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April 23, 2010

Grade 12 PSAE Testing in 2010

Starting in 2010, some grade 12 students will be allowed to participate in PSAE for the sole purpose of satisfying the PSAE diploma requirement. Please make sure that your school does not test any grade 12 students who are exempt from or have already satisfied the PSAE diploma requirement. Please carefully review the 2009-10 PSAE Diploma Guidance document, specifically page 4 for frequently asked questions about this. The “not tested reasons” referenced below are defined online at http://www.isbe.net/sis/pdf/not_testing.pdf.

EXEMPT Grade 12 Students:

  • Current grade 12 students who are not scheduled to receive a regular high school diploma are exempt.

Such students should be coded with a not tested reason of “11” in the Assessment Correction File any time from May 14-July 19, 2010, and should not test.

  • Current grade 12 students who were not enrolled in any Illinois public school during the spring 2009 PSAE administration are exempt from the PSAE diploma requirement and should not take either day of PSAE in 2010, even if this is their desire. This includes grade 12 students who attended a school out of the state or country in spring 2009 and those who were enrolled in a private school, such as a home-schooled setting or a parochial school.

Such students should be coded with a not tested reason of “12” in the Assessment Correction File any time from May 14-July 19, 2010, and should not test. Enter this code as soon as possible.

  • Current grade 12 students for whom IAA would be the appropriate state assessment (whether they took it or not) are exempt from the PSAE diploma requirement and should not take either day of PSAE in 2010, even if this is their desire.
    Such students should be coded with a not tested reason of “13” in the Assessment Correction File any time from May 14-July 19, 2010, and should not test. Enter this code as soon as possible.

Grade 12 students have satisfied the PSAE diploma requirement

  • By having participated in PSAE Day 1 and/or PSAE Day 2 in a previous school year in the spring.
    Such students should not be listed in the 2010 Pre-ID file.
  • By having participated in PSAE Day 1 and/or PSAE Day 2 in a previous school year as part of the Grade 12 PSAE Fall Retake (Fall 2008 or prior). Please note that those scores are not captured in ISBE’s Student Information System, so these students may be listed in the 2010 Pre-ID file.
    Such students should be coded with a not tested reason of “10” in the Assessment Correction File any time from May 14-July 19, 2010, and should not test. Enter this code as soon as possible.

Please refer to the FAQ document concerning grade 12 records and page 46 in the Spring 2010 PSAE Day 2 Manual for additional details about the new testing of grade 12 students in 2010. If you still have questions about the testing of grade 12 students after reviewing these documents, please contact Megan Forness at 217.782.4823 or via email at mforness@isbe.net.

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