Evidence-Based Funding & ESSA Resources

The Evidence-Based Model of School Funding and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) have made waves in the way education is funded and the way expenditures will be reported by school districts. Take advantage of the resources and events below to stay in the know on the impact of these two pieces of legislation.

Evidence-Based Funding

On August 31, Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 1947, enacting a new evidence-based school funding formula into law. The resources and events below provide guidance on how this law impacts your district.


​IASA EBM and ESSA Workshops for Superintendents in January, February & March

​IASA is pleased to offer a series of workshops at locations around the state designed to introduce, educate and understand both the Evidence-Based Model (EBM) and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as well as examine the relationship between the two.

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — Site-Based Expenditure Reporting

Due to a need for data on a school-level basis to comply with ESSA, ISBE is currently working on a new data collection mechanism. Collecting the necessary data to input in this form will require more school district reporting processes. An advisory committee has been formed to help ISBE with the process — Illinois ASBO is represented by Executive Director/CEO Dr. Michael Jacoby, Past President Susan Harkin and Treasurer Dr. Dean Romano.

See the guidance documents from ISBE released on January 30, 2018!

ESSA Lunch and Learn

​Lunch & Learn Webinar: ESSA Site-Level Reporting & Your FY19 Budget

​Helpful Hints on How to Prepare your FY19 Budget to Comply ESSA Site-Level Expenditure Reporting
As part of the new ESSA compliance requirements, school districts will now be required to report their district expenditures at the site-level. Attend this FREE webinar to understand: 
  • What is site-level expenditure reporting? Why are we doing this?  Why now?
  • What was ISBE’s approach to compliance with the requirements?
  • What can districts expect next?
  • How can districts start preparing?


IPA Webinar

Video Update on Site-Based Expenditure Reporting​

Looking for insights on how site-based expenditure reporting under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) may be implemented in Illinois? 

Watch a panel discussion on the issue featuring lllinois ASBO Executive Director/CEO Michael A. Jacoby, Ed.D., SFO, CAE, along with Sara R. Shaw, Senior Manager of Fiscal & Academic Solvency at Illinois State Board of Education, Carrie Stewart, Managing Director at Afton Partners and Dean T. Romano, Ed.D., Chief Operating Officer at Yorkville CUSD 115.

Get perspective on exactly what "site-based expenditure reporting" means, how it came about and if and how it is connected to Evidence-Based Funding. In addition, you'll hear an update on the work of ISBE's advisory committee on the issue.