well as to take note of their concerns as the state plan is  developed.

Information collected from these documents will contribute to the agency’s  creation of the state plan. If you have any additional comments,  please send them to essa@isbe.net.

Thank you to all those that participated in the ESSA listening tours. ISBE is using feedback collected from these tours to help develop Illinois’ state plan for the new law.

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