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Targeted School - A Targeted School is one in which one or more student group is performing at or below the level of the "all students" group in the lowest performing 5% of schools in the state of Illinois.​

Comprehensive School - A Comprehensive School is a school performing in the lowest 5% of all Title I eligible schools statewide; a high school with a graduation rate below 67%.​

 Newly Designated Targeted School - START HERE!

Getting Started with School Improvement for Targeted Schools​​​

What does support for Targeted Schools look like?

  • Access to all School Improvement resources posted on the website
  • Access to support from an IL-EMPOWER Coordinator via the helpline

ESSA Requirements for Targeted Schools

LEAs must in partnership with stakeholders, including school leaders, teachers, and parents, develop and implement an improvement plan that:

  • Is based on a school-level needs assessment
  • Includes goals to improve student outcomes
  • Incudes evidence-based interventions
  • Identifies resource inequities
  • Is approved annually by the LEA and the local board of education
  • Is monitored by the LEA
  • Results in additional action following unsuccessful implementation of the school improvement plan with a number of years, not to exceed four years, as determined by the LEA
Click on the Continous School Improvement Process below to get started!

 Newly Designated Comprehensive School - START HERE!

Getting Started with School Improvement for Comprehensive Schools​​PDF Document

What does support for Comprehensive Schools look like?

  • Direct support from an IL-EMPOWER Coordinator 
  • Access to all School Improvement resources posted on the website 
  • Access to support from an IL-EMPOWER Coordinator via the helpline 

ESSA Requirements for Comprehensive Schools

LEAs must in partnership with stakeholders, including school leaders, teachers, and parents, develop and implement an improvement plan that:

  • Is based on a school-level needs assessment
  • Includes goals to improve student outcomes
  • Incudes evidence-based interventions
  • Identifies resource inequities
  • Is approved annually by the school, the district, the local board of education, and ISBE
  • ​Is monitored and periodically reviews by the LEA and by ISBE
  • Results in additional action which, if not satisfied within a State-determined number of years, not to exceed four years, shall result in more rigorous State determined action, such as the implementation of interventions, which may include addressing school-level operations
Click on the Continous School Improvement Process below to get started!


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