With the adoption of the new Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core, the state has retired many of its old tests and replaced them with new, innovative assessments that will provide educators with reliable data to help guide instruction. Often aided by technological advances, these assessments will allow for students to better showcase their skills compared to the old, multiple-choice format.
The Assessment Division of the Illinois State Board of Education is responsible for developing and administering tests that measure the performance of students and schools against the Illinois Learning Standards. The state assessment scores are used to measure adequate yearly progress (AYP) for all public schools. All students' scores are part of the AYP measure, including students with disabilities and limited English proficiency.
News and Updates (10/1/15)
PARCC Score Toolkit – ISBE has developed a tool kit to help administrators and educators understand and explain what to expect for the district, school, and individual student results from the 2015 PARCC exam administration.
Response letter from the U.S. Department of Education regarding state assessments (March 2015)
USED Assessment Clarification(December 2014)
Illinois Assessments 2015-16
Recent Listserv Messages
ACCESS for ELLS
ACT® Plus Writing and ACT WorkKeys®
PARCC Test Design Changes Slated for SY16
In response to feedback from teachers, students, and parents, the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment will return next year with a shorter, simpler format to improve the testing process while ensuring reliable results.
Illinois Assessment Dates
Important Links and Resources
Presentations and Webinars (9/25/15)
Questions about Assessments?
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