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For Immediate Release
September 13, 2005

Illinois State Board of Education releases preliminary 2005 statewide testing data

Data includes analysis of preliminary results and list of schools and districts in Improvement Status

Springfield, Ill. -Test scores in numerous areas went up in 2005 statewide student testing, according to preliminary results released today by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). An initial analysis shows good ongoing progress in several areas with continued need for improvement to narrow the achievement gap between student groups.

Analysis of the preliminary ISAT results shows improvements including:

  • third grade student Reading scores increased or held steady across all student groups;
  • fourth grade students showed marked gains in Science across all student groups;
  • fifth grade Math scores were up across all student groups; and
  • eighth grade Reading scores increased significantly over all student groups.

Analysis of the preliminary PSAE results showed significant gains in Reading among Hispanic, Black and Low Income students.

The Statewide Testing Review Committee has recommended implementing long-term trend studies to be sure that ISBE has the information it needs to set priorities and assist schools in continuing improvement for all students across the state.

The most recent tests were given in March and April. Students in third, fifth and eighth grades took the Illinois Standards Achievement Test in reading and mathematics while students in fourth and seventh grades were tested in science. Students in 11th grade take the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE), which tests students in math, reading and science.

The Illinois Measure of Annual Growth in English (IMAGE) measures the progress of students with limited English proficiency in reading and mathematics.
The Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA) is designed for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP) for whom all other state assessments are inappropriate because of their disabilities.

In addition to the preliminary statewide testing results ISBE has provided a listing of the Illinois schools and Illinois districts that are in Improvement Status under the requirements of the Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Beginning in July, ISBE notified each of these schools of the action steps required under the Federal law and provided assistance to the schools in drafting parent notification letters.

The total number of students tested by test and by grade level was:

  • Grade 3 ISAT = 138,250
  • Grade 4 ISAT = 144,746
  • Grade 5 ISAT = 149,397
  • Grade 7 ISAT = 155,825
  • Grade 8 ISAT = 156,358
  • Grade 11 PSAE = 128,286 (preliminary number)
  • MAGE Reading = 33,374 (preliminary number)
  • IMAGE Math = 33,665 (preliminary number)
  • IAA = 7,934

bullet item Attachments for Preliminary Data from 2005 Testing

Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777