Elementary students in grades 3-8 will begin taking the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) this week. The test will be administered from March 2 - March 12 at all CPS elementary schools. Year-round schools also take the ISAT.
The ISAT is a state test of academic achievement required by the “No Child Left Behind” law. Results are used for state and district accountability systems (e.g. determining if schools made “adequate yearly progress,” or probation, for instance). A portion of the test is also used for individual student accountability (promotion to the next grade level) and for determining student eligibility for various programs.
Students in grades 3-8 will be tested in reading and math, students in grades 4 and 7 will also be tested in science, and students in grades 5, 6, and 8 will also be tested in writing.
Last-minute “cramming” for the ISAT won’t help. You can help your child do his or her best on the test by:
- Talking with your child’s principal or teacher. They are the best resource for information about ISAT testing.
- Making sure your child attends school on the days of testing and arrives at school promptly.
- Making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep each night before testing.
- Taking advantage of complimentary breakfasts, if offered at your child’s school, on the mornings of testing.
- Encouraging your child to ask the teacher questions if he or she doesn’t understand the test directions.
- Letting your child know that you have confidence in his or her ability to do his or her best.
- Trying to keep distractions and disruptions at home to a minimum.
For more information contact your child’s school or visit the Illinois State Board of Education.
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Article written by C. Payton.