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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and EndorsementsMARSHALL ALLIENo

​A substitute teaching license, valid for substitute teaching in grades PK-12 in any county in Illinois, may be issued to individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. To apply, individuals may submit an application online in the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)​​. A $50 fee will be assessed electronically when the application is submitted. After submitting their application, individuals should have an official transcript showing an awarded bachelor’s degree sent to ISBE.

To be valid for teaching, a substitute license must be registered in ELIS after it is issued. The license is valid for five years and may be renewed with the payment of registration fees.

Please note: Individuals who hold a lapsed professional educator license (PEL) and owed professional development are not eligible to obtain a substitute teaching license. If your PEL is lapsed and you do not owe professional development, you may obtain a substitute teaching license.

Individuals who have had their PEL or ELS suspended or revoked and have not met the renewal requirements are not eligible to obtain a new substitute teaching license.

Individuals who hold a license indicative of a bachelor’s degree (such as a professional educator license) are able to substitute teach on that license. A substitute teaching license is not required by the state. Please check with your employer to see if you need to obtain a substitute teaching license.

Requirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and EndorsementsMARSHALL ALLIENo
  1. ​​​​Be at least 20 years of age and;
  2. Show proof of one (1) of the following requirements:
    1. Associate's degree or higher; or
    2. 60 semester hours of coursework; or
    3. High School Diploma or GED and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS ParaPro test; or
    4. High School Diploma or GED and the following scores on the ACT Work Keys test:
      • Applied Mathematics — 4​
      • Reading for Information — 4
      • Writing or Business Writing — 3​

Refer to Educator License with Stipulations Endorsement RequirementsPDF Document​​

To apply for an educator license with stipulations endorsed as a paraprofessional educator, individuals may submit an application in the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). A $100 fee will be assessed electronically when the application is submitted. After submitting their application, individuals should haveapplicable documentation.

An educator license with stipulations endorsed as a paraprofessional educator is not valid until it is registered. Once registered, the license is valid until June 30 immediately following five years of the endorsement being issued and may be renewed. Please note: If an individual already holds an educator license indicative of a bachelor’s degree or an educator license with stipulations endorsed for career and technical educator, an educator license with stipulations is not required to serve in the capacity of a paraprofessional.​

Requirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and EndorsementsMARSHALL ALLIEYes

​Before you can add a middle school endorsement, you must hold an endorsement for one of the following grade ranges:

  • Elementary (K-9)
  • Secondary (6-12)
  • Special (K-12) or Special Education (PK-21)​

If you hold an elementary education endorsement, the middle school endorsement is valid for grades 5-8. If you hold a secondary education endorsement, the middle school endorsement is valid for grades 6-8. If you hold a special (K-12) or special education (PK-21) endorsement, the middle school endorsement is valid for grades 5-8.

To obtain a middle school endorsement, you must submit an application for endorsement and meet the coursework requirements for the endorsement sought. Some middle school endorsements also require passing a content area test. View requirements for all available middle school endorsements. Six semester hours of middle grade professional coursework must also be completed.

Exception: If you completed a state approved K-12 program and hold a special K-12 endorsement in a specific subject area, you can teach middle school in that specific subject area without completion of the middle grade professional coursework​​​.

Requirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and EndorsementsMARSHALL ALLIENo

​To teach special education in pre-kindergarten, you must hold an early childhood special education approval. This approval can ONLY be obtained if you already hold an early childhood education (birth-grade 3) endorsement, a special (LBSI PK-21) endorsement, or a split elementary education/secondary education endorsement that includes an LBSI endorsement with a combined grade range equivalent to PK-21. The Early Childhood Special Education approval (ECT) is granted when an educator has completed coursework in early childhood special education methods, early childhood special education assessment, language development in the young child, and child, family, & community relationships. This is not always achieved with the completion of just four courses. Illinois institutions have identified a specific sequence of courses offered at their institutions that will meet these areas.

Requirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and EndorsementsMARSHALL ALLIENo

​To teach in a self-contained setting and teach all subjects, you must hold the self-contained general education endorsement on your license. Visit the Teaching Endorsements page for specific requirements.​​​

Requirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
No
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and EndorsementsMARSHALL ALLIENo

​To teach cross-categorical special education for grades kindergarten and above, you must hold the LBS I endorsement or LBS I approval. The LBSI approval, no longer issued as of September 1, 2015, was valid for 3 calendar years if issued on or after January 1, 2002. If issued prior to that date, there is no end date and the approval does not expire. The LBS I approval is valid for the grade range of the endorsement held for grades kindergarten and above. To serve as a teacher for cross-categorical early childhood special education, you must also obtain the early childhood special education approval.​

Requirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
No
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and EndorsementsMARSHALL ALLIENo

​Each out-of-state applicant for an Illinois teaching license must meet licensure requirements that are similar to Illinois requirements. For those who have completed alternative certification or licensure programs, requirements include:

  • Graduation from a regionally accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree that directly corresponds to the endorsement sought and meets the requirements for that endorsement
  • An intensive course of study approved by that state for this purpose
  • Student teaching or another structured teaching experience that forms part of the approved alternative program, as well as additional required coursework that applies to all out-of-state applicants
Requirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and EndorsementsMARSHALL ALLIEYes

​To see the exact tests needed for licensure, view the Illinois Licensure, Endorsement, and Approval Requirements ​ and select the particular license you are seeking.​​​

An out-of-state test of basic skills can be honored if the test was used to obtain initial licensure in another state. Verification is required from your institution or the state in which licensure was awarded. Use form 80-02: State Approved Program and Completion of Standards Verification or form 80-03: Out-of-State Test of Basic Skills Verification: Department/Board of Education Use Only to verify a passing score on an out-of-state test of basic skills.

A passing score on an edTPA taken in another state for licensure can also be honored in Illinois. Use form 80-01A: Out-of-State Verification of EdTPA and visit http://www.edtpa.com to submit official scores to Illinois.

For additional testing information, including test registration, please visit http://www.icts.nesinc.com​.

Requirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and EndorsementsMARSHALL ALLIEYes

​Click here ​ to see what tests (if any) are required for each subject/content area endorsement.

All content-area tests are valid for 10 calendar years from the test date.​

Requirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
No
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and EndorsementsMARSHALL ALLIENo

​You do not need to be a U.S. citizen or hold a valid social security number to obtain an Illinois license, but you must hold a valid social security number to obtain employment as an educator. For additional information about acquiring a social security number through the Social Security Administration, view the Social Security Numbers for Noncitizens document​.​

Requirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and EndorsementsMARSHALL ALLIEYes

​The Illinois State Board of Education has pre-approved courses from various Illinois and out-ofstate institutions for the professional educator license requirements. See specific courses that that may be completed to meet licensure requirements in the areas of cross-categorical special education methods, ESL/bilingual methods, reading methods, and reading in the content area​.

Requirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and EndorsementsMARSHALL ALLIEYesRequirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
No
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and EndorsementsMARSHALL ALLIEYes

​Yes. Instead of completing a traditional route to educator licensure, you may complete an approved alternative licensure program in the state. Alternative programs are two-year programs and typically begin with an intensive course of study during the summer term. Then, candidates serve as teachers of record in their own classroom for two years. Additional program requirements are completed during this time.

To be admitted to an alternative licensure program, you must already hold a bachelor’s degree in a content area and have passed the Test of Academic Proficiency (or provided acceptable ACT or SAT scores) and have passed the applicable content test.

To begin your first year of residency, you must apply for an educator license with stipulations endorsed for provisional alternative educator and complete a course of study in the approved alternative education program.

Before beginning your second year of residency, you must complete any additional coursework required by your program, pass the edPTA (candidates beginning their second year of residency in the 2015-2016 school year will be required to pass the edTPA during that year), pass the APT test, and be recommended by your program to begin the second year of residency.

