There are several important standardized tests that your child will
inevitably come across while progressing through the Illinois education
system. The two most common tests are the Illinois Standards Achievement
Test (ISAT) and the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE), the
former given to students enrolled in grades 3 through 8, and the latter
to juniors in high school. Other Illinois standardized tests include MAP
assessments and the newly created PARCC assessment, which, as of the
2014-15 school year will take the place of the ISAT.
Illinois Standards Achievement Test measures the achievement of
students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8 and science in grades
4 and 7.
- The content of the operational reading portion of the
test includes 50 multiple choice items, as well as an additional
extended response item. It covers the concepts of key ideas and
details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas.
content of the operational mathematics assessments include 65 multiple
choice items, 2 short constructed response items, and 1 extended
resopnse item. The concepts are based on grade level.
operational science assessments, taken during a student's 4th and 7th
grade year, contains 75 multiple choice items, all covering fundamental
concepts, such as earth science and astronomy.
The Prairie State Achievement Examination measures the achievement of Grade 11 students in reading, math, science, and writing.
The exam has 3 components:
ACT Plus Writing, which includes 4 multiple choice tests that cover
English, Math, Reading, and Science, as well as Writing. (This
component plays an important role in college admissions process, as the
schores are required and reviewed by most colleges in the nation.)
- An Illinois State Board of Education developed science assessment.
- Two WorkKeys Assessments (Applied Mathematics and Reading for Information).
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
assessments are set to replace the ISAT assessments and to begin in the
2014-15 school year.
- It will be computer-based and will be better aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
to the Illinois State Board of Education, "the assessments will include
a rich set of performance-based taska that address a long standing
concern among educators about large scale, pencil and paper assessments -
they have been unable to capture some of the most important skills that
we strive to develop in students."
- Through technology enhanced
test items, this computer based assessment is said to allow the
measurement of important skills students will need for life beyond high
school and will be interactive and engaging.
fo Academic Progress assessments provide detailed, actionable data
about where each student is on their unique learning path.
- It is
a computerized adaptive assessment that schools and teachers use to
gain valuable knowledge that will help improve student skills in
reading, math, language, and sometimes science throughout the school
- Also, it adapts to student responses as they take the test
(if they answer a question correctly, the test gets more challenging
and vice versa).
For more information on these assessments, please visit the following links: