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The Illinois State Board of Education is working in partnership with school districts, leaders, and communities across the state to support recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These efforts are driven by the federal government’s investment of nearly $8 billion in pandemic relief funding for Illinois schools – with 90 percent distributed directly to Illinois school districts.

The remaining 10 percent of that funding is directed by ISBE in alignment with the goals in our Strategic Plan​ — Student Learning, Learning Conditions, and Elevating Educators.​​​​​

Student Learning

  • Capacity Builder Series
    Supports best practices and continuous quality improvement focused on a Curriculum Evaluation Tool and Illinois Priority Learning Standards.

  • Digital Equity
    Assists school districts in closing the digital divide and provides the tools necessary for technology-rich learning experiences.

  • Illinois Tutoring Initiative
    Provides high-impact tutoring that is aligned to learning standards and core classwork to accelerate student learning.

  • JumpStart
    Provides educational support for incoming or current kindergarten and first-grade students who experienced disruption to in-person instruction.

  • Learning Renewal Interim Assessments
    Provide timely data about the performance of Grade 3-8 students on the Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts and math.

  • OneGoal Postsecondary Success
    Offers a systemwide solution to increase students' college and career readiness.

  • Nonpublic Schools Tutoring
    Provides high-impact tutoring to help students at nonpublic schools overcome the disruption to classroom learning.

Learning Conditions

Elevating Educators

  • Affinity Groups
    Develop policy recommendations to retain teachers of color by creating a system to bring together educators to examine causes of attrition.

  • Bilingual Education Grant
    Offers grants that will enable districts to pay tuition for educators to earn the credentials they need to earn full licensure for ESL and/or Bilingual endorsements.

  • Principal Mentoring
    Matches new principals in their first year of employment in Illinois with veteran principals who have demonstrated success as instructional leaders.

  • Teacher Mentoring
    Pairs new teachers with mentors and virtual instructional coaches to help guide first-year educators.


The Illinois P-20 Council created the P-20 Learning Renewal Resource Guide​PDF Document to inform spending decisions and provide evidence-based strategies that support students in the recovery from the disruption caused by the pandemic. 

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