Please view the Directory of Approved Programs ​ to see the alternative licensure programs available in Illinois. You may contact specific institutions for information about applying to the program.​

Requirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRequirements for Licenses and Endorsements MARSHALL ALLIENo

​Supervisory endorsements may be added in the following areas:

  • Learning Behavior Specialist I
  • Teahcer of Students Who are Blind or Visually Impaired
  • Teacher of Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Speech Language Pathologist (teaching)
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • School Social Worker
  • School Nurse
  • School Counselor
  • School Psychologist
  • Speech Language Pathologist (non-teaching)

To qualify for a supervisory endorsement, an educator must already hold one of the above endorsements on his/her professional educator license and complete eight semester hours of graduate professional education coursework that includes:

  • One course for supervision of personnel
  • One course for administration and organization of schools​
Requirements for Licenses and Endorsements
  
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRegistration and RenewalMARSHALL ALLIENo

​Licenses must be registered for $10 per year to prevent them from lapsing. Educators can pay registration fees by logging in to ELIS, and registration fees must be paid for the entire cycle of the license. If you hold more than one license, you must pay registration fees for each license. It is your responsibility to remember when your license needs to be registered.

If a license is not registered after six months, it lapses, and the educator will have to pay a $500 penalty fee OR complete nine semester hours of appropriate college coursework. View more information about lapsed licenses here.​

Registration and Renewal
  
No
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRegistration and RenewalMARSHALL ALLIENo

​Regional offices of education are grouped by counties throughout Illinois. Your license must be registered in the region where you are employed. Non-public and retired educators register in the county where they live; Out of state educators register in Region 15. Click here to see a list of regional offices of education.​

Registration and Renewal
  
No
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRegistration and RenewalMARSHALL ALLIENo

​Teachers, Career and Technical Education Teachers, Teaching Speech Language Pathologists:  Complete and record the required amount of professional development reflected in ELIS at the bottom of the Educator Development screen. Log in to ELIS on/after April 1st of your renewal year. Click on Renewals in the Action Center on your homepage. Follow the instructions to renew and register your license.

Beginning in 2019 teachers who hold administrative credentials will must complete 1 Administrator Academy (AA) during each five-year cycle. Information about AAs is available by contacting your Regional Office of Education.

School Service Personnel (Does not include Teaching Speech Language Pathologists):  Complete and record the required amount of professional development reflected in ELIS at the bottom of the Educator Development screen. Alternately, School Service Personnel may record their Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulations license in ELIS to fulfill 100% of their professional development requirements. Log in to ELIS on/after April 1st of your renewal year. Click on Renewals in the Action Center on your homepage. Follow the instructions to renew and register your license.​

Registration and Renewal
  
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRegistration and RenewalMARSHALL ALLIEYes

​If you have not been employed full-time on your educator license with stipulations (ELS-PEDU), you may renew your license for two full fiscal years. During this two year period, you should complete the edTPA (if applicable) in order to earn your professional educator license.

To renew your ELS-PEDU, you must complete the top portion of ISBE form 80-04: Request to Renew an Educator License with Stipulations- Provisional Educator ​ and your ROE must complete the bottom portion. Your ROE must upload the form to your ELIS account. The form must be received by ISBE (uploaded to your ELIS account) prior to the day your license is due to expire. If not received in time, your license will expire and cannot be renewed.​

Registration and Renewal
  
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRegistration and RenewalMARSHALL ALLIEYes

​If you have never passed a test of basic skills for a previous Illinois certificate/license, you will need to pass one before your substitute license can be renewed. The following tests can be used to meet the basic skills requirement:​

  • ​Former Illinois Basic Skills test
  • Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP 400)
  • ACT: Prior to 9/1/15 – Composite score of 22 with combined English/Writing score of 19 –or – 9/1/15 and later – Composite score of 22 with Writing score of 16
  • SAT (with a score of 1030 or higher in critical reading + math and a writing score of 450 or higher)
  • ACT WorkKeys assessment (Math- 4, Reading- 4, Writing-3)

If you plan to submit ACT or SAT scores, an official score report must be sent directly from the testing agency. Tests must have been taken within the past ten calendar years. Click here for more information about submitting your scores.

An individual who has passed a test of basic skills for the first substitute licensure renewal is not required to retake the test for further renewals.

Please note: You may continue to renew your substitute license if you have a lapsed professional educator license.

