The Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference for transition aged youth and young adults with disabilities, their family members and teachers, vocational professionals, caregivers, health care professionals, college students pursuing careers in special education and community advocates will be held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, Illinois from October 23-24, 2017.
The conference, titled “Stepping Stones of Transition”, invites participants to imagine the possibilities for students with disabilities in the areas of independent living, education and training, employment, community integration, health care, and self-advocacy.
Conference sessions are organized into 4 tracks: Education, Employment, Community and Healthcare.
Monday, October 23rd features a variety of multi-choice Break-Out Sessions throughout the day. Tuesday, October 24th concludes the conference and highlights multi-choice Plenary Sessions and Break-Out Sessions in the morning.
The goals for the 2017 Illinois Statewide Transition Conference are to promote effective, person-centered transition planning to address all aspects of adult life for youth with disabilities. Conference participants will discover practical and evidence-based (proven) strategies related to:
Update on 2015 and 2016 Title III AMAO calculation
For an orderly transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which the President signed into law on December 10, 2015, States are not required to hold districts accountable for their performance against Title III AMAO 1, 2 and 3 under Title III of ESEA based on assessments administered in the 2014-2015 or 2015-2016 school years. Accordingly, States must freeze district accountability under Title III based on the most recent AMAO calculation. The Districts in IL will carry their Title III AMAO status made in 2014 and continue implementing the District Improvement plan (DIP) during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. Districts can find the 2014 Title III AMAO status and the AMAO report under the Title III AMAOs and Determination tab below.Please note, however, that all States and districts must continue to publish report cards for the 2014–2015 school year and beyond. Report cards must continue to include information that shows how a district’s student achievement on the State assessments compares to students and subgroups of students in the State as a whole. At the school level, the district must include information that shows how a school’s student achievement on the State assessments compares to students and subgroups of students in the district and in the State as a whole.
2014 Title III AMAO notification and report are available in IWAS under e-Report Card
The 2014 Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs) notification letter and report are available in IWAS under e-Report Card for school districts that received Title III funds in 2013-2014 school year. The school districts that did not meet the Title III AMAOs for last two (2013 and 2014) or three (2012, 2013 and 2014) consecutive years must submit a District Improvement Plan (DIP) by March 31, 2015 to ensure that the districts meet the AMAO targets. The districts that did not meet their Title III AMAOs for last four (2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) or more consecutive years should address modifications of their ELL program, curriculum, and instruction in their plan. Districts are required to implement the plan during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school year.The DIP can be completed through either a Title III DIP template posted at
http://www.isbe.net/bilingual/default.htm or the Rising Star platform at
http://iirc.niu.edu. Districts can continue using the Rising Star indicators by logging into the myIIRC portal on the Illinois Interactive Report Card (IIRC). The 2014 Title III DIP submission guidance and resources are available under District Improvement Plan (DIP) below.
Health and the Transition to Adulthood: Building the Foundation for Success
The Integrated Services Committee of the Illinois Chapter of
the American Academy of Pediatrics and UIC Specialized Care for Children
presented a webinar for parents and families on incorporating health
goals into IEPs and transition plans.
The recording of this webinar is available here.
