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Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Service Centers are entrusted with assessing compliance of local school districts and recognized non-public schools in the state of Illinois. This process consists of a systematic review of district documentation and recording compliance with state and federal laws and Illinois School Code. The resulting designation is reported on the state website and as part of the Illinois Report Card. The compliance process is seen as an opportunity to improve operations and support the programs that deliver quality educational experiences to students.

Districts' and schools' recognition status is based upon compliance with the requirements imposed by law, including but not limited to the recognition standards established by the State Board of Education pursuant to Section 2-3.25 of the School Code and this Part, as modified or waived, if applicable, pursuant to Section 2-3.25g of the School Code and Section 1.100 of this Part or Section 22-60 of the School Code and Section 1.110 of this Part [23 Ill Admin. Code 1.20 (a) (3)].

The Regional Superintendents of Schools, in collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education have created an online compliance system to streamline the process for school districts.