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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​About t​​​​​​​​​he Illinois Center for School Improvement

High-Performing Districts, High-Achieving Students

The mission of the Illinois Center for School Improvement (Illinois CSI) is to lead the delivery of high-quality, research based statewide system of support services designed to raise student performance by increasing district-level capacity for exceptional teaching and learning.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) established Illinois CSI to provide high-quality, coordinated, and consistent support to the Illinois statewide system of support (SSoS). Illinois CSI resources and services will ensure that districts and schools receive expert, timely, and relevant assistance to increase district capacity, improve student performance, and close achievement gaps. Illinois CSI will advance ISBE's commitment to continue SSoS partnerships through the state's established regional delivery system.

Illinois CSI support and coordination of SSoS is defined by five key functions:

  • Provide oversight and management to SSoS.
  • Maintain alignment with ISBE's vision and reform initiatives.
  • Work with identified school districts.
  • Increase district-level capacity to improve teaching and learning.
  • Evaluate systemwide processes.

Illinois CSI is operated by American Institutes for Research (AIR) in close partnership with ISBE.

2015 Annual Review​

2014 Annual Review

One-page, double-sided fact sheet 

About AIR


Founded in 1946, American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the largest and most successful behavioral and social science research organizations in the world. As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, AIR is committed to empowering communities, institutions, and individuals with innovative solutions to the most enduring as well as contemporary challenges in education, health, workforce productivity, and international development. AIR's mission is to conduct and apply behavioral and social science research to improve people's lives and well-being, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged. 




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