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The Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) for Student Success Act requires each Organizational Unit (school districts, laboratory schools, Regional Offices of Education, and Intermediate Service Centers) to complete an annual spending plan. A primary goal of the EBF Spending Plan is to make resource allocation decisions, especially those in service of identified student groups, more readily accessible to schools and stakeholders.

Please direct questions to​​​​​​

 EBF Adequacy Target Cost Factor Definitions Guide

  • The EBF Cost Factors – A Framework for Describing Investments
    The EBF Spending Plan contains several questions that ask Organizational Units to indicate planned investments with state funds. Rather than providing a list of general investment categories, the FY 2024 EBF Spending Plan uses the funding formula’s 34 cost factors as a framework for describing planned investments. These investment categories represent common drivers of district spending, such as costs related to staffing, substitutes, central office services, special education programming, etc. The inclusion of the cost factors as a framework for describing investments is meant to increase awareness of how the funding formula determines adequacy and inform productive local dialogue about resource allocation.

    The 34 cost factors represent possible -- but not required -- investment categories. EBF is an unrestricted funding source except for the funds provided for English learners, special education, or low-income students. Additionally, the cost factors do not account for all district expenditures. Certain high-cost items, such as food service or transportation expenditures, are not represented by any cost factor. In cases where the cost factors do not align with planned expenditures, users may indicate “Other” and provide brief narrative context. See below for the statutory definitions for each cost factor. Additional guidance on this topic will be provided later this spring.​


​​District and school leaders seeking to learn more about their district's EBF allocations for FY 2024 may find these resources helpful.

District and school leaders seeking to learn more about potential investments for student success may find these resources helpful.

 Instructions for Accessing EBF Spending Plans for School Districts

The EBF Spending Plan was integrated into the school district budget form beginning with the most recent budget cycle (FY 2024). If a school district has a website, the budget must be published on their website per section 17-1.2 of the Illinois School Code. The FY 2024 budgets can also be accessed on ISBE's website by following the instructions below:

  1. Navigate to the Cerberus login
  2. Enter "finread" for the username; there is no password
  3. Select the folder titled "Budgets"
  4. Select the folder titled "2024"
  5. Select the folder titled "School Districts"
  6. Search for a school district and download the budget excel file. The EBF Spending Plan is a tab within the budget.​

 Instructions for Accessing EBF Spending Plans for ROEs, ISCs, and Laboratory Schools

The FY 2024 EBF Spending Plan submissions for ROEs, ISCs and Laboratory Schools are now available. These Organizational Units do not submit a budget, and their spending plan responses are made public as standalone EBF Spending Plans, seen below. Questions can be directed to

FY 2024 EBF Spending Plan Submissions for ROEs, ISCs, and Laboratory Schools

RCDTS Name EBF Spending Plan Submission
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FY 2024 EBF Spending Plan:



FY 2021 EBF Spending Plan:

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