Illinois Assessment of Readiness

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

Our students take federally required assessments every spring. These assessments help us understand how our students are growing academically, compared to their peers across the state. The state uses this information to provide more support and resources to the schools in the greatest need. This year, the English language arts and math assessment for grades 3-8 is called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness.

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness is almost exactly the same this year as the assessment that students took last year, only slightly shorter. The Illinois Assessment of Readiness measures the same Illinois Learning Standards and includes the same high-quality test questions that teachers and students have become familiar with over the past four years.

Our students should feel confident showing what they know and can do on the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, even with the new test name and new look.

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness will change over the next few years, as the state works to make it more useful to schools and families. Next year, we will have the results back from the test much more quickly. The year after that, the test will adapt to each student, so we gain a better understanding of where each individual student is in their learning. We will continue to be able to measure students’ growth from year to year throughout these improvements.

In preparation for these improvements, all students must take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness online. Some of our students will take the assessment online for the first time this year. This transition will help our students be prepared for success, and we thank you for your support. National studies have shown no significant difference in students’ performance between paper and online assessments. We will ensure all our teachers and students have the support and resources they need to make this transition smoothly.

Our students will take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness at various times inside the testing window of March 25 - April 26.

If you have questions about the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, please reach out to Benton #47 Principal, Ellen Gibbs at 618-439-3136, or email As always, we encourage our students to do their best every day. Thank you for your partnership in your student’s academic success.

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