Registration and Renewal
  
No
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRegistration and RenewalMARSHALL ALLIENo

​It is not necessary to maintain both types of licenses. Your professional educator license (PEL) allows you to teach as a substitute. The PEL allows more flexibility for teaching; so even if you retire, it is better to maintain your PEL than to receive a substitute license and allow your PEL to lapse.

Registration and Renewal
  
No
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TeachersNoEducator LicensureRegistration and RenewalMARSHALL ALLIEYes

​Your license should be registered within six months of its issuance or it will lapse and be invalid for public school employment. If a license lapses, you must pay a $500 reinstatement fee or complete 9 semester hours of coursework in one of your endorsement areas to reinstate your license. You should register your license in your ELIS account and identify the regional office of education in the county where you work. Non-public and retired educators register in the county where they live; Out of state educators register in Region 15. Click here to see a list of regional offices of education listed by county​.​

Registration and Renewal
  
Yes
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Yes, registration and pre‐qualification are annual processes.

GATA Timing
  
Yes
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

For FY18 registration and pre‐qualification must be completed prior to making application for a grant.

GATA Timing
  
No
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

The application will be in the same form as last year and contain all of the information it has in the past as well as a few additional tabs with GATA required information.

GATA Timing
  
No
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQHENRY NOAHNo

All grantees will be required to register and pre‐qualify annually, once for each fiscal year with the State of Illinois through an automated grantee portal. The portal can only be accessed through the GATA website. Grantee registration will include verification of eight statuses: 1.) DUNS number; 2.) FEIN number; 3.) current SAM CAGE Code; 4.) good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State, if applicable; 5.) whether the applicant is in Stop Payment status; 6.) whether the applicant is or has ever been on the federal Excluded Parties List; 7.) whether the applicant is on the federal delinquent debt list and 8.) whether the applicant is or has ever been on the Sanctioned Party List maintained by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. ISBE posts a grantee status report on the GATA Prequalification and Registration Status page where grantees can review their compliance status.

GATA Process
  
No
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQHENRY NOAHNo

Instructions on completion of the process can be found on the ISBE GATA page. Additional resources can be found on the Grantee Portal FAQ page.

GATA Process
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Applications will be posted to the School Technology Revolving Loan website on or before June 1 of each year. Applications close on December 1.  Applications received after December 1 are not processed.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

A letter will be sent out to districts informing them of their approval or denial of the loan. You will not be able to call ISBE to get an answer to this question before letters are sent out.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

The loan award determination dates are September 15, December 15, March 15 and May 15 of each Fiscal Year. Districts with approved applications will receive a loan package within two weeks of the award determination date. The entire amount of the loan is vouchered after ISBE receives your signed original promissory note and Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) form.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

The district must allocate the loan expenditures based on the percent of enrollment that is attributable to grades K-8. For example: The district wants to rewire the entire building to support new technology. The total cost for rewiring the building is $40,000. The total building enrollment is 400 and grades K-8 enrollment is 300. Therefore, the percent of enrollment attributable to the eligible grade levels is 75%. Seventy-five percent of $40,000 is $30,000, so loan proceeds could only be used for $30,000 of this expenditure.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Generally the answer is no. Although the STRLP law and administrative rules are silent on this issue, ISBE does not recommend expending loan proceeds before the loan application is approved and loan proceeds are received.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Warranties that are part of the price of the original purchase are allowable. However, separately purchased warranties such as an extended warranty are not acceptable expenditures.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

No. STRLP loan proceeds must be used for new technology expenditures.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

For recipients with loan determination dates of September 15 or October 15, loan payments shall be due on March 1 and September 1, with the first payment under each loan due on March 1 of the fiscal year in which the loan is made.

For recipients with a loan determination date of December 15, loan payments shall be due on June 1 and December 1, with the first payment under each loan due on June 1 of the fiscal year in which the loan is made.

For recipients with a loan determination date of March 15, loan payments shall be due on March 1 and September 1, with the first payment under each loan due on March 1 of the fiscal year in which the loan is made.

