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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.​


Public Comment Closed

ISBE is submitting an amendment to the exit criteria for schools in Targeted and Comprehensive School Improvement Status. The amendment streamlines requirements, and identifies three Intensive Supports for schools who do not exit Comprehensive School Improvement Status at the end of the school improvement cycle. You can read a more detailed executive summary or review the redline plan below. Public comment closed January 15, 2023.​

 ESSA History

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 & Accountability. For information specifically about Site-Based Expenditure Reporting, visit the Site-Based Expenditure Reporting webpage.

ESSA: Where have we been, where are we now?

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