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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 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: November 13, 2023​

Prepare for 2024 — IAR Testing Dates
Paper: March 4 (earliest) – April 5 (latest)
Online: March 4 (earliest) – April 19 (latest)

Update Contact Information in PearsonAccessnext
If any of your contact information has changed (principal, superintendent, school name, address, etc.), please update in PAN to ensure that your testing materials are delivered correctly. 
Those with District Test Coordinator and School Test Coordinator access are authorized to make these updates. 

2024 IAR Test Administration Training Webinars
Please plan to attend the training webinar option that best fits your role or testing experience. There are two date and time options for each training.

  • Test Administration Training (New Users)
    This training is geared toward new users and will provide detailed step-by-step test administration information for district/school test coordinators.

    • 10 a.m. on Jan. 10, 2024, or
    • 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2024 
  • Test Administration Training (Experienced Users)
    This training is geared toward experienced district/school test coordinators and will provide an overview of "What's New for Spring 2024" information.
    •  10 a.m. on Jan. 16, or
    • 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 10
  • ​Technology Coordinator Training
    This training will provide updates on technology activities and supported devices for the spring administration.
    • 3:15 p.m. on Jan. 9, or
    • 10 a.m. on Jan. 11​

TestNav Updates
Pearson has updated the TestNav system requirements for the 2023-24 school year. Please review the technical bulletins and system requirement pages below to ensure your school devices are ready for the spring administration.

**IMPORTANT: The updated TestNav app must be downloaded and installed prior to spring 2024 testing.

 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 2023-2024 school year. Please review the technical bulletins and system requirement pages below to ensure your school devices are ready for the fall (if applicable) and spring administrations.
IMPORTANT: The updated TestNav app must be downloaded and installed prior to Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 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 assessment@isbe.net.​


Events
Date(s)
IAR spring 2024 Testing Window – Paper Testing
3/4/20 - 4/5/24
IAR spring 2024 Testing Window – Online Testing
3/4/24 - 4/19/24​
Student registration available in PearsonAccessnext (PAN)
(Districts/Schools can import SR/PNP for Accommodations) 
12/27/23
API SIS to PAN integration begins 12/27/23
Deadline for districts/schools to have student information loaded into PAN for Pre-ID 1/26/24
Initial Materials in district – Wave 1 (manuals only) 1/25/24
Initial Materials in district – Wave 2 (initial orders) 2/20/24
Additional Order window for districts/schools (all paper testing materials) 2/20/24 - 4/4/24
Additional Order window for districts/schools (computer materials – reader scripts) 2/20/24 - 4/17/24
Create Session (in PAN) Start/End 12/21/23 - 4/19/24
Prepare Sessions Start 2/29/24
Start Sessions Start / End 3/4/24 - 4/19/24
Deadline to return paper-based testing scorable and nonscorable materials to Pearson (picked up by vendor – One week after testing. *Failure to submit by the deadline could result in student tests not being scored.) *4/12/24
Deadline to return computer-based testing nonscorable materials to Pearson (Math Human Reader scripts – One week after testing.) 4/26/24

 Test Design

​English Language Arts

The ELA/L summative assessment is available in Grades 3 – 8. Students read and analyze passages from real, authentic texts – both fiction and nonfiction – as well as multimedia. Students then draw upon what they’ve learned from these passages and multimedia, using that knowledge to respond in writing. These skills are critically important for students in college and the workplace.

MATHEMATICS

The mathematics summative assessment is available in Grades 3 – 8. Students solve multi-step math problems that require reasoning and address real-world situations. This requires students to reason mathematically, make sense of quantities and their relationships to solve real-world problems, and show their understanding. Many previous assessments focused mostly on rote procedure only.

IAR Performance Levels

Results on assessments are reported for ELA and Mathematics according to five performance levels that delineate the knowledge, skills and practices students are able to demonstrate:
  • Level 1: Did not yet meet expectations
  • Level 2: Partially met expectations
  • Level 3: Approached expectations
  • Level 4: Met expectations
  • Level 5: Exceeded expectations

 Training Presentations & Webinars

 Archived Materials

​​2022

​​2021

​​2020

​​2019

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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