For recipients with a loan determination date of May 15, loan payments shall be due on June 1 and December 1, with the first payment under each loan due on June 1 of the fiscal year in which the loan is made.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Yes.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

The following records should be maintained by the district:

  • A copy of the signed application that was submitted to ISBE
  • The application instructions
  • Any correspondence to/from ISBE regarding the STRLP
  • All items mailed to the district in the original loan package:
    • approval letter
    • Instructions for returning the STRLP promissory notes and making STRLP loan payments
    • copy of signed promissory note
    • amortization schedule
    • payment coupons
    • STRLP administrative rules
  • A copy of signed final expenditure report submitted to ISBE.
  • Accounting books and records that record STRLP transactions
  • Supporting documentation:
    • Purchase orders
    • Paid invoices
    • Cancelled checks
School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Yes, although a district may receive only one loan per fiscal year. A district’s prior participation in the STRLP does not preclude them from participating in the STRLP repeatedly in any fiscal year in which they have an enrollment in the eligible grade levels and all other outstanding loans are in good standing.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

You may call 217/524-4832 or e-mail jbaiter@isbe.net to get approximate dollar amount to provide to your board.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Yes, you may pay the loan off before the maturity date. However, you must first call us for the total amount needed to pay off the loan as of your next due date. There is no pay-off penalty.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Yes, if you pay a large amount, a new amortization schedule and payment coupons will be issued. There is no penalty for prepaying on your loan.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

You have 6 months to obligate your money once it is received. The loan is for three years but you do not have three years to obligate the money. You can revise your request after it has been approved. For example: We marked that we only needed computers but after we purchased the computers we had some money leftover and we want to purchase some computer furniture. (This is allowable as long as the computer furniture does not exceed 10% of the total loan amount). If you do not obligate this money, you are required to refund the difference.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and Ideasstrlp_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

The STRLP expenditure report is not completed in IWAS. You will find the expenditure report on the STRLP webpage.

School Technology Revolving Loan Program
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNoInnovation and Ideasinternet_safety_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

(105 ILCS 5/27-13.3) Sec. 27-13.3. Internet safety education curriculum. Part C The law states: However, beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, a school district must incorporate into the school curriculum a component on Internet safety to be taught at least once each school year to students in grade 3 or above.

The intent of the law is to ensure that topics of Internet Safety are incorporated into the school curriculum at least once each academic year and that the related component(s) are taught to all students in grades 3 through grade 12. Legal phrase “or above” implies all students in grades 3 and beyond through grade 12.

Internet Safety
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNoInnovation and Ideasinternet_safety_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

(105 ILCS 5/27-13.3) Sec. 27-13.3. Internet safety education curriculum. Part C The age-appropriate unit of instruction may be incorporated into the current courses of study regularly taught in the district's schools, as determined by the school board, and it is recommended that the unit of instruction include the following topics:

Districts determine the pedagogy and duration of Internet Safety lessons as appropriate to locally determined needs and resource availability.

Internet Safety
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNoInnovation and Ideasinternet_safety_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

(105 ILCS 5/27-13.3) Sec. 27-13.3. Internet safety education curriculum. Part C

  1. Safe and responsible use of social networking websites, chat rooms, electronic mail, bulletin boards, instant messaging, and other means of communication on the Internet.
  2. Recognizing, avoiding, and reporting online solicitations of students, their classmates, and their friends by sexual predators.
  3. Risks of transmitting personal information on the Internet.
  4. Recognizing and avoiding unsolicited or deceptive communications received online.
  5. Recognizing and reporting online harassment and cyber-bullying.
  6. Reporting illegal activities and communications on the Internet.
  7. Copyright laws on written materials, photographs, music, and video.

The topics listed are recommendations. Districts determine the scope and sequence of Internet Safety lessons as appropriate to locally determined needs and resource availability. This includes the grade level at which specific Internet Safety topics will be introduced or addressed. It is the intent of the law that districts will create a curriculum to educate students about matters of safety and ethical use of the Internet as prefaced in paragraphs A and B of the law. (See the full text of law online.)

