|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2001
Reports indicate that the first administration of the Prairie State Achievement Examination went very smoothly throughout the state, according to State Superintendent of Education Glenn W. McGee.
responded extremely well to this unique test that measures progress
on the Illinois Learning Standards,” McGee said. “Reports
from across the state indicate that attendance was high and students
were actively engaged in the testing process.
speaks well to the efforts of local school officials in preparing
for the test administration and in emphasizing the importance
of the PSAE. First-year
preparation for any test is difficult, and since this is the
first “high stakes” test for all Illinois juniors, extraordinary
efforts were required. Local
districts admirably stepped up to the challenge and did a magnificent
job of administering the test,” McGee concluded.
of the PSAE are required by state law to be a part of the permanent
records of students. The
PSAE tested students’ achievement of the Illinois Learning Standards
in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social science. In
addition to the Standards achievement results, test-takers get
two bonuses – ACT Assessment results
that can be used for college admission and WorkKeys scores that
employers may use for evaluating applicants.
PSAE is the first statewide test to incorporate within it a college
entrance examination, the ACT, and workplace-skills tests, the
ACT WorkKeys in Applied Mathematics and Reading for Information.
Board staff and staff from ACT visited several test sites throughout
the state to monitor this first administration of the PSAE.
significant problems were found on any of these visits,” McGee
monitors were pleased to find the process proceeding smoothly
with attendance higher than expected and students concentrating
on the test items.
have noted some ways that we can help districts with this testing
burden in future years, and we will continue working with local
school officials to find improvements that will ease the logistic
difficulties of administering this important test. We
will survey local district officials and conduct a number of
focus groups to get suggestions for things we can do to improve
future test administrations.”