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Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)
The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) is an exam that measures success in meeting state standards. The state has determined that the ISAT expectations for the current state standards for students in grades 3-8 are too low and do not give an accurate picture of a student’s ability to succeed in college and the workforce and the performance levels have been raised significantly. ISBE is changing its expectations for higher performance from students going forward to show their progress toward the new college and career-readiness targets.

The state will replace the ISAT tests in Math and English Language Arts with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. The PARCC exams will line up with the Common Core State Standards and provide better information about students’ abilities to master the appropriate skills and content for college and careers. Unlike the ISAT, which is given once a year, the PARCC tests will be given more than once during the school year. The exam will give us a more detailed picture of students’ strengths and areas that need improvement.

Testing Purpose
The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) measures individual student achievement relative to the Illinois Learning Standards. The results give parents, teachers, and schools one measure of student learning and school performance.

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