ISAT-Illinois Standards Achievement Test  (Grades 3-8)

The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) measures individual student achievement relative to the Illinois Learning Standards. The results give parents, teachers, and schools one measure of student learning and school performance.  Grades three-eighth are tested in Reading and math.  Fourth and seventh grades also test in Science.


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PSAE-Prairie State Achievement Examination  (Grade 11)

The Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) measures the achievement of grade 11 students in reading, mathematics, science, and writing.

The PSAE includes three components: (1) the ACT Plus Writing, which includes the ACT battery of four multiple-choice tests (English, mathematics, reading, and science) and a 30-minute constructed-response writing test with a single prompt question; (2) an ISBE-developed science assessment, and (3) two “real world” skilled assessments (Applied Mathematics and Reading for Information).

Plan  (Grade 10)

The PLAN® program helps 10th graders build a solid foundation for future academic and career success and provides information needed to address school districts’ high-priority issues. It is a comprehensive guidance resource that helps students measure their current academic development, explore career/training options, and make plans for the remaining years of high school and post-graduation years.

PLAN can help all students—those who are college-bound as well as those who are likely to enter the workforce directly after high school.

As a “pre-ACT” test, PLAN is a powerful predictor of success on the ACT. At the same time, many schools recognize the importance of PLAN testing for all students, as it focuses attention on both career preparation and improving academic achievement.

Explore  (Grade 9)

The EXPLORE® program is designed to help 8th and 9th graders explore a broad range of options for their future. EXPLORE prepares students not only for their high school coursework, but for their post–high school choices as well. It marks an important beginning for a student’s future academic and career success.


Response to Intervention (RtI) is “the practice of providing 1) high-quality instruction/intervention matched to student needs and 2) using learning rate over time and level of performance to 3) make important educational decisions” (Batsche, et al., 2005). This means using differentiated instructional strategies for all learners, providing all learners with scientific, research-based interventions, continuously measuring student performance using scientifically research-based progress monitoring instruments for all learners and making educational decisions based on a student’s response to interventions. RtI has three essential components: 1) using a three tier model of school supports, 2) utilizing a problem-solving method for decision-making, and 3) having an integrated data system that informs instruction.


What is AIMSweb?

AIMSweb is a benchmark and progress monitoring system based on direct, frequent and continuous student assessment. The results are reported to students, parents, teachers and administrators via a web-based data management and reporting system to determine response to intervention.

How Does AIMSweb Work?

The AIMSweb system components provide one comprehensive progress monitoring and RTI Solution.

  • Benchmark – Assess all students three times per year for universal screening (early identification), general education progress monitoring, and AYP accountability.
  • Strategic Monitor – Monitor at-risk students monthly and evaluate the effectiveness of instructional changes.
  • Progress Monitor – Write individualized annual goals and monitor more frequently for those who need intensive instructional services.


ACCESS/ELL-English Language Learner/Limited English Proficient (LEP)


How do you know if a student enrolling in your district is Limited English Proficient (LEP) (also called an English Language Learner (ELL)) and is eligible for language support services?
Follow these steps:
  • Administer a Home Language Survey to ALL students (Preschool – Grade 12) newly registering in your district.  Sample Home Language Surveys are available on the ISBE website in English and forty other languages.
  • Assess the English language proficiency of all students whose parents answered “yes” to one or both of the Home Language Survey questions, “Is a language other than English spoken in the home?’ and “Does the student speak a language other than English?”
  • If the student is identified as Limited English Proficient (LEP), provide services as required based on the individual student’s needs.

IAA-Illinois Alternate Assessment

The Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA) is the yardstick the state uses to measure the learning of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Students take the IAA if participation in the state’s regular assessments — the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) or the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) — is not appropriate, even with accommodations.

The IAA is a performance-based assessment that uses on demand tasks, which are aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards. The IAA is based on alternate achievement standards in reading, mathematics, science and writing at the grades corresponding to ISAT and PSAE.

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