Internet Safety
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNoInnovation and Ideasinternet_safety_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

(105 ILCS 5/27-13.3) Sec. 27-13.3. Internet safety education curriculum. Part C The school board shall determine the scope and duration of this unit of instruction.

The local school board determines the scope and duration of curriculum developed.

Internet Safety
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNoInnovation and Ideasinternet_safety_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

(d) Curricula devised in accordance with subsection (c) of this Section may be submitted for review to the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

Districts are not required to report compliance measures under the law. This means that it is not necessary to submit Internet Safety curriculum to ISBE or the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

Internet Safety
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNoInnovation and Ideasinternet_safety_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

(105 ILCS 5/27 - 13.3) Sec. 27 - 13.3. Internet safety education curriculum. Part E (e) The State Board of Education shall make available resource materials for educating children regarding child online safety and may take into consideration the curriculum on this subject developed by other states, as well as any other curricular materials suggested by education experts, child psychologists, or technology companies that work on child online safety issues. Materials may include without limitation safe online communications, privacy protection, cyber - bullying, viewing inappropriate material, file sharing, and the importance of open communication with responsible adults. The State Board of Education shall make these resource materials available on its Internet website.

Internet users will find the ISBE Internet Safety Page online. "Internet Safety Resources" are available on that page. Without specific endorsement or recommendation of any singular Internet Safety product or material supplier, ISBE presents a list of popular Internet Safety Web pages, resources and portals from which districts can gather resources to use as they develop a local Internet Safety curriculum. Regional Learning Technology Center (LTC) Directors are available to assist with the development of Internet Safety Curricular components as well. Districts can find more information about Illinois LTCs online.

Internet Safety
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNoInnovation and Ideasinternet_safety_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

All Illinois Public School Districts are required by law to adhere to the Illinois School Code.

As noted in responses to previous questions, districts are able to select or create and implement lessons on the topics of Internet Safety as appropriate to locally determined needs and resource availability. ISBE does not endorse or require any specific commercially-produced curricular materials for districts to be in compliance with PA 095-0869.

In particular reference to matters of Internet Safety, districts are reminded of obligations set forth under the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) enacted by Congress in 2001. Financial penalties can result if a district is found to be out of compliance with CIPA, if receiving state or federal funding for educational technology initiatives including, but not limited to, E-Rate and NCLB Title II Part D (EETT).

ISBE is aware that changes were made to CIPA language in October of 2008 about which the FCC has not yet issued guidance. At this time, districts are expected to adhere to the current federal mandates of CIPA. Changes to current district level Internet Safety Policies will not be required until formal guidance is issued from the FCC.

Internet Safety
  
No
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNoInnovation and Ideasinternet_safety_faq.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Information regarding the Internet Safety contest is available at on the Internet Safety page. Districts may incorporate instructional activities to support the creation of student entries for the contest to be in compliance with requirements for PA 095-0869.

Internet Safety
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINo

​To view current career opportunities and internships, please visit ISBE’s career website.

Careers and Internships at the Illinois State Board of Education
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINo

To view current career opportunities and internships, please visit ISBE’s career website.

Careers and Internships at the Illinois State Board of Education
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINo

Your application materials will be reviewed to determine if requirements are met for the position(s) applied for.  You will then be notified as to the next step in the process.

Careers and Internships at the Illinois State Board of Education
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINo

​For Upcoming Career Fair information please visit ISBE’s career website.

Careers and Internships at the Illinois State Board of Education
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINo

​Please call Educator Effectiveness at 217.557.6763 for assistance

Teachers/Principals/Paraprofessionals
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINo

​Please call Educator Effectiveness at 217.557.6763 for assistance

Teachers/Principals/Paraprofessionals
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINo

ISBE participates in the Teachers Retirement System (TRS) and State Employee Retirement System (SERS).

  • To contact Teacher Retirement Systems (TRS) please call 1.800.877.7896
  • To contact State Employee Retirement Systems (SERS) please call 217.785.7444
Benefits
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINo

SERS may be reached at 217.785.7444. TRS may be reached at 1.800.877.7896

Benefits
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINo

Morneau Shepell services retiree insurance plans and may be reached at 844.251.1777

Benefits
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINo

Minnesota Life may be reached at 888.202.5525

Benefits
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINo

Please contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). They now require a self-address, stamped business size #10 envelope for all transcript requests.

