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Submission of a Restructuring Plan is required by federal and state regulations for schools that are in federal restructuring status or state academic status level AW2 or beyond.

The plan may be a multi-year plan that will be implemented should the school fail to make AYP again.

Illinois districts and sc​hools in status 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 district or school remains in academic status. Districts are required to develop restructuring plans on behalf of their schools in restructuring planning status after the fifth calculation of not making Adequate Yearly Progress. This is true for schools in status under federal or state requirements.

Under NCLB (USDE, LEA and School Improvement: Non-Regulatory Guidance, rev. July 21, 2006PDF Document), when a school is in restructuring status, the district must take intensive and far-reaching interventions to revamp completely the operation and governance of that school. Restructuring means a major reorganization of a school’s governance structure arrangement by a district that:

  • Makes fundamental reforms, such as significant changes in the school’s staffing and governance, to make student academic achievement in the school;
  • Has substantial promise to improve student achievement and enable the school to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) as defined by the State’s accountability system; and
  • Is consistent with State law.​

Restructuring is an option a district may choose prior to these regulations above per the district’s discretion.​​

Frequently Asked Questions Improvement Planning 2010-2011PDF Document

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

Restructuring Plan GuidePDF Document (Updated 7/10)

The Restructuring Plan Guide includes instructions for completing the Restructuring Plan template at the Illinois Interactive Report Card site, provides guidance for plan developers, and includes monitoring prompts that ISBE will use in reviewing the plan. The template and this accompanying guide are to be used together to ensure that users include all requirements of federal and state law for revised plans. "Monitoring Prompts" appear in italics in this guide. Plan developers will find these questions and the Restructuring Plan Monitoring PromptPDF Document useful in plan development and revision.​

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 llinois 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 District Profile page, click on the link titled “Access the District Improvement e-Plan” located on the information banner across the top. Restructuring templates are at the district’s main menu. The passwords are protected and are available to authorized personnel by contacting Gail Buoy, Innovation and Improvement Division, by email at or sending an email to 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 Education.

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

Center on Innovation and Improvement
National center provides access to research-based resources on district and school improvement processes. Restructuring and turnaround resources are accessible at

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.

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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