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 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.
ISAC provides students and families with free assistance from experts on the college-going and financial aid process. ISAC can provide you with the information you need to identify and choose a college that is right for you, help you fill out your college applications, and guide you through the financial aid process so you can get all the financial aid for which you are eligible. ISAC offers free workshops across the state, as well as free one-on one mentoring in locations near you!
ISAC manages and administers numerous college financial aid and scholarship, and repayment programs on behalf of the state, including the Monetary Award Program (MAP), the largest grant program for low-income college students in the state. Visit ISAC.org or call our call center for information on eligibility and applications for state financial aid.
The state's only prepaid tuition plan, College Illinois! offers families a unique way to plan for college costs, by prepaying for college tuition at today's plan rates. So no matter how high tuition rates climb by the time your student is ready to attend college, tuition and mandatory fees will be covered for the schools in their plan. As a 529 plan, College Illinois! offers great tax advantages, and the value of plan benefits can be used at most public and private colleges across the country.
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 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.
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.
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.