Private Business and Vocational Schools (PBVS), Closed School List, Illinois Board of Higher Education PBVS Transcript Request:
431 E. Adams (2nd Floor)
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217.782.2551
Website: www.ibhe.org

Records
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINo

Once a school has ceased operations, it is only required to submit transcripts to IBHE.

Please contact the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE). They now require a self-address, stamped business size #10 envelope for all transcript requests.

Private Business and Vocational Schools (PBVS), Closed School List, Illinois Board of Higher Education PBVS Transcript Request:
431 E. Adams (2nd Floor)
Springfield, IL 62701
Phone: 217.782.2551
Website: www.ibhe.org

Records
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINo

Please visit ICCB GED INFORMATION at www.iccb.org or call 217.785.0123

Records
  
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Human Resources and Labor RelationsCommunity & PartnersNoAgency and Board InformationHR FAQsBILDILLI LORINoRecords
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINoGATA Process
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

The NCLB grant will still be filled out online. The format will be the same with some additional steps including the programmatic risk assessment. Prior to making application you must complete GATA registration and pre‐qualification through the grantee portal on the GATA website. The FY18 ICQ is included in the registration process.

GATA Process
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Expenditure reports will be handled the same way they have been handled in the past. Expenditures will not go through a process with GATA; the process will be the same as it has been in previous years.

GATA Process
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

The ICQ is available through the grantee portal on the GATA website. All grantees will be required to complete the questionnaire that will compute the fiscal and administrative risk profile of the grantee. Specific conditions will be imposed if the grantee is determined to be medium or high risk. The questionnaire is entity‐specific and required to be submitted annually, once for each fiscal year.

GATA Process
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

The programmatic risk assessment is incorporated into the electronic grant application. Paper grant applicants will be directed to an ISBE IWAS System to complete the survey. All grantees will be required to complete a questionnaire for each program that will evaluate the programmatic risk profile of the grantee. Specific conditions will be imposed if the grantee is determined to be medium or high risk.

GATA Process
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

An eGMS page has been created. All grantees will receive a NOSA that is grant‐specific along with a final grant agreement. The NOSA will reflect grantee information, program name, and funding amount, along with specific terms and conditions. The terms and conditions will be fed from the grantee responses to the ICQ and Program Risk Assessment Questionnaire. Grantees can elect to accept or not accept. An award cannot be granted without acceptance. If the grantee chooses not to accept, the award will not be made.

GATA Process
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Yes, all entities that apply for a grant must be prequalified.

GATA Applicability
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Yes, all grants must follow GATA.

GATA Applicability
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Yes, this applies to all Title and ELL grants.

GATA Applicability
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Yes, GATA is applicable to Title III grants.

GATA Applicability
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Member districts must complete GATA registration and pre‐qualification to apply for grants. If a Coop will apply for a grant it is responsible for registration and pre‐qualification prior to making application.

GATA Applicability
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

We have to follow all aspects of GATA unless we apply for and receive an exemption.

GATA Applicability
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Yes, all applicants will have to fill out a Programmatic Risk Assessment Questionnaire for each grant before awards are made.

GATA Applicability
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Loan programs are exempt from some parts of GATA such as the cost principles, but are NOT exempt from the requirements for public notice of financial assistance, award monitoring, and audit.

GATA Applicability
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Someone who is familiar with the district’s administration and financial operations should fill out the ICQ. Someone familiar with the programmatic policies and procedures for the particular program in question should complete the Programmatic Risk Assessment Questionnaire.

GATA Staffing & Definition
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Questions should be directed to the ISBE program area or GATA@isbe.net.

GATA Staffing & Definition
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

The entity only has to register once through the Grantee Portal no matter how many grants they receive.

GATA Staffing & Definition
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

It would be most practical to use the number for the location with the central administration or where most of the business processes are located.

GATA Staffing & Definition
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

The Notice of State Award is additional to and separate from the Certifications and Assurances. The NOSA is prepared at the time the grant is awarded and contains some of the grant/grantee‐specific terms and requirements resulting from the ICQ and programmatic risk assessments.

