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Student Voices

Resources for Students by Students - Home of the Student Advisory Council​​​​

ISBE’s Student Advisory Council welcomes you, the students of Illinois, to explore resources and ask questions that we can bring to the State Board from a student’s perspective. We are here to represent you and we want to hear your voice!

Each year a group of students are chosen from around the state to be student advisors to the board. This group of students have the opportunity to see the State Board’s policymakers in action and work with them to provide student perspectives and concerns on the state’s education policies. Students come together a handful of times throughout the year and work remotely on a research project that is presented to the Board. Applications are available in the spring and students are chosen over the summer with their work beginning in September and culminating with a presentation to the Board in March.​​​​​​​​​

Application for Student Advisory Council Now Open!

Are you passionate about education policy and want to use your voice to represent the students of Illinois?

Applications for the 2020-2021 Student Advisory Council are now open. If you are interested in applying and you are going to be a sophomore, junior, or senior at a public high school during the 2020-2021 school year, please submit your application by 5:00 p.m. on May 29, 2020.


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2019-20 Student Advisory Council

  • 2019-20 SAC Final Project

    The Student Advisory Council presented their final project​ to the Illinois State Board of Education on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. This year, the SAC went in a new direction with the focus of the group. Rather than one large annual project, the SAC split into six focus groups to more efficiently examine the biggest issues facing students in schools today. Additionally, the SAC reached out to every 2018-2019 applicant in hopes of collaborating with them to develop the Student Voices website.


    The council includes 11 new and 10 returning members from across the state. The council will provide the State Board with diverse student perspectives on education issues in Illinois as the Board formulates policy throughout the year. The council will continue to develop the Student Voices microsite. Follow along with the council’s work on its independently managed Instagram account at


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