Understanding the 2020 IAR Assessment

  • Replacing PARCC, the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is a federally required  assessment that measures student progress in grades 3-8 in meeting the Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics.  Students, families and educators will see very slight to no change from last year's assessment.  The same content and measuring standards from last year will be used.

    The 2020 IAR assessment window will begin April 8th and continue through April 18th. Below is a summary chart of the format of the assessment for your child, the number of units (subtests) for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics as well as the starting and end dates of the complete testing window.  Each unit will last between 60 - 75 minutes in grades 3.  Grades 4 through 8 units will last between 60 – 90 minutes. 

    Below is a summary of the 2020 IAR assessment for each grade level:

     IAR 2020

     

    Fast Facts:

    • The testing window will begin April 6th and continue through April 17th
    • 3rd grade students
      • three test sessions in English Language Arts lasting 75 minutes (one is a field tested unit)
      • three sessions for in mathematics lasting 60 minutes
    • 4th through 5th grade students
      • two test sessions in English Language Arts lasting 90 minutes
      • three sessions for in mathematics lasting 60 minutes
    • 6th through 8th grade students
      • two test sessions in English Language Arts lasting 90 minutes
      • three sessions for in mathematics lasting 60 minutes

    3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students will test on online using their Chromebook.

    Specific test dates and times will be available from your child's classroom teacher.

    Should you have questions, please contact your child's principal or Dr. Steven Thomas, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, via e-mail at sthomas@dist50.net or telephone at (847) 596-5622.

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