October 2, 2009
PSAE Diploma Guidance for 2009-10 Graduates
The PSAE Diploma Guidance for 2009-10 graduates is now posted on the ISBE Web site. The memo is copied below.Date: September 30, 2009
M E M O R A N D U M
This memorandum provides guidance for implementing Public Act 93-857 – Prairie State Achievement Examination as a Condition for Receipt of a Regular High School Diploma – during the current school year. Please share this information with building principals and directors of guidance who are responsible for maintaining school student records. As necessary, the Illinois State Board of Education will issue new guidance for the 2010-2011 school year.
A regular high school diploma is a diploma awarded by a local school district. The term does not include
The signing of Senate Bill 2014 (Public Act 96-0430) on August 13, 2009, eliminates the grade 12 fall PSAE retake.
NEW for Spring 2010: Students classified as being in grade 12 in the spring who have not yet satisfied the PSAE diploma requirement, because they have not taken the PSAE and were not exempt from taking the PSAE when they were in grade 11, will be allowed to participate in the spring administration of the PSAE. Students absent from Day 1 or Day 2 of the initial test dates in Spring 2010 should participate on the make-up date(s) in Spring 2010 for the day or days they missed. By now allowing grade 12 students to satisfy this requirement during the spring administration, students are essentially afforded a total of four opportunities in grade 11 and grade 12 to satisfy the diploma requirement. Scores achieved by grade 12 students will not count towards AYP for the school, district, or state.
Due to the lateness of this announcement, only 2009-10 grade 12 students who are scheduled to receive a regular high school diploma prior to the Spring 2010 PSAE administration may satisfy the PSAE requirement by participating in a national ACT administration. For these students, ISBE is requiring school districts to complete an application form, which must be submitted to ISBE prior to the awarding of the regular high school diploma. The Illinois State Board of Education is no longer authorized to provide funding for the administration of any national ACT assessment.
PSAE Diploma Requirement: Students Who Are Exempt
Students who are exempt from taking the PSAE in grade 11 or 12 are exempt from the PSAE diploma requirement. The exemptions to taking the PSAE include:
PSAE Diploma Requirement: Students Who Are NOT Exempt
Students who attend alternative programs and schools are not exempt from the PSAE diploma requirement.
Students who are administratively transferred to an alternative school program created under Article 13A of the School Code (the “Safe Schools Law”) or who participate in a program funded under Article 13B of the School Code (the “Alternative Learning Opportunities Law”) must take the PSAE, unless exempt as noted above. The PSAE scores these students earn are to be reported to and counted for AYP purposes at the home school they attended (or would have attended) had they not been transferred to a safe school program or attending an alternative learning opportunities program.
Students who attend an alternative school created and operated by a Regional Superintendent of Schools under Section 18-8.05 of the School Code must take the PSAE if they 1) are dually enrolled in a local school district and an alternative school, and 2) will be receiving a regular high school diploma from the district. The PSAE scores these students earn are to be reported to and counted for AYP purposes at an identified home school in the district. Students who are dually enrolled in a local school district and an alternative school but who will not receive a regular high school diploma must nevertheless still take PSAE for the purpose of school accountability.
Note: Spring 2010 PSAE testing is for grade 11 students and only grade 12 students who have not yet satisfied the PSAE diploma requirement and are not exempt from taking the PSAE.
Acceptable Proof That a Student Has Taken the PSAE
Grade 11 or Grade 12 Spring PSAE Administration
For the current school year, a student has taken the PSAE if the student was present for at least one day of spring PSAE testing while in grade 11 or 12. Acceptable proof that a student has taken the PSAE would be—
For grade 12 students only: If none of the above proofs are available due to the timing of the 2010 Spring PSAE reporting and the awarding of a regular high school diploma, acceptable proof a student has taken the PSAE would be—
Determination of Participation for Awarding a Regular High School Diploma
District superintendents are responsible for determining whether students have satisfied the PSAE diploma requirement or whether they are exempt. District superintendents are also responsible for ensuring that grade 12 students who have not yet satisfied the PSAE diploma requirement and are not exempt, have the opportunity to satisfy the PSAE diploma requirement by participating in the Spring 2010 administration.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about PSAE test administration should be directed to Megan Forness of my staff at 217/782-4823 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This memorandum is posted on the ISBE Web site at www.isbe.net/assessment/psae.htm
Illinois State Board of Education