Teaching and Learning Services for All Children
• College & Career Readiness
• Data Analysis and Accountability
• Early Childhood
• English Language Learning
• Innovation & Improvement
• Special Education Services
— Administers the state student assessment
system, including the Illinois Standards Achievement Test
(ISAT), Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE), the
Illinois Consumer Education Proficiency Test (ICEPT), the
Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA); and coordinates Illinois'
participation in the National Assessment of Education Progress
— Develops and provides
programs that infuse workplace and career preparation into
the K-12 school curriculum by integrating with and complementing
the Illinois Learning Standards; Coordinates partnerships
with regional workforce entities and higher education, occupational
skills standards and transition programs that smooth students'
pathways from high school to advanced education and training.
Works to promote agricultural education.
— Analyzes data
for policy and planning; coordinates annual reporting on
progress related to Board goals and legislative requirements.
— Develops and provides materials and
support for the Illinois Early Learning Standards and their
early childhood programs, and for programs that focus on
children from birth to eight years old, early intervention
students, pre-Kindergarten programs, early literacy, and
partnerships among schools, communities and service providers.
— Supports programs for students
(bilingual, immigrant, migrant, and refugee) acquiring knowledge
and skills in the English language, including, but limited
to: Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE), Transitional Programs
of Instruction (TPI), Federal NCLB/Title III Language Instruction
Programs for Limited English Proficient Students (LIPLEP)
and Emergency Immigrant Education Program (IEP); Refugee Children
School Impact Grant (RCSIG) and Migrant Education Program
(MEP). DELL also sponsors a Visiting Teacher Exchange Program
(VTEP) with the Spain Ministry of Education where additioinal
teachers can be recruited by school districts for cultural
exchanges and a Title II Bilingual Transition To Teaching
(BTTT) alternative teacher training program.
— The primary work of this division is aligned to the NCLB consolidated Grant Application (Title I, Part A, Title II, Title IV and carryover of Title V).
The division provides technical assistance to districts so they implement programming that aligns to the United States Department of Education's guidance on implementing the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The division also supports the Statewide System of Support for the district and school improvement process and provides technical assistance as it relates to District Improvement Plans, Restructuring Plans, District Title I Plans, Title I Schoolwide Plans, Parental Involvement as it relates to NCLB, and Private School Participation in Title Programs.
Assures that special education programs and services meet state and federal requirements; includes monitoring least restrictive environment compliance, administering due process system, providing mediation services, conducting compliant investigations, approving policies and procedures, conducting focused and comprehensive reviews, approving nonpublic special education facilities and other compliance functions. Provides technical assistance and training to school personnel, parents and others on the special education rules, processes and procedural safeguards. Provides support to local education agencies and parents to facilitate and improve services for special education-eligible students; conducts and coordinates technical assistance and professional development activities in special education program and service areas; administers the special education surrogate parent program; works with the State Advisory Council on the Education of Children with Disabilities and other advisory councils.
- Provides monitoring and compliance resolution for District 299. Oversees adherence to the Corey H. Settlement Agreement. Provides technical assistance and training to school personnel, parents and others on the special education rules, processes and procedural safeguards. Provides support to local education agencies and parents to facilitate and improve services for special education-eligible students; conducts and coordinates technical assistance and professional development activities in special education program and service areas.