Number of students meeting standards drops
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently released 2013 state average test scores that showed Illinois elementary school students are demonstrating growth in learning over the five-year trend under new performance levels. However, as expected following the board’s move to raise performance levels on the 2013 Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), the number of students meeting and exceeding state standards dropped.
These higher performance levels provide a more accurate and earlier indication of college and career readiness and better align with the expectations for 11th-graders who take the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), which includes the ACT. The ACT is considered the gold standard for measuring college and career readiness.
“By raising the ISAT cut scores in reading and math, we’ve seen the expected drop in student performance, but this drop does not reflect on students as a group or individuals – we raised the bar on performance levels,” said Illinois State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “We needed to raise our expectations at the elementary level, so that students are on track for high school and eventually prepared to succeed in college, career and daily life. As we map student performance over time on the new performance levels, we’re seeing steady growth.”
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