FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 13, 2003
State Board of Education updates approved
Supplemental Educational Service Providers
Required by the federal No Child Left
Behind Act of 2001
The State Board of Education today accepted additions
to the list of approved providers of Supplemental Educational
Services. The list is required under the federal No Child
Left Behind Act of 2001.
Schools receiving federal Title I funding are required
to provide supplemental educational services for students
if the school fails to make adequate yearly progress on
state standards-based assessments for three consecutive
years. In such schools, parents are allowed to pick providers
from the list of approved SES providers, and districts
then contract with the approved providers for services
to eligible students. Districts use a portion of their
current federal Title I funding to pay for the services.
The State Board adopted criteria in September 2002 and
disseminated the Application for Supplemental Educational
Service Providers in October and accepted applications
through December 2. A total of 13 applicants was placed
on the initial Approved List of Supplemental Service Providers.
A second round of applications was solicited between
February 1 and April 14, 2003. ISBE staff received 39
applications, and based on the criteria adopted by the
State Board, is recommending that eight of the applicants
be added to the Approved List of Supplemental Service
Providers. To be placed on the approved list, educational
service providers must show that their programs are effective,
research based, aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards,
and staffed by qualified employees. Currently, the plan
is to solicit applications between February and April
of each year.
The approved list will be provided to districts later
this month, and the districts, in turn, are required to
notify parents of available services. If requested, districts
may help parents choose a provider. Districts pay for
the services from federal monies they receive. Parents
deal directly with the providers of services.
The eight applicants recommended for addition to the
approved list are Computer Services & Consulting,
Inc., Chicago; EdSolutions, Inc., Nashville; HOSTS Learning,
Chicago; Kaplan K12 Learning Services, New York; KidBiz3000,
Howell, New Jersey; Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes,
San Luis Obispo, California; Sylvan Learning Systems,
Inc., Baltimore; and Whirlwind, Chicago.
A list of approved providers is available on the ISBE
Web site (http://www.isbe.net/nclb/pdfs/sesprovider.pdf).