Find Information on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
Find the most recently updated information and frequently asked questions about the federal education accountability law the Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA). Illinois' ESSA State Plan establishes a new framework for measuring school quality and supporting all schools.
Online Professional Development Courses for Educators
Illinois Virtual School provides educators with quality online professional development. Educators can use IVS to earn ISBE-approved professional development clock hours.
View School Report Cards
ISBE's Illinois Report Card provides families, educators, and communities with an annual informational snapshot of public schools across Illinois. Find school state-, district-, and school-level data on academic performance, school environment, educators, students, and highlights provided by principals.
Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS)
ELIS allows all educators, administrators, district employees, licensure officers, ROEs, and the public to operate in one system. ELIS provides educators with a clear and streamlined process to apply for and maintain their credentials.
Re-Certify, Prepare for, & Obtain a Teacher Certification
Find Illinois educator licensing requirements, information about license renewal and reinstatement, professional development opportunities, and guidelines to become an approved professional development provider.
Financial Reimbursement Information System (FRIS) Inquiry
FRIS Inquiry is a view-only system that contains state and federal grant, expenditure, and disbursement information for all local education agencies that receive funding from the Illinois State Board of Education.
Find Early Childhood Programs & Resources
Learn more about the Birth through Third Grade Continuity Project, the Prevention Initiative, Preschool For All, the Preschool Expansion Model, Kindergarten, Early Childhood Special Education, and resources for Preschool English Language Learners.
Find Information on the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)
Illinois administers a federally required science assessment to all students in fifth and eighth grades and after taking Biology I at the high school level. The Illinois Science Assessment aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and the Illinois Learning Standards for Science.
Find School Grants & Information
ISBE offers numerous direct grant opportunities through state and federal funds received by the agency. ISBE also publicizes some opportunities for school districts to apply directly to federal agencies or private/corporate foundations for funding.
Find Illinois Learning Standards Information
Learn more about the new Illinois Learning Standards for early learning, English/language arts, English language learning, fine arts, foreign language, math, PE/health, science, and social sciences.
Meet the State Superintendent of Education and the nine members of the Illinois State Board of Education. Find the schedule, agenda, and packets for the board's monthly regular business meetings.
Find School Safety Information
Find links to the School Safety Drill Act, Joint Rules adopted by the Office of the State Fire Marshal and ISBE, forms for documenting minimum compliance, a School Emergency and Crisis Response Plan Template, and other multi-hazard training documents.
Find Special Education Services Information
Special Education Services assures that school districts’ programs and services for students with special needs meet state and federal requirements.
Find Information on the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)
KIDS is a research-based observational assessment tool for teachers to document and reflect on the learning, development, and readiness of all children in kindergarten. KIDS aligns with the Illinois Early Learning and Development Standards.
Find Information on the SAT
The College Board’s SAT with essay is the state's required accountability assessment for high school and also serves as a free college admissions exam. All public school students in 11th grade must take the SAT with essay in order to graduate with a regular diploma.
Find Resources for Teachers
Educators can find resources to help students grow and achieve, including links to webpages organized by program area, a list of announcements and deadlines, and a list of frequently asked questions.
Find Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities
Learn more about equipment, funding, consultation, evaluation resources, implementation strategies, best practices, and other services available to ensure children with disabilities have access to a free and appropriate public education.
Find Career & Technical Education Information
Career and Technical Education programs in areas such as agricultural, business, marketing, computer technology, and engineering provide instruction for careers in high-wage, high-skill, and high-demand occupations.
Online Courses for Students in Grades 5-12
The Illinois Virtual School provides students with access to a variety of online courses while staying enrolled in their current school. Students can utilize IVS for credit recovery or full service courses taught by Illinois licensed, quality instructors.
Home School My Child
Find information on home schooling in Illinois and ISBE’s optional home schooling registration form.
Find Information on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
PARCC is Illinois' required accountability assessment for public school students in third through 12th grades. PARCC assesses students based on the new Illinois Learning Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
Find Information on School Climate and Bullying
Bullying behavior in schools can harm students’ social and emotional wellbeing and pose a significant barrier to learning. Find resources for creating and maintaining safe and inclusive school environments for all students.
Find Information on Student Assessments
With the adoption of the new Illinois Learning Standards, the state has retired many of its old tests. Our new, innovative assessments allow students to show what they know and are able to do and provide educators with reliable data to help guide instruction.
Find Legislation Regarding Illinois Schools
The Illinois State Board of Education advocates for policies that enhance education, empower districts, and ensure equitable outcomes for all students. Read frequently asked questions and summaries of education-related bills.
Find Information for English Learners
Learn more about support services for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds who have been identified as English Learners.
Find Information on School Construction
The Illinois General Assembly passed the School Construction Law (Public Act 90-548) in December 1997 to address the shortage of classroom space due to population growth or aging buildings. ISBE and the Capital Development Board administer the grant program.