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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

  • Access to ISBE Teach:
    • The ISBE Teach platform is closed and will not open until February 2024.
    • Invitation e-mails will be sent to the Superintendent, Principal, and ISA test coordinator listed in the Entity Profile System (EPS) February 2024. If you had a login in previous years, this login will no longer work. Your Organizational Administrator (Superintendent or ISA Coordinator listed in EPS) will need to set up new ISBE Teach accounts for all test coordinators on an annual basis.
    • Make sure to add a district ISA coordinator to your EPS profile. This will ensure at least two individuals will receive an invitation ​to ISBE Teach for your district.
    • Click here for instructions on adding a test coordinator in EPS​​.​PDF Document

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

New technology resources will be posting prior to the opening of the test window.

 Presentations & Webinars

 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

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