SAT Replaces PARCC
SAT® exam replaces PARCC testing for Illinois high school students during 2016-17 school year
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced this month that it will utilize the redesigned SAT exam
to gauge college readiness for students in grades 9-11. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in English, language arts and math will return this spring with a shorter, simpler format to improve the testing process for grade school students (Grades 3-8). However, Illinois high school students will no longer be required to take the PARCC assessment.
“District and school administrators overwhelmingly agree with ISBE that every high school junior should have access to a college entrance exam, a policy that promotes equity and access and that provides each and every student with greater opportunities in higher education,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “The SAT is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and will continue to empower educators to measure college and career readiness,” he added.
According to ISBE, the decision was formed by conversations with parents, administrators, unions and other groups. The State Assessment Review Committee (SARC) is currently conducting a listening tour to get feedback on PARCC implementation in the 2015-2016 school year. We invite you, our District 201-U school community, to continue the conversation by providing your feedback in one of the surveys below. Thank you!