In 1995, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) decided to have the Regional Offices in Illinois assume the duty of completing the Compliance Review at schools.
Section 2-3.25 of the Illinois School Code sets forth standards for schools to adhere to. The ISBE provides levels of recognition and non-recognition. The Compliance Review is a component of this recognition process.
The Regional Offices of Education have certain statutory responsibilities to assure that local school districts adhere to provisions of the Illinois School Code, the Illinois Administrative Code, and rules and regulations set forth by the ISBE. Compliance is a continuous process which includes a regular, on-site 33 page administrative audit of 187 questions for each district using a state annual school evaluation form.
Annual Building Inspections
The primary purpose of annual inspections is to insure that schools are at least minimally safe, sanitary, and fit for occupancy. It may also serve to confirm that school boards are making reasonable progress with previously issued orders to effect compliance.
By law, all public schools must be inspected at least once each year. This includes facilities that are leased or rented by the district and used for school purposes. The extent and detail involved in an inspection depends upon the nature of the facility to be inspected. Factors such as size, complexity, age, previous conditions, etc., should be taken into consideration in planning and conducting inspections.
Districts must maintain their school buildings in continuous compliance with minimum standards, and be inspected annually. When, during the course of the year, a particular facility should be inspected is up to the discretion of the ROE. Facilities may be inspected more frequently if or when the ROE determines that it is necessary to do so.
Public School Compliance