ISAT http://northernpublicradio.org en New Standards Make Old Scores Look Bad In Illinois Schools http://northernpublicradio.org/post/new-standards-make-old-scores-look-bad-illinois-schools <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Starting March </span>4<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Illinois public school students will sharpen their number 2 pencils for this year’s round of standardized testing known as the </span>ISATs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Meanwhile, school districts are warning parents that kids aren’t expected to score as highly as last year, under new higher standards.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:32:54 +0000 Susan Stephens 25796 at http://northernpublicradio.org New Standards Make Old Scores Look Bad In Illinois Schools Tougher Tests for Illinois Students http://northernpublicradio.org/post/tougher-tests-illinois-students <p id="yui_3_7_2_1_1359972510448_2015">Student achievement tests given to third through eighth graders will be more difficult this year.&nbsp; <span id="yui_3_7_2_1_1359972510448_2013">The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are meant to measure learning in areas like language and math.&nbsp; But the new versions given this spring will require a broader understanding of subjects.&nbsp; Illinois will also raise the bar for meeting learning standards, which means fewer students are likely to hit the benchmarks.&nbsp; </span></p><p></p><p id="yui_3_7_2_1_1359972510448_2015"> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:01:08 +0000 WNIJ 24965 at http://northernpublicradio.org Tougher Tests for Illinois Students