Geographic Region: ISBE Regions
About the data
Regional offices of education (ROEs) are essential support offices partnering with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to support local school districts. The 39 regions, called ISBE regions or ROEs, are administered by locally elected regional superintendents of schools. Included in these 39 regions are three intermediate services centers (ISCs) in suburban Cook County and an additional ISC serving Chicago Public Schools.
In 2015, the regional offices of education and intermediate services centers consolidated to form the current Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools (IARSS). In 2020-21, these offices will serve students, educators, and communities to ensure the safety, support, and success of all.
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)
ISBE consolidated some 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 were 46 regions. Regions were numbered 1 through 56; however, some numbers were skipped.
- ISBE 2016 Regions: These regions apply from FY2016 into the future. There are 38 regions. Regions are numbered 1 through 56; however, some numbers are skipped.
Because many of the regions were changed as of July 1, 2015 (FY2016 and school year 2015-2016), data for regions from 2015 and earlier cannot be compared with data for regions from 2016 and later.
Because ISBE regions are aggregations of a small number of counties, searching in IECAM by 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 ISCs: 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.
All data reported in IECAM that are available by county are also available by ISBE region. Data that are not available by county are not available by ISBE region.