Assessments/Tests: Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)
From 1999-2004, the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) was an assessment to measure grade 3, 5, and 8 student achievement in the subject areas of mathematics, reading, and writing. The assessment was also used to measure grade 4 and 7 student achievement in the subject areas of science and social science. Schools, on a voluntary basis, could assess grade 9 and/or 10 students in the subject areas of physical development and health and fine arts. Grade 3, 5, and 8 students will only be assessed in mathematics and reading while grade 4 and 7 students will only be tested on science beginning in 2005. The Assessment Division of the Illinois State Board of Education develops and administers the ISAT.
ISAT and the Illinois Learning Standards
ISAT results are measured against or relative to the Illinois Learning Standards.
ISAT Test Results
Results of the assessment are reported for each subject area on 4 performance levels: exceeds standards, meets standards, below standards, and academic warning.
ISAT and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
The ISAT is used as a core component in measuring adequate yearly progress (AYP) for all public schools. The scores of students with disabilities and limited proficiency in the English language are also computed into the AYP measurement.
Additional information regarding the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) may be found at the following website: