Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)
There have been many exciting changes in the area of science! The first shift came with the publication of the Next Generation Science Standards in the spring of 2013. These new standards call for adjustments to the way we approach teaching and learning in science. Rather than engaging students in fixed outcome experiments and learning facts, the new standards promote asking questions and generating solutions. We are proud of the work our teachers have done to implement these new standards.
As you may recall in previous years, public school students in grades 3-8 took a test called ISAT (Illinois Standards Achievement Test). The ISAT provided parents and teachers with information about students’ proficiency with specific learning standards in science, as well as English language arts and math. ISAT assessments were administered each spring, and the results were typically distributed to schools and parents in the fall.
In an attempt to improve the testing process, Illinois has changed the science portion of the ISAT to the new Illinois Science Assessment (ISA). Just like ISAT, the state-required ISA will measure students’ proficiency with specific learning standards in science. Since this is a new assessment, we aren’t sure when the results will be available. We look forward to reviewing them and sharing them with parents once they are readied.
We anticipate that ISA will produce a more positive testing experience for students and more informative results for teachers and parents. For more information, please visit the Illinois Science Assessment website and contact your child’s building administrator or our Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Becky Mathison if you have questions.