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The Statewide System of Support focuses ​resources on the schools and districts with the greatest need to build the capacity of school leaders to implement effective school improvement practices. The goal is to enable schools in improvement status to improve student outcomes and exit status.

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 Mission, Vision and Equity Statement


School leaders are equipped with research-based information, skills, and practices to lead districts, schools, and classrooms where each and every child receives significant opportunity for a fair, equitable, and high-quality education.


The mission of School and District Improvement is to build the capacity of school leaders to implement and sustain effective school improvement practices t​hat improve student achievement and performance outcomes, especially in Illinois’ lowest and underperforming schools.


ISBE delivers responsive and tiered support to the lowest and underperforming schools in response to Illinois’ urgent and collective responsibility to achieve educational equity.  Program policies support evidence-based practices that include the diverse backgrounds and life experiences of all students and families to ensure fair, equitable, and high-quality educational opportunities for each and every child.​

 Resource Allocation Reviews

The Every Student Succeeds Act requires State Education Agencies to conduct Resource Allocation Reviews (RARs) with districts that operate a significant number of schools identified for school improvement status via the Illinois Accountability System (§1111(d)(3)(A)(ii)). RARs provide an opportunity for district and school leaders to collaboratively explore current resource allocation patterns. ISBE’s selection process considers the percentage of schools in the district that are identified for Intensive, Comprehensive, or Targeted support. Facilitated conversations with these identified districts are designed to help teams probe resource allocation decisions and engage in thoughtful inquiry about the connection between resources and student achievement goals.


  • Fiscal year 2024 state-led Resource Allocation Reviews will take place beginning in January 2024. ISBE will notify selected districts by or before December 15 that they will be required to participate. Explore the resources below to learn more about ISBE’s RAR program.
    • Webinar for Newly Designated Schools – This webinar, produced by the District and School Improvement Department and presented November 6, provides a high-level overview of state-led RARS, beginning on Slide 12.
    • ​ISBE’s RAR program provides district teams an opportunity to evaluate current resource allocation patterns in relation to four research-based standards for effective practices. Properties of Effective Resources Allocation Systems identifies and describes these four standards. An aligned rubric will be used to assess current processes and generate goals for improvement.


 Improved Designation

​More than 140 schools that were first designated as Targeted or Comprehensive on the 2022 report card improved their annual summative designation on the 2023 report card. We would like to recognize these schools and congratulate them on the results of their school improvement efforts over the past year. Your hard work, dedication, and focus on continuous school improvement has not gone unnoticed!​

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