Innovation & Improvement

District and School Improvement Plans

Frequently Asked QuestionsSubmission DatesOverview of District and School PlansResourcesAssistance

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

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.

bullet Frequently Asked Questions: Improvement Planning 2010-2011

(Updated 7/10)

This document addresses questions that relate to the federal and state improvement plan requirements and provides web links to related resources and technical assistance.

bullet Submission Dates for 2010-2011:

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. 

Based on the 2010 data, the timeline for the submission of required improvement plans on the Illinois Interactive Report Card (IIRC) site ( follows.

Type of Plan
Time Period
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.
90 days
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.
135 days
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.
6 months
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.

bullet Overview of Illinois District and School Plans

bullet Resources:

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.

National High School Center
National center serves as the central source of information and expertise on high school improvement for the Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs).

Presentations to assist district/school personnel develop and refine improvement plans.

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.

bullet Assistance