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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.

IAR assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics will be administered to all students in grades 3-8.​


ISBE is advocating for the U.S. Department of Education to make waivers available for spring 2021 assessments as soon as possible. Please see Dr. Ayala’s Feb. 5 message​PDF Document. Illinois will apply for a waiver as soon as one is made available. In the meantime, ISBE must proceed with the necessary preparations for administering assessments, in case the U.S. Department of Education does not make a waiver available. Any state that would unilaterally decide to cancel assessments without an approved waiver in place would risk losing billions of dollars in federal aid for schools.​​​​

 IAR Key Dates - Spring 2021 Administration

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.

IAR Spring 2021 Testing Window - Paper Based Testing 3/15/21- 4/30/21
IAR Spring 2021 Testing Window - Computer Based Testing 3/15/21 - 5/14/21
Initial student registration information upload from ISBE's Student Information System (SIS) to PearsonAccessnext (PAN) 1/5/21
API SIS to PearsonAccessnext integration begins 1/6/21
SR/PNP District/School Imports for Accommodations 1/6/21
Deadline for Districts/Schools to have student information loaded into PAN for initial paper material orders and student Pre-ID's 2/5/21
Initial Materials in district - Wave 1 Manuals 2/16/21
Initial Materials in district - Wave 2 Initial Orders 3/1/21
Additional order window for districts/schools (all paper testing materials) 3/1/21-4/27/21
Additional order window for districts/schools (computer materials-reader scripts) 3/1/21-5/11/21
Prepare Sessions Start / End 3/11/21
Start Sessions Start / End 3/15/21 – 5/14/21

Deadline to return paper-based testing scorable and nonscorable materials to Pearson (picked up by vendor) - (one week after testing)

Test booklets, answer documents, accommodated test materials


Deadline to return computer-based testing nonscorable materials to Pearson (one week after testing)

Math Human Reader scripts, tactile graphics


PDF Reports posted in PearsonAccessnext(PAN)

  • Individual Student Reports (ISR)
  • District Summary Reports
  • Student Roster Reports
  • Performance Level Summary

ISR Delivered to Districts

*Final date in district dependent upon receipt of state approval of proceed to print


 Test Information & Resources

Important 2021 IAR Administration Update!

All Students Taking an Online Test Form Will Take Three (3) Test Units for the ELA Assessment.

Each year a number of schools/students are selected to be administered newly developed items (these items are not used in the calculation of a student score). Since the IAR assessment was not administered last year, the schools/students selected for the 2020 administration will be rolled over and participate in in the 2021 administration. The schools and grades selected to participate are listed in the link below. Agency staff will be contacting district/school staff regarding their participation in this field test. The time needed to administer the three sessions is described in the administration manuals.

All of the remaining students, not participating in the field test, who are scheduled to be administered the online IAR assessment will be given a shortened 3rd session. Schools should prepare to allow about 20 minutes for students to complete. No headphones will be needed for this portion of the test. This session will be composed entirely of multiple-choice items and will not be used in the calculation of a student score. Additional directions can be found in the Test Administrator Manual and will be posted on the Pearson website.

 Training Presentations & Webinars

 Archived Materials



Summ​ary 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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