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The Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative (ISTAC) provides technical assistance to school districts for the purpose of improving outcomes for ALL students. ISTAC promotes a district-wide prevention and wellness approach, a multi-tiered system of supports, and school partnerships with family and community stakeholders. ISTAC facilitates development of a sustainable district-level system, empowering district leadership to implement evidence-based practices, focusing on students with disabilities (ages 3 through 21st year). Consistent with research, improving outcomes for vulnerable student populations results in increased improvement in the general population. Evidence of these outcomes include:

  • Full access to and participation in the general education curriculum, general education settings, extra-curricular and community-based activities, and progress toward individual student goals
  • High level of social and academic achievement for all students, including those with disabilities
  • Graduation with a regular high school diploma in 4 years (or less) unless otherwise determined by an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Participation in inclusive and meaningful post-school opportunities (e.g. additional education/training, employment, recreation, independent living, social relationships)

Through professional development, technical assistance, and coaching, ISTAC assists district teams and coaches to build capacity and efficacy in achieving and surpassing state and federal regulations.

The School Association for Special Education in DuPage County (SASED), is the operating and fiscal agent for ISTAC. SASED is a cooperative of 18 school districts providing services to 6,442 students with disabilities in DuPage County, Illinois. For more information about SASED, please visit the website as
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