The resources and tools mentioned in this webinar are available here.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Summary of Performance: Supporting Students’ Post-School Success
This PowerPoint presentation provides the legal basis for
development of the SOP and also provides practical information about the
development and use of this tool to promote successful post-school
outcomes for students with disabilities. Viewers can access the slide
“notes” by hovering over the icon in the upper left-hand corner on the
New "Soft Skills" Curriculum for Youth Released by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
ODEP has unveiled a new curriculum designed to strengthen the
professionalism and interpersonal skills of young people preparing to
enter the workforce. Titled "Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft
Skills for Workplace Success," this creative and universally designed
program features a series of interactive, hands-on activities that
educators and youth service professionals can use with youth both with
and without disabilities. The curriculum is available in both English
Determining Educational Environment Coding for Students with
Disabilities Participating in DRS Secondary Transitional Experience
Transition Practices Alignment: Evidence-Based Practices, Tools and Resources, and Lesson Plans
The Transition Practices Alignment tool assists in the
development of goals, strategies and activities for district and/or
school improvement plans and provides a go-to resource for teachers or
any transition stakeholder to find evidenced-based practices, peruse a
variety of tools and resources, and/or research lesson plans. This tool
uses the Transition Practices Self Assessment (TPSA) categories of
program structure, interagency collaboration, student-focused planning,
student development and family involvement for easy correlation with
NSTTAC Presenter Guides
To assist states and local school districts with professional
development efforts in the area of secondary transition, NSTTAC has
created presenter guides on (a) Indicator 13, and (b) Transition
Assessment. These guides include ready-made power points, scripted notes
(included in the power point), and all necessary materials needed to
complete the activities included in the presentation. Each topic
includes a 3-hour presentation and a 1 hour presentation. The guides may
also be combined to create full day trainings.
This bilingual web site is a project to connect Latinos with
disabilities to employment opportunities. It provides information on
education, employment, and independent living resources and lists
hundreds of job, scholarship, internship, grant, award, and other
educational opportunities of interest to Latinos and students with
Each year, the Illinois State Board of Education works toward improving the performance of Special Education programs and the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education programs throughout the state in relation to our State Performance Plan. Our continuing goal for the conference is to provide districts and cooperatives with the needed information to meet the ongoing compliance issues required by the federal government, along with the best possible learning environment for students with disabilities. Go to the ISBE Special Education page to register!
2017-18 State Assessment Dates
The Charter Schools Program – Cohort II Dissemination Request for Proposals (RFP) has been moved from August 2017 to December 2017. The shift in timeline will allow ISBE to create a more efficient submission process. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have an executed charter agreement with a local school board and have been open for student attendance for three years or longer. Please send an email to email@example.com or call Charter Schools at (312) 814-2220 with any questions.
ISBE is seeking a one-year waiver relating to the per-pupil expenditures of federal, state, and local funds required to be reported annually within the Every Student Succeeds Act. As part of that waiver request, ISBE needs to seek public comment. View the letter submitted to the U.S. Department of Education
ISBE is fully supportive of this provision and is working toward implementing it; however, we are asking for a waiver of the timeline of dissemination. ISBE believes the reporting of financial data is a critical component of the accountability system and in providing equity information to parents and communities. The distribution of this information is critical for districts to make informed decisions to improve student academic achievement. As such, it is imperative that the data is correct and that districts are trained and supportive before this measure is put into place. All necessary steps will be made to move this process along in an expedited manner.
If you have comments, concerns, or questions about this waiver request, please submit them by June 30 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
Asthma Episode Emergency Response Protocol and Asthma Action Plans
Special Education Medical Review, Requirements Beginning July 1, 2016 – (pursuant to 226.160 Special Education, Medical Review)
Model Suicide Prevention Policy available to
all districts in Illinois
Workshop for RN’s Working in Schools: This course, set for July 24-25 or July 26-27 in Oak Brook, is designed for nurses who do not hold ISBE Professional Educator License endorsement in school nursing.
Get more information and register online.
2017 Summer School Nurse Emergency Care Courses: Registration is now open for
SNEC courses. The three-day course is open to all registered nurses within Illinois and are being offered this summer in Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Maryville, Oak Brook, Peoria, Rockford, and Winfield.
New English Proficient definition identifying English Learners in Illinois - June, 2017
WIDA Standard Setting - 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Scoring ChangesWIDA better aligned ACCESS 2.0 with the language demands necessary to meet college and career readiness standards. The alignment required WIDA to engage in standard setting. The results of the this work requires English learners (ELs) to demonstrate higher language abilities than they have in previous years.From the 2017 ACCESS, ELs in Illinois need to receive an overall composite score of 4.8 on ACCESS to be English proficient. There are no longer requirements for domain specific score in ACCESS 2.0.For more information and resources about the WIDA' standard setting and the score changes, visit to WIDA's 2017 ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Score Changes.
