Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)
Learn about ISAT assessments from these ISBE presentations.
- Test Maps for 2014 ISAT (PDF)
- 2014 ISAT Sample Items for Grade 4 Science
- 2014 ISAT Sample Items for Grade 7 Science
The IIRC presents the annual results of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test
(ISAT) for all Illinois public schools and districts for the years 1999-2013 in
easy-to-understand graphs and tables. Students in grades 3 through 8 take the ISAT
every year in March.
ISAT measures individual
student achievement relative to the Common Core State Standards. In 2013, 40% of
ISAT items were linked to the Common Core. In spring 2014, 100% of test items will
be linked to the new standards. Results are reported by subject according to four
performance levels: exceeds standards, meets standards, below standards, and academic
The IIRC's bar graphs, displaying school or district results on the ISAT tests,
are color-coded to show the proportion of students in each performance level. The
results give parents, teachers, and schools one measure of student learning and
Grades and subject areas tested have varied over the years for which results are
shown. The test results screens on IIRC report all prior test results for any given
year regardless of subsequent changes.
In addition to reporting results for ALL students, IIRC displays the specific student
subgroups by race/ethnicity (six groups), low income status, students with disabilities,
and limited-English proficient. Specific demographic groups are tracked for purposes
of assessing Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) of schools and districts.
In determining "Adequate Yearly Progress" of a school or school district, for purposes
of the federal No Child Left Behind legislation, only the results of reading and
mathematics tests are included in the calculation for a given school or school district.
Note that graphs showing performance levels on IIRC include all students tested.
Students who enrolled in the school or district after May 1 of the prior school
year are not included in the calculations for Adequate Yearly Progress.
In 2014-15, the new PARCC assessments, which are fully aligned to the Common Core
State Standards, will replace the ISAT.