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ISAT
All students* in grades 3 through 8 participate in tests from the State of Illinois during the first two weeks of March. Nearly every third through eighth grader* will take the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)** during this period. The following assessments were taken in each of the following grade levels during 2008.

 
Grade
3
Grade
4
Grade
5
Grade
6
Grade
7
Grade
8
Reading
X
X
X
X
X
X
Mathematics
X
X
X
X
X
X
Science
X
X
Writing
X
X
X

The Illinois State Board of Education has posted sample questions on its website for parents, students, and community members. Click here if you'd like an idea of what ISAT questions are like!

The tests are given during the school day during the first week of March with make-up testing for students who were absent continuing in to the second week of March. In conjunction with the federal No Child Left Behind Act provision that a minimum of 95% of all students participate in the assessments, all schools make a conscientious effort to ensure that all students are tested.

The results from the ISAT Reading and Mathematics tests are used to calculate the academic achievement component of Adequate Yearly Progress. In 2008, 62.5% of all students and of the students in each identified No Child Left Behind sub-group are required to have met or exceeded standards in Reading and Math. If 62.5% of students in any sub-group do not meet or exceed standards, the school will not be considered meeting Adequate Yearly Progress.

*A small number of students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) will be assessed using the Illinois Alternate Assessment. They will be assessed in the same areas of assessment at each respective grade level as are outlined above. If your child is participating in the Illinois Alternate Assessment, you should receive more specific information about the assessments and their timing from his or her teacher.

**Prior to 2008, students learning English who met specific state requirements participated in the Illinois Measure of Annual Growth in English assessments in Reading and Mathematics. These tests were in English, and they covered the same content from the Illinois Learning Standards that was included on ISATs. IMAGE tests were created to be more accessible to students learning English while still measuring their progress in reading and mathematics.