The federal Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to assess their learning standards for English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science. Each state may also have a general assessment for the majority of its students, and an alternate assessment for the 1 percent of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. ESSA also requires that English learners be assessed in four domains (reading, writing, speaking and listening) each year until they reach proficiency.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is exploring improvements to the state assessment system. An important part of this process is collecting feedback from stakeholders across the state to help us identify the priorities and potential options for moving forward.
Working with our partners at the Center for Assessment we have designed a survey to collect feedback. There is also a short video with the survey that provides some important background information we think you’ll find useful to complete the survey. It will take about 30 minutes to watch the video and respond to the survey, which you can access in English here:
and in Spanish here:
Please share with your entire network as we are interested in receiving as much feedback from our external stakeholders as possible.
This survey is one part of a larger process. We are also meeting with stakeholders and plan to empanel some advisory groups in early 2022 before bringing recommendations to the State Board in spring 2022.
You are an important part of this process and we want your voice to be heard. Thank you in advance for your input.