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Supplemental Educational Services - District Information

bullet Mandatory District Information Postings

Pursuant to 34 C.F.R. 200.39(c), certain information about Choice and Supplemental Educational Services (SES) is required to be posted on each school district’s website where Choice or Choice and SES are required to be implemented. In cases where a district does not have a website, the state must post the information on behalf of the district on the state’s website. This portion of the SES website houses data reports that districts have asked the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to post on its site. ISBE does not offer any assurance as to the accuracy or completeness of the data in these reports. Questions about those data should be directed to the individual school district.

bullet Aides for Implementing SES

bullet Criminal Background Checks

Districts are reminded that they must have in hand criminal background checks for all SES provider employees who have significant contact with children in the district.  This requirement is in 105 ILCS 5/10-21.9(f) of the Illinois School Code. 

The ISBE Legal staff has prepared a guidance document for districts regarding this requirement.  This requirement is also discussed in Part 150(f) of the administrative rules for SES.

bullet Sample Individual Forms and/or Letters:


STARS is the web-based program through which providers record student enrollment and attendance information.  STARS also calculates the legal billing amount that providers may charge districts and that districts may pay to providers.  Districts may have read-only access to STARS by contacting ISBE SES staff

PARS is the web-based program through which providers make application for approval and record their cost and other information. There is public read-only access to PARS by logging into PARS using “guest” as both the username and the password. Note that “guest” is all lower case letters.