Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)

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Our students take federally required assessments every spring. These assessments help us understand how our students are growing academically compared to their peers across the state. The state also uses this testing data to provide more support and resources to the schools in the greatest need. Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, the English language arts and math assessment for grades 3-8 is called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR).

Students, families, and schools will experience essentially no difference in the assessment this year. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness measures the same standards and includes the same high-quality test questions used during the last four years. Using the same content and measuring the same standards ensures comparability from year to year – an essential commitment to including growth in our support and accountability system. The assessment may be slightly shorter this year to field test new questions needed for the transition to a computer adaptive test.

The improvements to come to the Illinois Assessment of Readiness administration in the next few years reflect active partnership with educators and practitioners to make the assessment even more useful for improving student outcomes. It will provide the option of bringing all accountability assessments onto a single administration/management platform and will maintain comparability throughout all changes.

To learn more about the new Illinois Assessment of Readiness test, please visit the Illinois State Board of Education website.