There have been several significant changes for state standardized testing this year.
The most notable change is the addition of a science test to be taken by select students in the state of Illinois. While details have yet to be finalized, we do have some preliminary information. The science test, as aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, will be given to 5th, 8th and 10th graders. A testing date/window has not been established yet but the test will occur sometime in the spring. The exam will be online and testing time should take 90 minutes or less.
PARCC testing in the state of Illinois will look a little bit different this year. Last year there were 2 testing windows, a Performance Based Assessment (PBA) window and an End of Year Assessment (EOY) window. This year the state has consolidated the two tests into a singular testing window that will be 30 days and will extend from when approximately 75 percent of the school year is complete to the 90 percent mark. The earliest the test will be made available through Pearson Access Next is March 7. Another change was to reduce the number of test units from eight or nine, depending on grade level, to six or seven. This will result in a reduction of testing time for most students by 90 minutes.
We will continue to provide updates as they become available. If you have specific questions regarding this information, please contact your school administrative team.