New State Assessment Coming in March

Illinois Assessment of Readiness Replaces PARCC
Posted on 02/20/2019
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Students in grades 3 through 8 will be participating in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)  in language arts and math during the statewide testing window of March 11 to April 26.

This is the first year for IAR assessment. Previously, students completed the PARCC Assessment.  While this is a new test for students in Illinois, the actual assessment items are being drawn from a bank of PARCC assessment items. The format of the test will be similar to PARCC, as well, with students completing the assessments on computers or iPads.  Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will have three math exams and two ELA (English language arts) exams during the testing period. Students in 6, 7, and 8 will complete three exams each for ELA and math over six days, April 10-17. Assessment results will be shared with schools in late summer and with parents in the fall.

The IAR is designed to give schools and teachers more information to support improvement efforts. The overall performance of each school by grade will be reported on the Illinois School Report Cards, which are released at the end of October every year.

No assessment can ever fully capture the skills and abilities of a great teacher or the extraordinary benefits and positive impact of a great school. This assessment will be just one reflection of your child’s academic growth. During the testing window, students will be encouraged to not be nervous about the assessment. We are emphasizing to them that they have been preparing for this test by learning every day in school, and that success means doing their best.  

Parts of an Assessment
Excellent and equitable assessment design includes four key components. View the IAR handout describing these components.

Schedule of Units and Testing Time
Each school is scheduling assessments by grade. But all students within a grade have the same testing time. View the details on the testing time chart issued by ISBE.

Additional information is available on the Illinois State Board of Education website under Illinois Assessment for Readiness