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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 New Illinois Learning​ Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

IAR assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics will be administered to all students in grades 3-8.​

UPDATE: March 15, 2021​

EXTended Testing Window

  • ​Spring:
    • ​March 15 - May 14, 2021 (Paper Based Testing)​
    • March 15 - May 28, 2021 (Computer Based Testing)
  • Fall:
    • August 9 - September 24, 2021 (Paper Based Testing)(Updated 04/01/2021)
    • August 9 - October 8, 2021 (Computer Based Testing)

KEY DATES UPDATED (04/01/2021)

​FIELD TESTING UPDATE

All Students Taking an Online Test Form Will Take 3 Units for the ELA Assessment:  ISBE will no longer be administering the ELA/L field test unit to participating districts. This decision is due to the myriad of circumstances surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and how it could affect the reliability of the data collected. Instead, all schools will now receive the shorter 3rd unit and should plan for the approximate testing time to be between 10-20 minutes. Test Administrators should use the same test administration scripts they use for other ELA/L sessions and make adjustments for the difference in time. There were no changes made to the math assessment.

Saturday Testing Options

Schools may also have the option of testing on Saturdays, if needed. (7 am - 5pm)

IAR Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)​PDF Document  (Updated 04/01/2021)

TESTING FOR REMOTE LEARNERS

With no remote option for state testing, schools should be prepared to set up testing for their remote learners by following the guidelines that ISBE has put into place. View the guidance document that provides some information on how they will administer the assessments in the current situationPDF Document. ​

Illinois Training Management System​

The Illinois Training Management System (TMS) contains interactive trainings that include Test Coordinator trainings, Test Administration trainings, Technology Readiness trainings and Reports trainings. Log in required.
Two New Training Modules:
  • Creating Test Session
  • Managing Test Sessions​​​


 IAR Key Dates - Spring 2021 Administration

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.

Event
Date
IAR Spring 2021 Testing Window - Computer Based Testing
3/15/21 - 5/28/21
IAR Spring 2021 Testing Window - Paper Based Testing
3/15/21- 5/14/21
Initial student registration information upload from ISBE's Student Information System (SIS) to PearsonAccessnext (PAN) 1/5/21
API SIS to PearsonAccessnext integration begins 1/6/21
SR/PNP District/School Imports for Accommodations 1/6/21
Deadline for Districts/Schools to have student information loaded into PAN for initial paper material orders and student Pre-ID's 2/5/21
Initial Materials in district - Wave 1 Manuals 2/16/21
Initial Materials in district - Wave 2 Initial Orders 3/1/21
Additional order window for districts/schools (all paper testing materials) 3/1/21-5/13/21
Additional order window for districts/schools (computer materials-reader scripts) 3/1/21-5/27/21
Prepare Sessions Start / End 3/11/21
Start Sessions Start / End 3/15/21 – 5/28/21

Deadline to return paper-based testing scorable and nonscorable materials to Pearson (picked up by vendor) - (one week after testing)

Test booklets, answer documents, accommodated test materials

5/21/21

Deadline to return computer-based testing nonscorable materials to Pearson (one week after testing)

Math Human Reader scripts, tactile graphics

6/7/21

PDF Reports posted in PearsonAccessnext(PAN)

  • Individual Student Reports (ISR)
  • District Summary Reports
  • Student Roster Reports
  • Performance Level Summary
8/23/21

ISR Delivered to Districts

*Final date in district dependent upon receipt of state approval of proceed to print

8/26/21-9/15/21​​​​

 Test Information & Resources

The Illinois Training Management System (TMS) contains interactive trainings that include Test Coordinator trainings, Test Administration trainings, Technology Readiness trainings and Reports trainings. Log in required. 

Two New Training Modules: 
  •  Creating Test Session
  •  Managing Test Sessions

Important 2021 IAR Administration Update!

All Students Taking an Online Test Form Will Take Three (3) Test Units for the ELA Assessment.

All students who are scheduled to be administered the online IAR assessment will be given a shortened 3rd session. Schools should prepare to allow between 10-20 minutes for students to complete. No headphones will be needed for this portion of the test. This session will be composed entirely of multiple-choice items and will not be used in the calculation of a student score. Test Administrators should use the same test administration scripts they use for other ELA/L sessions.​

 Training Presentations & Webinars

 Archived Materials

​​2020

​​2019

Summ​ary Files Posted on Pearson Access Next (PAN)

Pearson has posted summary reports/files (under Published Reports) on Pearson Access Next. District/school staff with the District Coordinator role, School Test Coordinator role, or Report Access role will be able to view the reports (at the district and/or school level).

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