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Targeted School - One or more student groups performing at or below the “all students” group of the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools; groups must have at least 20 students in at least five of eight indicators, one of which must be non-academic ​

Comprehensive School -

  • Overall performance in the bottom 5 percent of Title I-eligible schools statewide
  • All high schools with a graduation rate of 67 percent or below
  • Schools that have completed a full Targeted Support school improvement cycle, where the performance of one or more of the originally Targeted student groups remains at or below the level of the “all students” group in the lowest-performing 5 percent of Title I-eligible schools at the end of the four-year improvement cycle 

Intensive School - A school that has completed a full Comprehensive Support school improvement cycle, but whose performance remains in the lowest-performing 5 percent Title I eligible schools in Illinois or is a high school that has a graduation rate of less than 67 percent or less at the end of the four-year improvement cycle. 

FY2024 Informational Webinar for Newly Designated Schools

This informational webinar introduces newly designated schools to the Statewide System of Support and outlines the requirements for districts and schools during the planning year of school improvement status.

 Newly Designated Targeted School - START HERE!

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

What does support for Targeted Schools look like?

  • Access to all School Improvement resources posted on the website
  • Access to support from a School Improvement 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.
  • Includes evidence-based practices. 
  • Identifies resource inequities.  
  • Is approved annually by the school, district, and local board of education.
  • Is monitored and periodically reviewed by the LEA.  
Click on the Continuous School Improvement Model below for more resources!

 Newly Designated Comprehensive School - START HERE!

Getting Star​ted with School Improvement for Comprehensive Schools​​PDF Document

What does support for Comprehensive Schools look like?

  • Direct support from a School Improvement Coordinator 
  • Access to all School Improvement resources posted on the website 
  • Access to support from a School Improvement 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 practices
  • Identifies resource inequities
  • Is approved annually by the school, the district, the local board of education, and ISBE
  • ​Is monitored and periodically reviewed by the LEA and by ISBE
Click on the Continuous School Improvement Model below for more resources​!​​​

 Newly Designated Intensive School - START HERE!

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

What does support for Intensive Schools look like?

  • Direct support from a School Improvement Coordinator 
  • Access to all School Improvement resources posted on the website 
  • Access to support from a School Improvement Coordinator via the helpline 

ESSA Requirements for intensive Schools

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

  • Is based on a more rigorous needs assessment, completed in conjunction with the ISBE-designated vendor, AIR.
  • Includes goals to improve student outcomes.
  • Includes evidence-based practices.
  • Identifies resource inequities.
  • Is approved annually by the school, the district, the local board of education, and ISBE.
  • Is monitored periodically by the Local Education Agency (LEA) and by ISBE.

In addition, districts with schools in Intensive Support must:

  • Implement tier 1, standards-aligned, evidence-based English Language Arts (ELA) and math curriculum.
  • Use the ISBE school improvement plan template. 
  • In Fall 2024: Follow a standard protocol of progress monitoring and regular reporting to their boards of education, the public, and ISBE about progress on leading performance indicators.
  • In Fall 2024: Board members of districts with schools designated as Intensive Support will complete training provided by the Illinois Association of School Boards and ISBE on effectively supporting school improvement.
Click on the Continuous School Improvement Model below for more resources​!​​

 Planning Year - Grant Application and Reporting Guidance

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