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​This Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) page will be updated as information becomes available. The ISA is not  an alternate assessment. Students who participate in the DLM-AA alternate assessment will be assessed in science in grades 5, 8, and 11.

In compliance with federal testing requirements, Illinois will administer a science assessment to students enrolled in a public school district in grades 5, 8 and 11. The assessment will be administered in an online format and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2014.

Illinois Science Assessment Federal Waiver

Public comment window has c​losed.  See the ISA Waiver Fact Sheet ​PDF Documentfor details.​

 Illinois Science Assessment Results





  • 2016 State, District & School Performance ResultsExcel Document
  • 2016 State, District & School Mean Scale ScoresExcel Document
  • 2016 State, District & School Participation RatesExcel Document
    • The 2016 assessment window opened on May 1, 2016, giving some districts limited time to administer the assessment before the conclusion of the school year. In addition, schools that utilized devices running Apple iOS operating systems experienced significant technology issues that required converting to a paper administration. In some places, paper materials did not arrive in time for students to take the assessment before the school year ended. Low participation rates in some schools and districts should not be interpreted as a lack of effort or diligence on their part in light of the obstacles some faced.​

 Assessment Technology Requirements

Laptops and Desktops

  • Windows (Updated 3/6/2019)
  • KNOWN ISSUE:  When running the updated Windows SEB v2.2.2 for the 2019 ISA, some districts have reported an error that appears when starting ISA test. Showing as a pop up warning that states there is an "unresponsive script related to the following url: https://breaktechisbetoolbar.spee...m.net/v209/texthelpmain.js," this warning appears AFTER entering the access code, confirming the student and test name, and starting the test. Item 1 does not appear, and eventually the "unresponsive script" message appears. The solution is to install last year's SEB (v 2.1.8).


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