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Public Act 100-465​PDF Document established the Illinois Invest in Kids Act. The Act includes a five-year tax credit scholarship program for eligible students who attend qualified non​public schools in Illinois.

A portion of the Act requires that scholarship recipients shall be annually assessed at the qualified school where the student attends school in the same manner in which students that attend public schools are annually assessed pursuant to Section 2-3.64a5 of the School Code and that such qualified schools shall pay costs associated with this requirement.​

If, for any reason, a scholarship recipient is unable to be tested, school staff must maintain detailed documentation as to why the student did not test. Documentation for scholarship recipients who did not test must be submitted along with scores for all other scholarship recipients who did test.

FAQ for Administrators and Test Coordinators​PDF Document

News and Updates

  • Grade 11 SAT w/Essay Establishment Survey EmailPDF Document
  • Spring 2024 General Timeline for SAT w/ EssayPDF Document
  • Spring 2024 General Timeline for PSAT 8/9 and PSAT 10PDF Document
  • IAR On Demand Reports Now Available!
  • Student Access to Scores in the College Board Reporting PortalPDF Document
  • Educator Access to Scores in the College Board Reporting PortalPDF Document
  • Big Future - College Planning Program from College BoardPDF Document

 Practice Resources

Big Future - College Planning Program from College BoardPDF Document

December 5-9, 2022: Official SAT® Practice and the SAT® Suite Question Bank Refresher Webinar
College Board is excited to provide a review of Official SAT® Practice on Khan Academy that focuses on using coach tools and accessing personalized practice, along with a review of how to access and use the SAT® Suite Question Bank.
  • Official SAT® Practice and the SAT® Question Bank Refresher WebinarRegistrationPDF Document
  • Official SAT® Practice and the SAT® Question Bank Refresher WebinarPresentation​PDF Document

The College Board offers many free ways to practice.

 2023-2024 SAT w/ Essay Information

 2023-2024 PSAT 10 Information

 2023-2024 PSAT 8/9 Information

 2023-2024 IAR (Illinois Assessment of Readiness) Information

  • Unpacking IAR Results to Inform Instructional Practices - A Hands on Workshop
    • Join the Assessment Department for a new and interactive professional learning workshop designed to delve into the purpose and intended applications of the IAR. This professional learning opportunity is tailored to support district and school teams as they unpack their spring 2023 ELA/L and mathematics IAR results to inform current instructional practices, inform effective instructional activities, and offer insights into the resources available to help support interpretation.
    • This is a hand-on workshop, crafted to help educators identify patterns and trends in student achievement, reflect on instructional practices, and translate those insights into actionable classroom activities. A suggested protocol for unpacking IAR results will be shared. Teams are encouraged to bring the last two years of district- and/or school-level IAR reports so that they can be supported through the unpacking process.

    In-Person Workshop Dates:

    • Tuesday, October 3 - Kankakee Community College
    • Thursday, October 5 - Willowbrook High School
    • Tuesday, November 7 - ROE #3 Professional Development Center, 1500 W. Jefferson St., Vandalia, IL
    • Wednesday, November 8 - Five Points Washington, 360 N. Wilmor Rd., Washington, IL

    Register Here for the Hands on Workshops

  • 2024 -- IAR TESTING DATES for Grades 3-8
    • Paper: March 4, 2024 (earliest) – April 5, 2024 (latest)
    • Online: March 4, 2024 (earliest) – April 19, 2024 (latest)
  • TestNav System Requirements for 2023-24 School Year
    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.

 2023-2024 ISA (Illinois Science Assessment) Information

  • 2024 -- ISA TESTING DATES for Grades 5, 8, and 11 Only
    • Online: March 1, 2024 (earliest) – April 30, 2024 (latest)

 2022-2023 Archived Information

General Information

SAT w/ Essay​

PSAT 10 Information

PSAT 8/9 Information


Illinois Science Assessment for Grades 5, 8, and 11

​The Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) is a web-based annual summative test given by ISBE to students in grades 5, 8, and 11 across the state of Illinois. Beginning in Spring 2023, the ISA will be given to Illinois Invest in Kids Act scholarship recipients in grades 5, 8, and 11. Rostering of the grade 5 and 8 students will be done by ISBE from the Pearson roster upload. Rostering of grade 11 students will come from the SAT w/Essay List and be completed by ISBE. 

The following are key dates for the ISA:
If you are interested in perusing information from prior testing years, that can be found at the following site:​.  This site will be updated with 2023 test information in January. The information below is a high-level check list of the steps required to facilitate the ISA to your students. Detailed information will be provided during the February online seminar and on the webpage​.

 2021-2022 Archived Information

​​IAR Information 

PSAT Information

SAT Information

 2020-2021 Archived Information

  • 2020-21 State Assessment Dates​ (Invest in Kids Act)​PDF Document​​
  • IAR Waiver​ Request - It is ISBE’s expectation that Invest in Kids schools will deliver the IAR online unless there are technology capacity issues or a religious prohibition on technology. There is a waiver request to administer paper and it requires documentation of the technology issues that prevent you from online assessment.​ ​​

2020-2021 IAR Timeline and Training

2020-2021 PSAT/SAT Timeline and Training

2020-2021 PSAT/SAT Manuals, Student Guides, and Answer Sheet Instructions​​​

2020-2021 Resources

 2019-2020 Archived Information

News And Updates

Resources and Documents

Presentations and Webinars 

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