Special Education Services
LRE Data Cohort
The Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) Data Cohort was formed in 2010 to provide districts with a process for analyzing their educational environment data (both quantitative and qualitative). Its focus is to improve the school climate with a more robust continuum of placements so that students with individualized education programs (IEPs) have greater access to the general education environment.
- The Special Education Services Division at the Illinois State Board of Education is looking for districts that are interested in participating in an exciting opportunity. The purpose of the LRE Data Cohort is to provide districts hands-on collaborative assistance in examining their data to enhance placement options for students with disabilities. Districts who volunteer and are chosen to participate in the LRE Data Cohort 5 will work with state technical assistance providers on modules that guide the process. Those districts who have been selected will form a team and partake in three work sessions.
The LRE Data Cohort aligns to the Critical Performance Indicator 5A of the State Performance Plan (SPP) which addresses the educational environment of students with disabilities, with specific emphasis on the following factors:
- Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in the LRE, and
- The percent of students with disabilities, ages 6-21, inside the general education classroom 80% or more of the school day.