September 12, 2012

2013 Announcements for Grade 11 Testing

Please share the following information concerning the ACT® National Career Readiness Certificate and the status of Grade 11 Writing with all testing staff and students.

Opportunity to Receive the ACT® National Career Readiness Certificate

WorkKeys® Locating Information completes the battery of three WorkKeys assessments required for students to be eligible to receive a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). Since its first administration in spring 2001, PSAE Day 2 has included the other two WorkKeys assessments required for eligibility – WorkKeys Applied Mathematics and WorkKeys Reading for Information.

This third WorkKeys assessment, Locating Information, will be administered to all eligible grade 11 students immediately after the PSAE Day 2 tests unless accommodations allow testing on a later day. Data from the WorkKeys Locating Information will be reported separately and will not be part of any PSAE reporting. Grade 11 students for whom the Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA) is the appropriate state assessment are not required to participate in the administration of WorkKeys Locating Information.

For more information about ACT’s NCRC, please visit Staff at established PSAE test sites will receive detailed information about logistics and administration details via the 2013 PSAE Administration Training Webcast and the PSAE Day 2 Supervisor’s Manual of Instruction. The webcast and Day 2 Manual will both be available on the PSAE website

Grade 11 Writing

As announced by State Superintendent Koch in his July 11, 2011, Weekly Message, the grade 11 writing component has been eliminated from state assessment. This remains true for spring 2013 for both PSAE and IAA.

Many districts inquired as to whether the ACT Writing, which had been part of the PSAE, could be optionally self-funded, and ACT has indicated to ISBE that this is not a feasible option.

PSAE Day 1 will consist of the battery of four multiple-choice ACT tests to enable students to receive the bonus of a college-reportable ACT score, as long as PSAE Day 1 is administered under standard-time conditions or with ACT-Approved accommodations.

Students taking the PSAE this year will not receive an ACT Writing score, and, therefore, students who are seeking admission to universities and colleges that require a writing score on a national examination must take either the ACT or SAT on a national test date and independently from the PSAE that is being administered this spring.


Please direct any questions concerning state assessment to the Division of Student Assessment at 866-317-6034.