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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the reauthorization of the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the country’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students. President Barack Obama signed the bipartisan measure into law on December 10, 2015. ESSA tasks individual states to create a plan to ensure every child is learning and on the path to college and career.

Support and Accountability Listening Tour

ISBE hosts a statewide listening tour to gather feedback on the new support and accountability system. Stakeholder feedback gathered throughout the tour will inform an amendment to the Illinois ESSA Plan and will improve Illinois’ approach to measuring and supporting school performance. 

Stakeholders may provide feedback in the following ways:

ISBE wanted to develop a state plan that reflected the ideas of those who are closest to the work and so sought out the voices, values, and vision of stakeholders and practitioners. The participation of diverse educators, communities, and advocates made the Illinois ESSA Plan durable.

The Illinois ESSA Plan represents the belief of ISBE and our stakeholders that the students with the greatest needs deserve the greatest share of our public education resources. Grounding our work in the practice of equity will ensure that we provide all students with the supports they need to succeed from pre-K through high school and onto purposeful lives.

This page tracks the development of the plan itself. For information about Illinois’ active Support and Accountability System, visit Support & AccountabilityFor information specifically about Site-Based Expenditure Reporting, visit the Site-Based Expenditure Reporting webpage.​​​


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