January 20, 2006
The issues below are regarding ISAT 2006
1) 10 Minutes - Additional time allowed for all students,
if needed - NEW THIS YEAR
For ISAT, students may have up to 10 additional minutes
to complete each test session. If one or more students
are still working and are actively engaged after 45
minutes have elapsed, they may be given up to 10 additional
minutes to complete the test session, for a total of
55 minutes. The decision as to whether students are
actively engaged and should receive additional time
is made by the test administrator. If all students are
finished after 45 minutes, the test session should be
called to an end.
2) Extended Time for Limited English Proficient (LEP)
Students - NEW THIS YEAR
Beginning this year, LEP students who take ISAT may
receive extended time on each test session. This extended
time is over and above the additional 10 minutes that
all students may have who are actively engaged in testing.
Test administrators must decide ahead of time whether
LEP students taking ISAT will receive the additional
time beyond the 55 minutes total allowable for a test
session. If you anticipate that such students will need
extended time beyond the 55 minutes, these students
should be tested separately.
The amount of additional time for these students beyond
the 55 minutes (45 minutes plus 10 minutes additional)
has not yet been specified, but should take into account
the students needs as well as general considerations
of what is reasonable. However, in no case may a test
session for a student be split across days. Any test
session begun on a given day should be finished by the
end of that day.
3) Posters and Classroom Displays
- There are only 2 types of posters that cannot be displayed on classroom walls during ISAT testing.
(For posters and classroom displays that are not specifically
prohibited, we are relying on your professional judgment.)
- Any poster that has step-by step instructions for
answering a reading extended-response question--for
example, the Reading Student-Friendly Rubrics.
- Any poster that displays and defines those root
words and affixes listed in the Illinois Assessment
Framework for Reading.
- Students may not get out of their seats to refer to
a poster or classroom display during testing.
- Test Administrators should not make reference to posters
or classroom displays immediately prior to or during
testing. Likewise, posters or classroom displays should
not be added to the classroom immediately prior to the
two-week test window.
- Posters or classroom displays may not be copied and
moved to an alternative testing location which creates
an artificial environment and may lead students to believe
that they should use these during testing.
4) Desk Tops During Testing
Desk tops are to be clear except for test materials
appropriate for that grade. Anything attached to the
desk such as multiplication tables or word lists would
have to be removed or covered up.
Appropriate materials include grade 3 test booklets,
grade 4-8 test booklets and answer documents, writing
utensils (No. 2 pencils, pen, if desired, highlighter,
if desired), and for the mathematics test, calculators
at grades 4-8, paper rulers at grades 3-8, and ISAT
Mathematics Reference Sheets for grades 7 and 8. Students
with IEPs or Section 504 Plans may have additional materials
on their desks as needed to provide accommodations.
- Guidelines and appropriate materials for each grade
will be covered in the 2006 ISAT District and School
Coordination Manual, the ISAT test administration
manuals, and the Professional Testing Practices
for Educators, which will be available on the
ISBE Web site in late January or February.
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