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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 23, 2003

Additional Supplemental Educational Services Providers Approved by State Board

October 23, 2003 -- The State Board of Education today added two new names to the list of approved providers of Supplemental Educational Services under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Supplemental educational services are intended to increase the academic achievement of eligible children in reading and math through tutoring and other high-quality academic enrichment services that are provided in addition to instruction during the school day.

In today's action, the State Board approved Cicero School District 99 to provide supplemental reading skills, and Wicker Park Learning for reading and math skills. With the addition of these two providers, the Approved List of Supplemental Educational Service Providers now totals 19 providers.

"We are pleased to add these much needed services," said State Superintendent of Education Robert E. Schiller. "While it is required as part of No Child Left Behind, we need to ensure that providers meet the criteria to assist our students."

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.

School districts must notify parents about what supplemental education services are available and who is eligible to provide them, as well as a brief description of the services, qualifications, and demonstrated effectiveness of each provider. Parents should get the information from the district at least annually in a language and format they can understand.

Under the No Child Left Behind Act, State Board approval of providers is required. The full list of providers is posted on the Illinois State Board of Education's website at http://www.isbe.net/nclb/htmls/sesp.htm.

Illinois State Board of Education
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Springfield, IL 62777