Innovation & Improvement
District and School Improvement Plans
Frequently Asked Questions • Submission Dates • Overview of District and School Plans • Resources • Assistance
The Illinois State Board of Education requires all Illinois education districts and schools to organize their educational improvement and technology integration planning through use of electronic Illinois e-Plans. These planning instruments are accessible via interactive templates on the Interactive Illinois Report Card (IIRC) at http://iirc.niu.edu/.
- Illinois Improvement Plans and Resources:
- Resource Manual for Improvement Planning 2010-2011: (Updated 7/10) Compiled resources for developing and refining improvement plans and the Title I District plan.
Use of specific e-Plans is required for some districts and schools according to state and federal regulations. The templates are also beneficial to all districts and schools as planning tools.
This document addresses questions that relate to the federal and state improvement plan requirements and provides web links to related resources and technical assistance.
NOTE: The initial date that ISBE releases district and school assessment results via the Illinois Web Application Security (IWAS) serves as the official notification of district and school status related to district, school, and restructuring plans.
- June 4, 2010 – ISAT data (elementary and middle schools) released via IWAS
- July 12, 2010 – PSAE data (high schools) released via IWAS
Based on the 2010 data, the timeline for the submission of required improvement plans on the Illinois Interactive Report Card (IIRC) site (http://iirc.niu.edu) follows.
Type of Plan
|District Improvement Plan||A district improvement plan is due if the district report card indicates the district is in academic status and/or the current district improvement plan has expired.||
|School Improvement Plan||A school improvement plan is due if the school report card indicates the school is in academic status and/or the current school improvement plan has expired. This deadline also applies for single school districts.||
|Restructuring Plan||District must write restructuring plans for any school listed as AW2, AW3, AW4, or AW5 (see Status Chart) that does not have an ISBE reviewed restructuring plan.||
|Title I District Plan||All districts requesting Title I federal funding must have an approved Title I District Plan on file at the IIRC. (NCLB Section 1112)||Title I funds may not be released until the plan is submitted and approved by ISBE.|
- District Improvement Plan (DIP)
Submission of this plan is required by state and federal regulations for districts that are in academic status. The plan must cover two fiscal years (e.g. FY 2010 – FY 2012) and must be revised every two years while the district remains in status. The plan requirements also apply to single school districts.
School Improvement Plan (SIP)
Submission of this plan is required by state and federal regulations for schools that are in academic status. A plan must cover two fiscal years (e.g. FY 2010 – FY 2012) and must be revised every two years while the school remains in status.
This plan is required by state and federal regulations for schools that are in federal restructuring status or state academic status level AW2 or beyond. The plan may be a multi-year plan that will be implemented should the school fail to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) again. Districts must develop restructuring plans on behalf of their schools in restructuring planning status.
- Title I District Plan
All school districts receiving Title I federal funding must have an approved Title I District Plan (Local Educational Plan) on file at the Interactive Illinois Report Card (IIRC) prior to receiving Title I funds.
Federal Guidance - LEA and School Improvement Non-Regulatory Guidance (Revised) July 21, 2006
Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.
Center on Innovation and Improvement
National center provides access to research-based resources on district and school improvement processes.
What Works Clearinghouse
U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Services that features educational resources demonstrating what works in education.
Presentations to assist district/school personnel develop and refine improvement plans.
- Tips for Improvement Planning: Lessons Learned (webinar)
- Developing School Improvement Plans #101 (Power Point)
- Guidance for Restructuring – Broad Strokes (webinar)
Professional Development Activities – Statewide Listing
Links to professional development offered by the Regional Offices of Education, Intermediate Service Centers, ISBE, IASA, IPA, IASBO, and Illinois ASCD.
Illinois Principals Association/ISBE: School Showcase webinars
Illinois middle and high schools that made significant academic improvement in 2009-2010. Handouts and other materials are available to download with each school’s recording.
- Assistance with Developing or implementing a school or district improvement plan or a restructuring plan:
- Assistance with Title I District Plans: