ISAT

  The Freeport School District is rolling out more personal standardized tests. 

The new assessment is known as the Measures of Academic Progress Test, and is adaptive.  Unlike the ISAT and PARCC, it  adjusts the difficulty of questions in real time based on students answers.  This means if a student is doing well, they'll receive harder questions, while if they're performing poorly, the questions will get easier.  

Officials hope the progress test, or MAP, can provide more accurate student metrics as it’s given several times per year. 

DeKalb School District

Starting March 4th, Illinois public school students will sharpen their number 2 pencils for this year’s round of standardized testing known as the ISATs. Meanwhile, school districts are warning parents that kids aren’t expected to score as highly as last year, under new higher standards. 

Tougher Tests for Illinois Students

Feb 4, 2013
State Board of Education

Student achievement tests given to third through eighth graders will be more difficult this year.  The Illinois Standards Achievement Tests are meant to measure learning in areas like language and math.  But the new versions given this spring will require a broader understanding of subjects.  Illinois will also raise the bar for meeting learning standards, which means fewer students are likely to hit the benchmarks.