School Districts in Full Compliance
July 22, 2021 - North Cook Intermediate Service Center (ISC) / Regional Office of Education #5 in Des Plaines is pleased to announce that all 10 school districts scheduled for compliance audits during the 2020-2021 school year were deemed in "full compliance."
The elementary school districts inspected were: River Trails District 26, Sunset Ridge District 29, West Northfield District 31, Glenview District 34, Schaumburg District 54, Mt. Prospect District 57, Golf District 67, and East Prairie District 73. Township High School District 211 and Niles Township High School District 219 were also inspected during the 2020-21 school year.
During these visits, the Compliance Team inspects school facilities, records, policies, programs, credentials, and curriculum to determine compliance with state and federal laws and The Illinois School Code.
Audits are conducted, as required by the State Board of Education, every four years. Due to Covid-19 restrictions during the 2020-21 school year, on-site visits, including data reviews, building tours, and talking with teachers, students and staff about the schools and programs, were performed virtually; however, most end-of-year visits were handled in person.
At the same time, an audit of each district's Professional Development activities during the year was also conducted to ensure compliance with Illinois Learning Standards.
The compliance process is an opportunity for school districts to improve operations and support the programs that deliver quantitative and quality educational experiences and services to students in the North Cook region.
Regional Superintendent of North Cook ISC Dr. Kevin Jauch said, "The NCISC/ROE5 Compliance Team would like to thank everyone at these 10 districts for their cooperation and assistance during this unique and challenging year."
This is just one of the regulatory functions that the Regional Office of Education is responsible for; others include health and life safety at schools and educator licensure. There are a total of 39 school districts within the North Cook region, 32 elementary and seven high school districts, as well as two special education co-operatives.