Starting in 2014-15, Illinois students transitioned to a new state test to measure how well they are mastering the skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. The tests were designed to provide accurate information so that teachers, parents and students can work together now to ensure kids are on track for the next grade and prepared for what comes after high school. Recent independent studies have found PARCC aligns to the standards and assessment criteria that matter most.
“Illinois is deeply committed to minimizing testing. Aligned assessments, curricula and standards dramatically decrease the need for multiple tests and support our belief that the best preparation for testing is good teaching. We need to celebrate the good work our teachers and schools are doing to teach the new content our children must have for success in the future. Tests are simply one measure to help track our progress. We all understand that no test can ever fully capture the inspiring skills and abilities of a great teacher or the extraordinary benefits and positive impact of a great school.”
-Tony Smith, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Education
Parents and guardians received two score reports in the fall from their school, summarizing how their student performed on the English Language Arts/literacy and mathematics tests. Score reports will come back much sooner this year – by the end of summer – and include adjustments that make the score report easier to read and understand.
For more information and resources to help you get the most from the score reports, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education or contact us with questions.Visit The Illinois State Board of Education
For state specific questions or to contact your local state official, fill out this form.
Families of students in grades 3-8 can take advantage of the GreatKids Test Guide for Parents to better understand what their child was tested on and how to support their child’s learning, grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject. To get started, grab your score report and choose your state and the grade your child was in last year. Also available en Espanol.
There are many online resources that provide information about the standards for each grade, tools to enhance your child’s learning in these areas, and examples of the types of work that meet standards. We have collected some of the best resources for you. There may also be organizations in your community that have tutoring and enrichment programs. Your local library may have a book club, or a community center may have after-school programs to help with homework. Visit our Help your Child page to find links, helpful teacher videos and other resources.Continue Reading