Based on a review by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and recommendations from the applicable regional superintendent of schools, each public school district and school in Illinois is given an annual recognition status. Such status is a general indication of the extent to which the district and/or school complies with provisions of the Illinois School Code and its implementing regulations. The following status levels (click on the statuses for a description):
Each school or district that meets the requirements imposed by law, including the requirements established by the State Board pursuant to Section 2-3.25 of the School Code and this Part, shall be fully recognized. [23 Ill Admin. Code 1.20 (b) (1)]
Recognized Pending Further Review
A school or district shall be recognized pending further review if it exhibits areas of noncompliance that:
- are not serious enough to warrant probation as delineated in subsection (b)(2) of this Section; and
- may be corrected prior to the end of the school year following the school year in which they were identified.
A district shall be recognized pending further review whenever one or more of the district's schools are first removed from full recognition, whether recognized pending further review or placed on probation. The district shall subsequently be placed on probation if the instances of noncompliance cited for one or more schools have not been corrected within the time allowed under subsection (b)(3)(B) of this Section. [23 Ill Admin. Code 1.20 (b) (3)]
The superintendent of a district that is recognized pending further review or in which one or more schools are recognized pending further review may, within 30 days after receipt of notification to this effect, request a conference at which representatives of the district will have an opportunity to discuss compliance issues with representatives of the State Board of Education. [23 Ill Admin. Code 1.20 (d)]
A school or district shall be placed on probation if it:
- exhibits deficiencies that present a health hazard or a danger to students or staff;
- fails to offer required coursework;
- employs personnel who lack the required qualifications and who are not in the process of attaining such qualifications;
- fails or refuses to serve students according to relevant legal and/or regulatory requirements; and/or
- prolongs or repeats instances of noncompliance to a degree that indicates an intention not to comply with relevant requirements
[23 IAC 1.20 (b) (2)].
The State Superintendent shall schedule a conference with the superintendent of a district that is placed on probation, or in which one or more schools are placed on probation, at which representatives of the district will discuss compliance issues with representatives of the State Board of Education. Within 60 days following this conference, the school district shall submit to the regional superintendent of schools and the State Superintendent of Education a corrective plan that conforms to the requirements of subsection (f) of this Section.
- If the plan is required to relate to areas of noncompliance at the district level, the plan shall be signed by the secretary of the local board of education as evidence that the board adopted a resolution authorizing its submission.
- If the plan is required to relate to areas of noncompliance at one or more schools, the plan shall be signed by the district superintendent and each affected principal
[23 Ill Admin. Code 1.20 (e)].
The State Superintendent of Education shall respond to the submission of a plan within 15 days after receiving it and may consult with the regional superintendent of schools to determine the appropriateness of the actions proposed by the district to correct the cited deficiencies. The State Superintendent shall approve a plan if it:
- specifies steps to be taken by the district that are directly related to the area or areas of noncompliance cited;
- provides evidence that the district has the resources and the ability to take the steps described without giving rise to other issues of compliance that would lead to probationary status; and
- specifies a timeline for correction of the cited deficiencies that is demonstrably linked to the factors leading to noncompliance and is no longer than needed to correct the identified problems
[23 Ill Admin. Code 1.20 (f)].
A district or school shall be nonrecognized if:
- it does not submit an approvable plan of remediation as required in the procedures delineated for probationary status; or
- the State Superintendent determines that the agreed-upon actions are not being implemented in accordance with the plan or the underlying areas of noncompliance are not being remedied.
Assigned Recognition Statuses of Districts and Schools
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