Here are some ISAT updates and notices that I've gotten today.
Are things going wrong with the test administration already? Are they big, or small?
Let us know what's happening at your school or in your child's classroom.
Usually we only hear about foul-ups and problems way after the fact.
I'll add any updates or information that I get to this thread.
ISAT CRITICAL INFORMATION
As of March 3, 2009
The following notice contains information regarding problems with ISAT testing
materials. The complete announcements are posted at
ISAT Grade 6 Mathematics Reader Scripts
There is a printing error in the grade 6 mathematics reader script. Page 10 of
the reader script does NOT appear between pages 9 and 11. Rather, page 10
appears between pages 44 and 45. Refer to the ISAT Grade 6 Mathematics
Reader Scripts announcement for the complete details.
Addition to the ISAT Reading Instructions for Grades 3 – 8
On page 14 of the ISAT Test Administration Manuals, the text states that LEP
students may write their answer to the reading and mathematics extended-
response questions in English or Spanish. However, the directions for sessions
2 and 3 did not include oral instructions informing LEP students they may write
their answers to the extended-response questions in English or Spanish. Refer
to the Addition to the ISAT Reading Instructions for Grades 3 – 8
announcement for the complete details.
Misspelled word on Page 2 of the Grade 3 ISAT Writing Folder
In the very first line in the ASSIGNMENT box on page 2 of the Writing Folder
the word health is misspelled as heath. The "l" is missing. Please use the
instructions that follow to inform students of the misspelling. Refer to the
Misspelled Word on Page 2 of the Grade 3 ISAT Writing Folder announcement
for the complete details.
Grade 7 Science Test
The sample item used to demonstrate answering a multiple-choice item is
incorrectly marked in the grade 7 answer documents (page 22). The correct
answer for the sample item is “D” and “B” is incorrectly marked on the answer
document. The Test Administration Manual states that “D” is the correct
answer. Refer to the Grade 7 Science Test f announcement or the complete
ISAT Grades 4-8 Rulers
The ISAT rulers from grades 4-8 were printed incorrectly with increments of ¼
inch and ½ cm (like the grade 3 rulers). The Illinois State Board of Education
(ISBE) is aware of this discrepancy and is directing schools to proceed with
testing using the grade 4-8 rulers they have. Refer to the ISAT Grades 4-8
Rulers announcement for the complete details.
ISAT Writing Returned Labels
There are detailed instructions on pages 70-76 of the 2009 District & School
Coordination manual about how ALL of your scorable and nonscorable ISAT
test materials are to be packaged and labeled for return to Pearson. Refer to
the ISAT Writing Returned Labels announcement for the complete details.
PINK LABELS – are to be used for SCORABLE WRITING materials returns
GOLD LABELS – are to be used for NONSCORABLE WRITING materials returns
The Department of Student Assessment will assist schools in resolving ISAT
testing irregularities. The process will include several steps that must be
followed in a timely manner. The deadline for reporting testing irregularities is
March 13, 2009.
The form is avialable online at
Please complete all blank sections of this form (school name, contact person,
phone number, detailed description of testing irregularity, and list all students
involved). A separate form must be completed for each testing irregularity.
The detailed description of testing irregularity and list all students involved
form are on a separate page.
Please feel free to contact the Department of Student Assessment at 773-
553-2430 with any questions.
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