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February 6, 2008

Spring 2008 IAA Update

Test Materials
IAA test materials will arrive on or before February 26 in school and districts. Materials will be delivered to the testing school location designated in ISBE’s Student Information System (SIS). The Spring 2008 Implementation Manual is also available on the IAA Web site at

Additional materials
Additional materials can be ordered beginning February 26 on Pearson’s Assessment Network at The password and user ID sent by Pearson in mid-October is needed to access the system. Materials will be sent to the location where the initial shipment is delivered. Materials must be ordered three days prior to the start of the school/district’s test window.

Test Book Ratio
In an effort to reduce the number of secure materials in schools and districts, Pearson will send one test booklet for every two students enrolled in a grade at a school. Sharing test booklets is encouraged in classrooms with multiple students per grade. Every test booklet must be accounted for and returned to Pearson via the FedEx pick-up on April 17. Questions on test materials should be directed to Pearson at 800/627-7990 State Code 814 or at

Teacher Resource Guide
The guide has been updated for the spring test to include suggested bibliographic references, material lists and illustrations for use with the reading, mathematics, science and writing tasks. Sample tasks are included in the guide, which is posted on the IAA Web site at

Online Scoring
Student scores must be submitted through Pearson’s online system. Coordinators will receive an e-mail February 26 with the information needed to establish teacher accounts for entering scores online. The final date to submit scores is April 11. An online scoring guide for teachers and coordinators will be posted at Online scoring questions should be directed to Pearson at 888/234-4849 or

Online Scoring Webinars
Pearson will hold Online Scoring Webinars prior to the spring test administration. This is the same system used for entering scores for the fall 2007 pilot. Pearson will distribute information on how to register for these sessions.

Coordinator Trainings (3 sessions)

  • February 20: (2 sessions) 9:00 – 10:00 and 1:00 – 2:00
  • February 21: 3:00 – 4:00

Teacher Trainings (6 sessions)

  • February 25: 3:00 – 4:00
  • February 26: (2 sessions) 9:00 – 10:00 and 3:00 – 4:00
  • February 27: 3:00 – 4:00
  • February 28: (2 sessions) 9:00 – 10:00 and 3:00 – 4:00

Test Content Alignment
Results from the fall 2007 pilot revealed that coverage of the Illinois Learning Standards needed to be expanded. To address this need, additional tasks were added to reading, mathematics and science. As a result, reading now has 11 tasks, math 12 and science 8. Two of the tasks are embedded field test items. Writing has six tasks, including one field test item.

Specific not General
The fall pilot showed that specific tasks provided the most information about the student’s knowledge and skills. In addition, fall surveys conducted of teachers and coordinators by ISBE and Pearson reflected there was confusion in the field about which tasks were general and which were specific. To eliminate this confusion and to get the best information possible, all tasks are now specific. In response to pilot testing data, the teacher-selected task has been eliminated in all subjects.

For general information about the IAA, contact Marilyn Leveque at or 217/782-4823.

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