Screener Update for 2017-18Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year the WIDA Screener is the new English language screening tool for the 2nd semester of 1st grade-12th grade in Illinois. For these grades, the WIDA Screener replaces both the MODEL and the W-APT screening tool.The WIDA screener, in online and paper format, is a newly developed placement test aligned to WIDA's standard setting. The online version will function similarly to the online version of ACCESS 2.0, using the WIDA AMS website and DRC software components. However, the online system will only score the listening and reading domains. Writing and speaking will be scored by local district staff. The online WIDA Screener is available at no cost to IL districts. The paper version is available for purchase in the WIDA Store. Information about trainings for the WIDA screener can be found at https://www.wida.us/Assessment/Screener/Illinois will continue to use the WIDA MODEL for screening in Kindergarten and the 1st semester of 1st grade. See a table below for grade specific information about the screener.
IDPH School Health Update: All school nurses and others who are responsible for school health compliance and reporting requirements are invited to attend this update for School Year 2017-18 on Aug. 23, 2017. The session starts at 1 p.m. CDT. Find out
more about the IDPH School Health Update and register.
ISBE School Health Update: All school nurses and others who are responsible for school health compliance and reporting requirements are invited to attend the update for School Year 2017-18 on Aug. 23, 2017. The session starts at 2:30 p.m. CDT. Find out
more about the ISBE School Health Update and register here.
Workshop for RNs
Working in Schools: Registration is underway for this workshop set for Sept.
6 and 20 in Vandalia. “RNs Working in Schools”
is a course designed for nurses who do not hold ISBE Professional Educator
Licensed endorsed in school nursing. Find out more
information about the workshop “RNs Working in Schools” and register.
Screening Instrument Used and Cut Scores August 2017
FY 2018 Preschool for All Expansion State RFP has been released. The due date for submittal is 4 p.m. on Sept. 18. The application must be completed in eGMS. Eligible applicants must submit the
FY18 Notice of Intent to Submit Proposal – Preschool for All Expansion 3 to 5 Years to access the RFP system in IWAS in order to apply. The intent to apply deadline is Sept. 8. The following entities outside the City of Chicago may apply: Regional Offices of Education, public school districts, university laboratory schools approved by the Illinois State Board of Education, charter schools, area vocational centers, and public or private not-for-profit or for-profit entities with experience in providing education, health, social, and/or child development services to young children and their families. A separate appropriation has been award to City of Chicago District #299. Questions may be directed to the Early Childhood Division at 217/524-4835 or
On Tuesday, August 29, from 12-1 p.m., Dawn V. Thomas, Ph.D., (from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Renee Tetrick, program analyst (Illinois Action for Children), and Agnes Markos, project development manager (Illinois Action for Children), will be conducting a webinar on
Data-Driven Community Planning. Participants will learn how they can acquire data on early childhood services in their community and receive guidance on interpreting data. They will also receive helpful tips and learn strategies on how to ask critical questions of existing data. Participants will get ideas for gathering more data to support their local efforts.
If you are interested in joining the conversation, please register via
Data-Driven Community Planning Webinar
FY 2018 Preschool for All Expansion State RFP Bidder's Webinar
ESEA of 1965 As Amended, Title I updates, Title II, Title IV
Join us for a webinar on Aug 25, 2017 at 10:00 AM CDT.
Please join ISBE for a webinar at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 25. The webinar will provide an update of the Title I, Part A: Improving Basic Programs Operated by Local Education Agencies updates and an overview of the Title II, Part A: Building Systems of Support for Excellent Teaching and Leading and Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment provisions in ESSA. ISBE will be available to answer questions on these new provisions under ESSA. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.