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For Immediate Release
October 21, 2005

Illinois State Board of Education Seeking Input on State Performance Plan for Special Education

Individuals encouraged to submit input online

SPRINGFIELD –The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Department of Special Education Services is currently seeking input on the State Performance Plan, which is due to the U.S. Department of Education on December 2, 2005.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, signed on December 3, 2004, became PL 108-446. In accordance with 20 U.S.C. 1416(b)(1), not later than one year after the date of enactment of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004, each State must have in place a performance plan that evaluates the State’s efforts to implement the requirements and purposes of Part B and describe how the State will improve such implementation. This plan is called the Part B State Performance Plan (Part B – SPP). In accordance with 20 U.S.C. 1416(b)(2)(C)(ii) the State shall report annually to the public on the performance of each local educational agency located in the State on the targets in the State’s performance plan.

The draft of Illinois’ State Performance Plan may be viewed at http://www.isbe.net/spec-ed/pdfs/partb_comment.pdf. At this time Illinois’ SPP includes the required monitoring priority areas as well as their corresponding indicators and measurements. Proposed improvement activities, timelines and resources specific to Illinois have also been included. ISBE is seeking stakeholder input in the development of state-level improvement activities and measurable and rigorous targets. Individuals with comments or questions may use sppinput@isbe.net to provide input. The web-link and e-mail address will be available from October 21, 2005 through November 15, 2005.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777