The State Board of Education shall work with districts with one or more schools in Comprehensive School Improvement Status to perform a needs assessment to determine the district's core functions that are areas of strength and weakness. The results from the needs assessment shall be used by the district and school to identify goals and objectives for improvement. The needs assessment shall include at a minimum, a review of the following areas: student performance on State assessments; student performance on local assessments; finances, including resource allocation reviews; governance, including effectiveness of school leadership; student engagement opportunities and access to those opportunities; instructional practices; standards-aligned curriculum; school climate and culture survey results; family and community engagement; reflective stakeholder engagement; continuous school improvement practices; educator and employee quality, including staff continuity and turnover rates; and alignment of professional development to continuous improvement efforts.
(b) Beginning in 2018, a school designated as "Targeted" shall be defined as a school in which one or more student groups is performing at or below the level of the "all students" group of schools designated Comprehensive, as defined in paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this Section.
(c) Beginning in 2023, a school designated as "Intensive" shall be defined as a school that has completed a full 4-year cycle of Comprehensive School Improvement but does not meet the criteria to exit that status, as defined in the State Plan referenced in subsection (b) of Section 2-3.25a of this Code, at the end of the cycle.
(d) All schools in school improvement status, including Comprehensive, Targeted, and Intensive schools, must complete a school-level needs assessment and develop and implement a continuous improvement plan.
(Source: P.A. 103-175, eff. 6-30-23.)