GATA Specific Component
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Implementation activities have been focusing on the pre‐award phase. Monitoring tools are under development.

GATA Specific Component
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Yes, your indirect rate determined through ISBE on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education will be communicated to GATU.

GATA Specific Component
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINoGATA Additional Training & Resource
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

There are informational webinars and PowerPoint presentations available at www.grants.illinois.gov. It takes several presentations to take in all that GATA encompasses. An ISBE workgroup continues to work through implementation details and will provide additional information as it becomes available.

GATA Additional Training & Resource
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Additional informational presentations are under development as new components are created. Specific requests can be emailed to GATA@isbe.net

GATA Additional Training & Resource
  
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Administrators; Community & PartnersNoGrantsGATA FAQBILDILLI LORINo

Please contact your program contact at ISBE for additional information or email GATA@isbe.net.

GATA Additional Training & Resource
  
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and IdeasCompetency-Pilot-FAQ.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Yes, strategies by school and district can be shared.

Competency-Based Pilot
  
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and IdeasCompetency-Pilot-FAQ.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

No, there is no limit on the narrative length. The application should respond to all prompts in the Request for Application.

Competency-Based Pilot
  
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and IdeasCompetency-Pilot-FAQ.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Yes, the proposed plan should follow the guidelines, requirements, and format described in the Request for Application.

Competency-Based Pilot
  
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and IdeasCompetency-Pilot-FAQ.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Since there is no current funding appropriated for this pilot project, a budget is not a required component of the application. It is helpful and can be included in the narrative, but it is not required.

Competency-Based Pilot
  
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and IdeasCompetency-Pilot-FAQ.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

The proposed timeline should include the planning and implementation phase through at least 2018-19.

Competency-Based Pilot
  
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and IdeasCompetency-Pilot-FAQ.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Signatures required include district superintendent, board president, bargaining unit president, community college representative, and higher education institution representative. If the bargaining unit president does not sign the plan, then the district should eithe r submit a statement from the president regarding the bargaining unit’s position or provide a description of the district’s good faith efforts to obtain the signature and/or statement. The names of teachers participating in the plan should be included.

Competency-Based Pilot
  
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and IdeasCompetency-Pilot-FAQ.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Public Act 99-0674 states “A school district may participate in the pilot program for some or all of its schools serving grades 9 through 12.” It is up to the district to determine the implementation timeline.

Competency-Based Pilot
  
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and IdeasCompetency-Pilot-FAQ.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Each district, in collaboration with its standing planning and implementation committee and partners, can propose a model th at works best for its community and students subject to the parameters of 2 the law. Some districts may choose to phase in their competency-based education system, while others may choose to adopt a schoolwide competency-based system for all courses.

Competency-Based Pilot
  
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and IdeasCompetency-Pilot-FAQ.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

State statute specifies that eligible applicants for the pilot program include a commitment from “a community college and a higher education institution other than a community college.” The Request for Applications includes the requirement that applicants “Actively partner with a community college and a higher education institution other than a community college for consultation on the development and administration of its competency-based learning system. The plan should address how high school graduates of a competency-based learning system will be able to provide information normally expected by postsecondary institutions for admission and financial aid.” Higher education institutions should help provide guidance to school district applicants to ensure seamless matriculation for students involved in the pilot.

Competency-Based Pilot
  
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and IdeasCompetency-Pilot-FAQ.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

No state funding has been appropriated for this pilot program in fiscal year 2017.

Competency-Based Pilot
  
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Improvement, Innovation, and Capacity BuildingAdministrators; Community & PartnersNoInnovation and IdeasCompetency-Pilot-FAQ.pdfBILDILLI LORINo

Districts will propose an implementation timeline in their applications. Section 25 of the new law specifies that phase 1 includes an initial application and selection process, and phase 2 includes full development and implementation of a competency-based learning system. It is up to the districts to propose a timeline that works best for them. Some districts may be ready to implement in the 2017-18 school year while others propose using that year for professional development and planning.

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