ISAT Testing Begins This Week
Test Taking Strategies Provided
The spring 2014 Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) will be administered to all students in grades 3 through 8 this week. Regular testing will extend through Friday, March 7th with makeup tests taking place the following week as needed. Also, while some area schools our out, our district is in session for the Monday, March 3rd Casimir Pulaski holiday. Some school districts and government offices are closed, but we waive this holiday to limit disruptions to students during ISAT week.
If you are interested, here are some suggested test taking strategies that might be helpful for both students and parents. We try to not overemphasize one particular test and we measure student growth through a variety of local assessment measures, but schools are publicly "measured" to some extent on how our students perform on tests. Parents, thank you for making sure your child gets plenty of rest and a good breakfast on testing days, as well as any other day.
Our students have performed extremely well on the ISAT in recent years, although this week will mark the final administration of the ISAT due to the change to the new PARCC assessment across the state of Illinois in 2015. We will share more with parents regarding this assessment and other changes very soon. Here are more details regarding the achievement and academic growth of our students, including links to our past school report cards and the Illinois Interactive Report Card.
Please contact your child's school or my office if you have any questions at all. Thank you!
Mark R. Cross, Superintendent