IL-Empower

ESSA and IL-EMPOWER

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) represents the belief of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and our stakeholders that students with the greatest needs deserve the greatest share of our public education resources. Grounding our work in the practice of equity will ensure that we provide all students with the supports they need to succeed from Pre-K through high school and onto purposeful lives.


IL-EMPOWER, embedded in ESSA, seeks to build a strong and stable foundation of schoolwide systems by developing effective continuous improvement practices, also known as school improvement planning. IL-EMPOWER is a statewide system of differentiated supports and accountability to improve student learning. It is purposely designed for capacity development to leverage schools’ strengths to meet student needs. The system empowers schools with greater choice and voice in the school improvement process.

Starting with the 2018 School Report Card, each Illinois school received a Summative Designation, which is a measure of progress in academic and student success. Multiple measures determine one of four Summative Designations for each school.  The four designations include:

  • Exemplary School: A school that has no underperforming subgroups, a graduation rate of greater than 67 percent, and whose performance is in the top 10 percent of schools statewide.
  • Commendable School: A school that has no underperforming subgroups and a graduation rate above 67 percent, and whose performance is not in the top 10 percent of schools statewide.
  • Underperforming (Targeted) School: A school in which one or more subgroup is performing at or below the level of the “all students” group in the lowest 5 percent of Title I schools.
  • Lowest-Performing (Comprehensive) School: A school that is in the lowest performing 5 percent Title I schools in Illinois and those high schools that have a graduation rate of 67 percent or less.

 

The designation for each school may be found on the Illinois School Report Card. illinoisreportcard.com/

 

Designated schools who are receiving services are required to complete the Illinois Quality Framework Needs Assessment, which uses multiple data sources to assess the school.  

 

  • Lowest-Performing/Comprehensive schools are required to contract with an ISBE Approved Learning Partner.
  • Underperforming/Targeted schools are not required to work with a Learning Partner, however, if a targeted school decides to contract with a vendor in order to utilize Title I, Part A, Section 1003 School Improvement Grant Funds, the school must utilize an ISBE Approved Learning Partner.

 

 

 

ROE #21 IL Empower Partnering Schools

2020-2021

Central Jr. High- West Frankfort Unit #168

Washington School -Johnston City Unit #1

Marion Jr. High School -Marion Unit #2 

Vienna Grade School- Vienna District #55

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2019-2020

Central Jr. High- West Frankfort Unit #168

Washington School -Johnston City Unit #1

Marion Jr. High School -Marion #2 

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2018-2019

Central Jr. High- West Frankfort Unit #168

Washington School -Johnston City Unit #1

Marion Jr. High School -Marion #2