Preschool Environments Data

Preschool Environment codes report where children with IEPs receive the majority of their early childhood special education and related services. Each state is required by the US Department of Education to have in place a performance plan evaluating the state’s implementation of Part B of IDEA and describing how the state will improve such implementation. This plan is called the Part B State Performance Plan (SPP) and is posted on the ISBE’s website.

Annual Performance Report (APR)

In addition, each state reports annually to the public on the performance of each of its local educational agencies according to the targets in its SPP.

The state also reports annually to the Secretary of Education on its performance in meeting its SPP targets. This report is called the Part B Annual Performance Report (APR), this report is also posted on the by ISBE.

SPP Indicator 6

SPP Indicator 6 is the percent of children with IEPs aged 3, 4, and aged 5 who are enrolled in a preschool program attending a:

  1. Regular early childhood program and receiving the majority of special education and related services in the regular early childhood; and
  2. Separate special education class, separate school or residential facility.

District EE Data

In Illinois special education data is reported in the District Report Card. Look for Early Childhood Preschool Environment Data and a summary of the State Performance Plan Indicators and targets on the final pages.

Or you can contact to request a copy of your recent data. Be sure to tell us the district and use a business email address. We are only able to share district data with a district representative.

Early CHOICES Decision Tree App!

Early CHOICES has launched an app available for either Apple or Android devices. Search “Early CHOICES Decision Trees.” or Apple or Google. The app serves to keep the decision trees for Early Childhood Outcomes (ECO) and Preschool Environment Codes handy for you. Data accuracy is fundamental to continuous quality improvement. And if you know the CHOICES team, you know we are all about the data. Download on your device today!

A webpage to generate Preschool Environment Codes for districts in Illinois is available. A User’s Guide can be downloaded here. To use visit .

The IEP team can use the Decision Tree For Coding Educational Environment 3-5 year olds to determine the correct Preschool Environment code for children ages 3–5.

The Preschool Environment codes are defined in Illinois by the ISBE and reported using the FACTS data system. You can learn how to apply them with our on demand Determining Preschool Environments Module. ISBE has created a Frequently Ask Questions on Preschool Environment Codes.

For more information on the Preschool Environment data from ISBE visit this link