Regional Offices of Education (ROEs) are offices partnering with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to support local school districts and are grouped by county or counties throughout Illinois. The 38 regions, formally called ISBE Regions, are administered by locally elected Regional Superintendents of Schools.

In Cook County, Intermediate Service Centers (ISCs) serve the functions of Regional Superintendents of Schools and Regional Offices of Education.

In 2015, the Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Services Centers consolidated to form the current Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools (IARSS)

Sources of definition: the most current ROE directory from the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Note: ISBE consolidated some ROEs/ISBE Regions as of July 1, 2015 (that is, beginning with FY2016 and school year 2015-2016). Therefore, IECAM reports two separate regions:

  • ISBE Regions: These regions apply from the first year of data on IECAM (FY2006) through FY2015. There are 46 regions. Regions are numbered 1 through 56 because some numbers are skipped.
  • ISBE 2016 Regions: These regions apply from FY2016 into the future. There are 37 regions. Regions are numbered 1 through 56 because some numbers are skipped.

Note on comparing ROE/ISBE regions for 2015 and earlier with ROE/ISBE regions for 2016 and later: Because many of the ROE/ISBE regions were changed as of July 1, 2015 (FY2016 and school year 2015-2016), data for ROE/ISBE regions from 2015 and earlier cannot be compared with data for ROE/ISBE regions from 2016 and later.

Note: For more details on ROEs, see the ROE directory from the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools and/or the ROE webpage on the ISBE Web site.

Note: Because ROE/ISBE Regions are aggregations of a small number of counties, searching in IECAM by ROE/ISBE Regions is a good way to get data on small regional areas, or to get data for reports that are directly tied to ISBE activities.

Note on suburban Cook County ROEs: In October 2010, ROE 14 (suburban Cook County) was dissolved, and the entities (e.g., school districts) within the former ROE 14 were assigned to the Intermediate Service Centers (ISCs) for North Cook, West Cook, or South Cook, with the newly assigned ROE numbers 5, 6, and 7, respectively; to the City of Chicago (ROE 15); or to the counties of DuPage (ROE 19) or Kane (ROE 31). IECAM reports data for the former ROE 14 for suburban Cook County only, not for the three ISCs.

Note on data availability by ISBE region: All data reported in IECAM that are available by county are also available by ROE/ISBE region. Data that are not available by county are not available by ROE/ISBE region.

Map Source: Illinois State Board of Education