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​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.

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

​ISA Testing Information

  • ISA/Pearson Resources
  • ISA/Pearson Customer Support
    Illinois Customer Support
    Monday - Friday 
    6:00 am - 6:00 pm (CT)
  • The ISA will no longer be using the ISBE Teach/Learn platforms. The 2024 ISA will be hosted on the Pearson Access Next (PAN) and Test-NAV platforms.

​ISA Key Dates – Spring 2024

Event Date(s)
ISA Spring 2024 Testing Window – Paper Testing 3/4/24 - 4/30/24
ISA Spring 2024 Testing Window – Online Testing 3/4/24 - 4/30/24
Student registration available in PearsonAccessnext (PAN) 12/27/23
Additional order window for districts/schools (all paper testing materials) 2/26/24 – 4/24/24
Create Sessions (in PAN) 12/21/23 - 4/30/24
Prepare Sessions Start 2/29/24
Start Sessions Start / End 3/4/24 – 4/30/24
Deadline to return paper-based testing scorable and nonscorable materials to Pearson (picked up by vendor - 1 week after testing) 5/7/24

ISA Data

2023 ISA Individual Student Reports (ISRs) have been mailed to districts and schools. You can access school level student data and reports in IWAS. District level reports are posted under the Illinois Science Assessment Results tab below.​​​​​​​​​​​

 Assessment Technology Requirements

 Illinois Science Assessment Results





No data due to ​test cancellation.





  • 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.​​​​​

 QuISBE Formative Assessment Platform

The QuISBE formative assessment platform is schedule to reopen September of 2024. The platform will feature preloaded NGSS aligned content from the ISBE Science Retired Item Bank.​ districts, schools, and teachers will be able to create their own assessments from the bank and receive immediate data feedback from each assessment.​ The QuISBE platform will also allow for the tracking of student progress over the school year.​

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