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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.

ISA Technical Assistance and Help Line

If you require technical assistance concerning the ISA exam please contact the ISA Help desk.

Note: Parents: If you have questions about the ISA, please contact your District Administration or School Assessment Team. ​

New Science Formative Assessment Platform

QuISBE is the Illinois State Board of Education’s new formative assessment platform. QuISBE is a formative assessment tool where science educators can create, design, assign, and administer formative online assessments to students using a variety of available question types. Questions can be aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards in Science so that student and class proficiency can be measured against these standards.

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 QuISBE Formative Assessment Platform

 News and Updates

 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.​

 Assessment Technology Requirements

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