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The ISBE Special Education Department uses a tiered supports model to provide an appropriate level of assistance for LEAs. When an LEA is assigned a level of support, specific activities are required of the LEA that are intended to both ensure compliance and assist districts with improved results. The procedures under the Illinois Special Education Accountability and Support System facilitate ISBE’s efforts in:

  • Fulfilling its responsibility to provide appropriate general supervision to Illinois LEAs
  • Differentiating levels of support for Illinois LEAs
  • Allocating resources to address specific need(s) of Illinois LEAs

The Illinois Special Education Accountability and Support System - Tiered Support Model consists of three levels, or tiers, of support to reinforce improved student outcomes and assist LEAs with any identified noncompliance. Technical assistance and supports are offered within each tier, and all LEAs will have an opportunity to access some level of resources.


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