Assessments/Tests: Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE)
From 1999-2004, the Praire State Achievement Examination (PSAE) was an assessment to measure grade 11 student achievement in the subject areas of mathematics, reading, writing, social studies, and science. Beginning in 2005, the PSAE will only measure student achievement in the subject areas of mathematics, reading, and science. Each high school in Illinois is required to administer the 2-day PSAE test to all grade 11 (juniors) students.
PSAE Comprised of 3 Components
- An American College Test (ACT) assessment which includes English, mathematics, reading, and science tests
- WorkKeys assessments in applied mathematics and reading for information
- Illinois State Board of Education-produced test in science
PSAE and the Illinois Learning Standards
PSAE results are measured against or relative to the Illinois Learning Standards.
PSAE 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. This test is very important and the results go on each student's transcripts.
PSAE and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
The PSAE 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 Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) may be found at the following website: