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July 7, 2006

This message contains information regarding the posting of test scores. Please be sure that this is passed on to those who need to know.

More information will be forthcoming in the next week.

POSTING OF SCORES

Beginning Monday, July 10, ISAT and IAA scores will be posted for a limited number of districts on both Spectrum and on SIS that can be accessed via IWAS.

Not all districts’ scores will be ready for posting at the same time. When your districts scores are posted, they can be accessed on the Spectrum website at http://spectrum.harcourt.com and in IWAS via the Student Information System (SIS).

For SIS districts, Spectrum will be view only and corrections are to be made through the SIS uploading process. In order to view the scores on SIS, click on the 2006 Assessment Score link. In order to correct student demographic information, use the 2006 Assessment Correction file. For any assistance you may need with this process, please email help@isbe.net.

PLEASE NOTE: FOR SIS DISTRICTS, THE STUDENT DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION ON SPECTRUM AND SERVICE POINT (FOR IMAGE) IS NOT CURRENT. FOR SIS DISTRICTS, STUDENT DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION IN THE SIS ASSESSMENT CORRECTION FILE WILL BE USED FOR AYP PURPOSES. PLEASE MAKE SURE THESE DATA ARE ACCURATE.

For non-SIS districts, only ISAT scores will be posted on Spectrum and corrections are to be made online on Spectrum. Go to http://spectrum.harcourt.com, and contact Harcourt at 800-763-2306 for any assistance you may need using Spectrum.

We expect IMAGE scores to be posted on Questar’s ServicePoint Web site and from the SIS 2006 Assessment Score link by Friday, July 14. Non-SIS districts need to go to ServicePoint to make data corrections. For assistance using on ServicePoint, contact Questar via email at techsupport@questared.com or by phone at 800-931-6309.

Districts will be alerted when Grade 11 PSAE, IAA and IMAGE scores are posted later in July.

The last month has been spent running studies and conducting quality review checks to ensure accurate scoring. We apologize for the delay but it was important for the quality assurance checks to be completed before posting.

***Remember that these data are preliminary and are not intended for public distribution. Districts take a risk if they go public with this information before final AYP calculations have been completed. The state will not be releasing statewide data until all tests have been scored and posted.

CORRECTION WINDOW

The assessment data correction window will be extended for all grades until August 23, 2006.

At that time, we will close the entire process so our contractors can print and ship district, school, and individual student reports. The data correction window allows districts and schools to review and correct student demographic information and to review test scores to see if any individual student scores need verification.

RESCORING

To request rescoring of any test, please go www.isbe.net/assessment for the procedures and request form.

AYP CALCULATIONS

An announcement on AYP will be forthcoming.

HELP

For more help or information, please call 217-558-3600 or email help@isbe.net. For Non-SIS districts, please call Harcourt’s helpdesk at 800-763-2306.

We will continue to update this information as it becomes available. Thank you for your time, dedication and patience.

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