Critical Components Tool for Special Education Programs is a tool to be used by districts, cooperatives, and schools to enhance and improve special education programming through the utilization of a district/school improvement process. In order to support school districts who must review the provision of special education programs and services, it provides an analysis of needs with identified areas for plan development. This effort is led by the Illinois Center for Specialized Professional Support (ICSPS) at Illinois State University and supported by the Illinois State Board of Education.