The IEP-Student Tracking and Reporting System (I-Star) is the agency’s web-based system for collection of all special education students and personnel approvals and claims for reimbursement. Many data elements are collected to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Section 611 Part B Flow Through for students ages 3-21 and Section 619 Preschool for students ages 3-5. The I -Star system also includes an electronic Individualized Education Plan (IEP) module. Data can be entered and edited using online screens or submitted via batch file processing.
I-Star validates all student entries via coordination and alignment with the Student Information System (SIS). A required SIS identification allows student demographics to automatically be populated, eliminating duplicate entry for school districts. The SIS enrollment will also be used to control access to the student.
I-Star validates all personnel entries via coordination and alignment with the Employment Information System (EIS) which collects and analyzes employee-related information directly from districts. In addition, personnel entries for proper licensure and endorsements are verified against the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS) which allows all ISBE associate roles such as educators, administrators, district employees, licensure officers, and regional offices of education to operate in one system. Educators may apply and maintain their credentials online and districts may view information on their educators, upload educator evaluation information, and authorize approvals.