Helpful ISAT Information

ISAT Tips and Information

Test dates:  TBA, 2011

Make up dates:  TBA, 2011

What is the purpose of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)? The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) measures individual student achievement relative to the Illinois Learning Standards. The results will be used by parents, teachers, and schools as one measure of student learning. The state uses the results to report student achievement to the public.


What are the Illinois Learning Standards (ILS)? The Illinois Learning Standards (ILS) define what all students in all Illinois public schools should know and be able to do in the seven core areas as a result of their elementary and secondary schooling.


Test Strategies

  • On test day, stay relaxed and confident
  • Work the easy questions first
  • Know when to guess
  • Answer open-ended items completely
  • Check your work

Night Before Test

  • Let your child know that you know the test can be hard, but that taking the tests provides a chance to show how well he or she can do
  • Be encouraging!

Morning of Test

  • Eat a good breakfast – Free breakfast is offered ISAT week for all students!!
  • Be on time for school
  • Be positive

After the Test

  • Talk with your child about what was on the test
  • Go over the results of the test with your child

Ways Parents Can Help

  • Attendance is important.  It is less stressful for the student to not have to make up the exams because of absences. 
  • Read charts, tables, and graphs in newspapers and magazines. Discuss the information that each display shows.
  • Take an inventory of something in your house and organize the information in a table.
  • Read homework problems with your child and identify what question is being asked and what key information has been given.
  • Have your child communicate with you about what they did in Math class that day.
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