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The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. IAR assesses the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered in English language arts and mathematics to all students in grades 3-8.​

UPDATE: March 17, 2023


    • Paper: March 6, 2023 (earliest) – April 7, 2023 (latest)
    • Online: March 6, 2023 (earliest) – April 21, 2023 (latest)​​​
    • *See additional key dates listed below.
  • Start Sessions (Start/End): March 6, 2023 – April 21, 2023


Students will need headphones for all English language arts/literature (ELA/L) units. Students who receive the Text-to-Speech accommodation for ELA/L assessments or use the Text-to-Speech accessibility feature for mathematics assessments also will need headphones. The audio quality of some featured videos may differ depending on the equipment being used for testing.To help improve the testing experience, we recommend the following tips in the TestNav Platform:

  • Set the volume to the highest level on the device.
  • Use the "slow-down" feature.
  • Try switching out headphones or earbuds.

2023 IAR Frequently Asked QuestionsPDF Document

Field Testing Participation

Field testing is a critical component in planning for future IAR testing. Each year, a small percentage of the Illinois student population is selected to participate. Please check the lists below to see if your school(s) is slated to participate. Students participating in the ELA/L field test will have a third unit added. Test administrators should use the same test administrative scripts and allow the same amount of time that they use for the other two ELA/L units.

Field Test Participation List

Irregularity Reports

In the event of a testing irregularity, school staff has five business days to submit a test irregularity form to the ISBE Assessment Department. Please provide details of the incident and what steps school staff took to correct it. Staff do not need to report minor technology issues that they are able to resolve and continue with student testing (e.g., student not initially assigned the correct test accommodations in the online test format).

Please complete the irregularity report and then submit it electronically via the ISBE website.

Click on the Send ISBE a file link at the bottom of the System Quick Links dropdown, which is in the upper left corner of the ISBE homepage. That will open the Attachment Manager. Once there, complete the fields, select IAR Irregularities from the ISBE eMail Name dropdown menu, and then click “Submit.”

 Parent Portal

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness Parent Portal is now available for parents/guardians. The Parent Portal provides parents and guardians online access to their child’s performance on the IAR test for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. The IAR Parent Portal User Guide is available and has information on how to create an account, log in to the account, and add claim codes to access student score reports and videos of Individual Student Reports (ISRs). The portal will also allow parents/guardians to track their student’s scores from year to year, beginning with the spring 2021 results. The unique access code can be found on each student's ISR. View IAR Sample Parent Video​.

Districts were informed via ClickDimensions about the introduction of the Parent Portal and how to inform parents of this new featurePDF Document.

Parent Portal Resources:

 Manuals & Technology

Pearson has updated the TestNav system requirements for the 2022-23 school year. The TestNav app must be downloaded and installed prior to spring 2023 testing.

These test documents and materials are for the spring/fall 2023 test administration.

 IAR Key Dates

Pearson Assessments has been awarded the contract to administer the IAR. The test administration platform and test delivery platform will be the same as it has been in the past. There will be no additional changes to accommodations for students taking the assessments. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact our Assessment Department at​

2022/2023 Testing Event
IAR Spring 2023 Testing Window – Paper Testing 3/6/23 - 4/7/23​
IAR Spring 2023 Testing Window – Online Testing 3/6/23 - 4/21/23​
Student registration available in PearsonAccessnext (PAN) Week of 12/19/22​
Initial Materials in District – Wave 1 (Manuals Only) 1/26/23
Deadline for Districts/Schools to have student information loaded into PAN for Pre-ID* 1/27/23​
SIS to PearsonAccessnext API tool integration begins 12/28/22
Initial Materials in District – Wave 2 (Initial Orders)
NOTE: Initial Paper Test Orders will now come in single packs instead of multiples (5’s or 10’s).
Additional order window for districts/schools (all paper testing materials) 2/21/23 – 4/5/23
Additional order window for districts/schools (computer testing materials) 2/21/23 – 4/19/23
Prepare Sessions Start 3/2/23
Start Sessions Start / End 3/6/23 – 4/21/23
Deadline to return paper-based testing scorable and nonscorable materials to Pearson (picked up by vendor - 1 week after testing) 4/14/23
Deadline to return computer-based testing nonscorable materials to Pearson (Math Human Reader scripts - 1 week after testing)
OnDemand Reporting (Preliminary Scores available in PAN) ​

 Training Presentations & Webinars

 Archived Materials





Summary Files Posted on Pearson Access Next (PAN)

Pearson has posted summary reports/files (under Published Reports) on Pearson Access Next. District/school staff with the District Coordinator role, School Test Coordinator role, or Report Access role will be able to view the reports (at the district and/or school level).

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