Innovation & Improvement

District Improvement Plan and Resources

Academic Status:
Submission of a District Improvement Plan (DIP) is required by federal and state regulations for districts that are in academic status. The plan must cover two fiscal years (e.g. FY09-FY10) and must be revised every two years while the district remains in status.

Illinois districts in status that did not submit a district improvement plan last year must submit a district improvement plan as required by Public Law 107-110, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Section 1101 et seq. and Section 2-3.25d of the School Code, 105 ILCS 5/2-3.25d. Revisions are then required at the expiration of the two-year plan while the district remains in academic status. Districts are required to submit restructuring plans on behalf of schools after the fifth calculation of not making Adequate Yearly Progress.

Response to Intervention (RtI):
All Illinois districts must submit a Response to Intervention (RtI) plan by January 1, 2009. Districts are to incorporate the RtI objectives and activities that address the required components in the District Improvement Plan (DIP) template at the Interactive Illinois Report Card website ( The RtI expectations are defined in Section 226.130 of the Illinois Administrative Code and details regarding the RtI plan components are available on the ISBE website at

Frequently Asked Questions: Improvement Plannning 2010-2011 pdf document

This document addresses questions that relate to the federal and state improvement plan requirements and provides web links to related resources and technical assistance.

District Improvement Plan Guide pdf document

The District Improvement Plan Guide includes instructions for completing the District Improvement Plan (DIP) template at the Illinois Interactive Report Card site (, provides guidance for plan developers.  The template and this accompanying guide are to be used together to ensure that users include all requirements of federal and state law for revised district improvement plans.  Plan developers will find these questions and the District Improvement Plan Monitoring Prompt useful in plan development, revision, and peer review. 

District Improvement Plan Monitoring Prompt pdf document

This checklist is used by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) for DIP monitoring in compliance with NCLB, Section 1116, and state law.  It addresses the requirements for DIPs in Illinois e-Plans as described in the District Improvement Plan Guide.  ISBE staff comments are intended to provide feedback on the plan to ensure that all groups will make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), meet Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAO), and address the areas of special education compliance, if applicable.

Single School District Improvement Plan Monitoring Prompt pdf document

  (Updated 7/10)

Single school districts are to complete the single school district improvement plan (SSDIP) on the IIRC. The District Improvement Plan Guide and School Improvement Plan Guide are to be used to develop the plan. Sections III and IV of the single school district improvement plan (SSDIP) align with the School Improvement Plan requirements.

District Improvement Plan Word Template word document

This tool provides assistance to district representatives with the development and refinement of the plan. Once the local board approves the district plan, the contents can be “cut and pasted” into the district’s IIRC e-Plan.

Federal and State Status for Districts

View the district and school improvement status charts.

Interactive Illinois Report Card

ISBE requires that all plans be submitted via “e-Plans” on the Interactive Illinois Report Card site.  This process streamlines and provides an interactive site where teams can work on plans at any time and store them on a secure server. The templates are loaded with the applicable district’s Report Card data. 

On the District Profile page, click on the link titled “Access the District Improvement e-Plan” located on the information banner across the top.  The passwords are protected and are available to authorized personnel by contacting Gail Buoy, Grants and Programs, by email at or sending an email to  Note: E-Plan passwords are not the same as the passwords for IIRC Student Data Services.


Federal Guidance
LEA and School Improvement Non-Regulatory Guidance (Revised July 21, 2006)
Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education.

Presentations to assist district/school personnel develop and refine improvement plans.

Professional Development Activities – Statewide Listing
Links to professional development offered by the Regional Offices of Education, Intermediate Service Centers, ISBE, IASA, IPA, IASBO, and Illinois ASCD.

Center on Innovation and Improvement
National center provides access to research-based resources on district and school improvement processes.

What Works Clearinghouse
U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Services that features educational resources demonstrating what works in education.

National High School Center
National center serves as the central source of information and expertise on high school improvement for the Regional Comprehensive Centers (RCCs).

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