Illinois State Assessments

The IIRC presents results of state academic performance tests for all public schools and districts in Illinois for the years 1999-2011 in easy-to-understand graphs and tables.

The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)
The ISAT covers reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8, science in grades 4 and 7, and writing in grades 3, 5, 6, 8, and 11.

Since 2006 the ISAT testing of reading and mathematics has been scored on a common scale for all grades. This "equating" process affords a reliable measure of student learning that is comparable from year to year over time. Students' numeric scores on the ISAT test are converted to performance levels which indicate progress towards meeting the Illinois Learning Standards.

User tips: to see ISAT results, select your school or school district using the search options on the IIRC home page, then select the "Test Results" tab on the school or district profile page and select "ISAT." Remember, only elementary ad middle schools will have ISAT results.

The Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE)
The PSAE assessment measures the performance of high school students in grade 11 in reading, mathematics, writing and science. Most of the PSAE test questions are from the ACT assessments of English, reading, mathematics, writing and science. Also included are ACT's two WorkKeys assessments, Reading for Information and Applied Mathematics. WorkKeys measures workplace readiness skills. Students' numeric scores on the PSAE test are converted to performance levels which indicate progress towards meeting the Illinois Learning Standards.

User tips: to see PSAE results for your high school or district, select a high school using the search options on the IIRC home page, then select the "Test Results" tab on the school or district profile page and select "PSAE." Remember, only high schools will have PSAE testing results.

ACCESS for English Language Learners
Initiated in 2006, ACCESS for ELLs (English Language Learners) is a test designed to measure English language proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening for K-12 students whose first language is not English.

The Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA)
IAA measures the learning of students with severe cognitive disabilities for whom participation in the regular assessments is not appropriate. Using appropriate items from the regular tests, the IAA tests mathematics and reading in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11; science in grades 4, 7, and 11; and writing in grades 3, 5, 8,and 11.

Illinois students also take part in other assessments to measure the state's progress against national and international standards.

  • National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP)external.jpg
  • Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)external

New State Tests in 2014-2015
Illinois will administer new assessments, aligned with the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, starting in fall 2014. Taken online three times a year by students using computers, the new tests will promptly supply results data for use in classrooms.