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​​​​​ISBE has temporarily suspended the Black History Curriculum Survey. ISBE will repost an updated version of the survey that more closely reflects the spirit and intention of the resolution and corresponding state statute to educate students about the perspectives and contributions of Black Americans throughout history.

​​​​​Thank you for your patience.​

HR 1098 (Ford) created the Black History Curriculum Task Force to conduct an audit of every Illinois school district's history curriculum from K-12 to review the following:

  1. ​Does the district's curricular material no matter the format contain a current unit on African American history?
  2. At what grade school level does the district begin teaching African American history?
  3. Does standardized testing include material on African American history, and if so, at what levels?
  4. What is ISBE's position on teaching African American history and what are the penalties if the instructions are not being followed?

105 ILCS 5/27-20.4 outlines requirements for Black history instruction in Illinois schools.

The purpose of this survey is to gather the information required to include in a report to be transmitted to the General Assembly.​

District Information

Topic 1: Contributions made by individual Black and African-Americans in government to the economic, cultural, and political development of the US and Africa.

Topic 2: Contributions made by individual Black and African-Americans in the arts to the economic, cultural, and political development of the US and Africa.

Topic 3: Contributions made by individual Black and African-Americans in the humanities to the economic, cultural, and political development of the US and Africa.

Topic 4: Contributions made by individual Black and African-Americans in the sciences to the economic, cultural, and political development of the US and Africa.

Topic 5: Include the socio-economic struggle which Black and African-Americans experienced collectively in striving to achieve fair and equal treatment under the laws of this nation.

Topic 6: Constitutes an affirmation by students of their commitment to respect the dignity of Black and African-American peoples and to forever eschew every form of discrimination in their lives and careers.

Topic 7: History of the African slave trade in America and this Country.

105 ILCS 5/27 specifically requires information on African slave trade, slavery in US, and vestiges of slavery.

Topic 8: History of slavery in America and this Country.

105 ILCS 5/27 specifically requires information on African slave trade, slavery in US, and vestiges of slavery.

Topic 9: The Vestiges of slavery in America and this Country.

105 ILCS 5/27 specifically requires information on African slave trade, slavery in US, and vestiges of slavery.

Optional Information

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