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.
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.