Public School Recognition Division
Application for Recognition of Schools
The 2013-2014 Application for Recognition of Schools (ARS) is now available and open on IWAS. As in previous years the ARS is available in IWAS for public school administrators, school district personnel, and Regional Office of Education personnel to submit their applications electronically in a timely fashion. No paper submissions will be accepted. Please note the following:
- Each public school is required to submit the ARS electronically to its district office prior to September 30, 2013. Each school district must submit the ARS for each of its schools to the respective Regional Office of Education by the close of business on September 30, 2013. In the case of Chicago Public Schools (CPS), each school is required to submit the ARS electronically to the CPS Office of Education Policy and Procedures by the close of business on September 30, 2013. The Regional Offices of Education and the CPS Office of Education Policy and Procedures are then required to electronically transmit the ARS to the Illinois State Board of Education by the close of business on October 15, 2013.
- In addition to the Application for Recognition of Schools, each school district must submit a list of all paraprofessionals it employs to the State Superintendent of Education with the application as per 23 Ill Admin. Code 1.630 (b) (5) (A).
- Again for the 2013-2014 school year, school districts must submit information concerning first and second year principals eligible for the Illinois New Principal Mentoring Program as per Public Act 94-1039.
- Again for the 2013-2014 school year school, districts are being asked about teacher and principal evaluations. Each item, which includes the applicable statutory reference, must be answered either "yes" or "no". Though implementation dates of PERA and Senate Bill 7 may vary, the items in this section apply to all school districts in Illinois. Important note: due to confusion in the previous application submission, a district will not be able to submit the ARS for its schools [see paragraph (a) above] until it has submitted the Teacher and Principal Evaluation responses to the Regional Superintendent of Schools.
Reminder: Applications for Recognition must be approved by your Board of Education.