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Submission of a School Improvement Plan (SIP) is required by federal and state regulations for schools that are in academic status. The plan must cover two fiscal years (e.g. FY 2010 to FY 2012) and must be revised every two years while the school remains in status.

Illinois schools in status that did not submit a school improvement plan ​last year must submit an improvement plan as required by Public Law 107-110, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, section 1101 et seq., and Section 2-3.25d of the School Code, 105 ILCS 5/2-3.25d. Revisions are then required at the expiration of the two-year plan while the school remains in academic status. Districts are required to submit restructuring plans on behalf of schools after the fifth calculation of not making Adequate Yearly Progress.

A School Improvement Plan is optional for schools that are not in academic status.​​​

Frequently Asked Questions: Improvement Planning 2010-2011PDF Document (Updated 7/10)

This document addresses questions that relate to the federal and state improvement plan requirements and provides web links to related resources and technical assistance.

School Improvement Plan GuidePDF Document (Updated 7/10)

The School Improvement Plan Guide includes instructions for completing the School Improvement Plan (SIP) template at the Illinois Interactive Report Card site (http://iirc.niu.edu), provides guidance for plan developers and peer reviewers, and includes monitoring prompts that ISBE will use in reviewing the plan. The templateWord Document and this accompanying guide are to be used together to ensure that users include all requirements of federal and state law for revised school improvement plans. "Monitoring Prompts" appear in italics in this guide. Plan developers will find these questions and the School Improvement Plan Monitoring Prompt useful in plan development, revision, and peer review.

School Improvement Plan Monitoring PromptPDF Document (Updated 7/10)

This checklist is used by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for SIP monitoring in compliance with NCLB, Section 1116, and state law. It addresses the requirements for SIPs in Illinois e-Plans as described in the School Improvement Plan GuidePDF Document. ISBE staff comments are intended to provide feedback on the plan to ensure that all groups will make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).

Single School District Improvement Plan Monitoring Pro​mptPDF Document (Updated 7/10)

Single school districts are to complete the single school district improvement plan (SSDIP) on the IIRC. The District Improvement Plan Guide and School Improvement Plan Guide are to be used to develop the plan. Sections III and IV of the single school district improvement plan (SSDIP) align with the School Improvement Plan requirements.

School Improvement Plan Word TemplateWord Document (Updated 7/10)

This tool provides assistance to school representatives with the development and refinement of the plan. Once the local board approves the school plan, the contents can be "cut and pasted" into the school's IIRC e-Plan.

Federal and State Status for Districts

View the district and school improvement status charts.

Illinois Interactive Report Card

ISBE requires that all plans be submitted via “e-Plans” on the Illinois Interactive Report Card site. This process streamlines and provides an interactive site where teams can work on plans at any time and store them on a secure server. The templates are loaded with the applicable school’s Report Card data. 2010 data will be posted following release of the 2010 Report Card.

On the School Profile page, click on the link titled “Access the School Improvement e-Plan” located on the information banner across the top. The passwords are protected and are available to authorized personnel by contacting Gail Buoy, Innovation and Improvement Division, by email at gbuoy@isbe.net or send an email to eplans@niu.edu. Note: E-Plan passwords are not the same as the passwords for IIRC Student Data Services.​​​


Federal Guidance

LEA and School Improvement Non-Regulatory GuidancePDF Document (Revised July 21, 2006) Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Educat​ion.

Presentations to assist district/school personnel develop and refine improvement plans.

Professional Development Activities – Statewide Listing

Links to professional development offered by the Regional Offices of Education, Intermediate Service Centers, ISBE, IASA, IPA, IASBO, and Illinois ASCD.

Illinois Principals Association/ISBE: School Showcase webinars

Illinois middle and high schools that made significant academic improvement in 2009-2010. Handouts and other materials are available to download with each school’s recording.

Center on Innovation and Improvement

National center provides access to research-based resources on district and school improvement processes.

What Works Clearinghouse

U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Services features educational resources demonstrating what works in education.

National High School Center

National center serves as the central source of information and expertise on high school improvement for the Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs).​​

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