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June 28, 2010

Announcement Concerning ISAT & IAA Writing Assessment for Grades 3, 5, 6 and 8

Due to the historic budget crisis facing Illinois, the State Board of Education decided not to administer the writing assessments (grades 3, 5, 6, and 8) for the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) and the Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA) in the 2010-11 school year. The writing assessments are not part of the No Child Left Behind federal mandate, and Illinois receives no federal dollars to support the writing assessments.

The writing assessments will still be a component of the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) and IAA given to 11th-grade students in Illinois. Many universities require the writing assessment for admission.

The writing assessments will be re-evaluated for the 2011-12 school year, with hopes budget levels will return to fund vital education programs.

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777