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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: February 2, 2024

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

Field Test 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 English Language Arts/Literature (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.

2024 IAR Test Administration Training Webinars

Please view the training webinar option that best fits your role or testing experience.

2024 Important Technology Update!

Pearson support is notifying programs of two updates that affect those using iPads for secure testing:

  • iPadOS 17.3 - Apple released an operating system update on Monday, Jan. 22, and Pearson highly recommends updating to this version if testing on devices running iPadOS 17. This update provides programs the most stable and efficient testing experience. Those testing on iPadOS 15 and 16 do not need to take action on this update.
  • TestNav app for iPadOS - Pearson released this required TestNav app update (iPadOS only) on Jan. 31. This update improves TestNav security performance. Programs with auto-update enabled do not need to take any action to receive this update.

Please click here for the Pearson notice: TestNav - iPadOS 17.3 and TestNav for iPadOS UpdatePDF Document

IAR Computer-Based Accessibility Features and Accommodations Form
The IAR Computer-Based Accessibility Features and Accommodations form is a tool that is provided to assist districts and schools in identifying and documenting the accessibility features and/or accommodations for students who are eligible to take the IAR. This form should be maintained at the local level.

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. 

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 & Teacher Resources

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:

Career and College Readiness Resources

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness for English language arts and mathematics for Grades 3-8 has been linked with the Lexile and Quantile Framework to support the development of students and determine if they are on track to graduate college and are career ready. Using the Lexile and Quantile score included on the Individual Student Report, parents and teachers can utilize the enhanced resources, tools, and capabilities through our state partnership with MetaMetrics.  
  • Lexile and Quantile Hub
    This online platform provides you with easy access to more than a dozen new and enhanced reading and mathematics tools.
  • Lexile and Quantile Growth Planner
    This planner helps parents and teachers to identify the reading and math requirements needed for a desired career for students and use them to inform goal-setting.
  • Lexile and Quantile Career Database
    This helps parents and teachers to compare and describe the reading and math requirements of career interests for students.

RESOURCES

VIDEOS

 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 spring 2024 testing.

These test documents and materials are for the spring 2024 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

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