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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2003

State Board of Education updates approved list of Supplemental Educational Service Providers

Required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

The State Board of Education today accepted additions to the list of approved providers of Supplemental Educational Services. The list is required under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001.

Schools receiving federal Title I funding are required to provide supplemental educational services for students if the school fails to make adequate yearly progress on state standards-based assessments for three consecutive years. In such schools, parents are allowed to pick providers from the list of approved SES providers, and districts then contract with the approved providers for services to eligible students. Districts use a portion of their current federal Title I funding to pay for the services.

The State Board adopted criteria in September 2002 and disseminated the Application for Supplemental Educational Service Providers in October and accepted applications through December 2. A total of 13 applicants was placed on the initial Approved List of Supplemental Service Providers.

A second round of applications was solicited between February 1 and April 14, 2003. ISBE staff received 39 applications, and based on the criteria adopted by the State Board, is recommending that eight of the applicants be added to the Approved List of Supplemental Service Providers. To be placed on the approved list, educational service providers must show that their programs are effective, research based, aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards, and staffed by qualified employees. Currently, the plan is to solicit applications between February and April of each year.

The approved list will be provided to districts later this month, and the districts, in turn, are required to notify parents of available services. If requested, districts may help parents choose a provider. Districts pay for the services from federal monies they receive. Parents deal directly with the providers of services.

The eight applicants recommended for addition to the approved list are Computer Services & Consulting, Inc., Chicago; EdSolutions, Inc., Nashville; HOSTS Learning, Chicago; Kaplan K12 Learning Services, New York; KidBiz3000, Howell, New Jersey; Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes, San Luis Obispo, California; Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc., Baltimore; and Whirlwind, Chicago.

A list of approved providers is available on the ISBE Web site (http://www.isbe.net/nclb/pdfs/sesprovider.pdf).

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