PSAE Test Results ?

    Explanation of Display

    This graph shows the percentage of students that meet or exceed state standards on the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). The buttons at the top allow you to select reading, mathematics, or composite (combined) scores. Multiple years of results are shown for the school, along with the statewide averages for comparison.

    Click on “View Details” to see additional PSAE performance data, grade-level and subject-area results, and performance of student sub-groups.

    This display allows you to take a closer look at PSAE performance for this school.

    Subject: The drop-down menu gives access to All Subjects or to one at a time. Click “Go” to see your selection.

    Student Group: You can select All Student Groups averaged together or an individual sub-group. Use the Grade and Subject menus to customize your view. Click “Go” to see your selection.

    Once you have made your selections, you can press the "Go!" button to display information. The "Excel" button downloads this information as an Excel file.

    This graph displays PSAE performance levels, for students at this school, over a multi-year period. To customize the data view click the Select Options button. Use the drop down menus to choose the length of time and type of data you wish to view. At the high school level, only grade 11 has data. Once the selections have been made, click the green Apply button. The View Details check box adds the data in chart format, for the default screen only. Mousing over any item in the color coded key beneath the graph, will change the display to only that single performance level.

    When a subgroup has fewer than 10 students, the comparison data is not shown. This is done to protect student privacy.

    This displays 2013-2014 data. PARCC assessment information for 2014-2015 will be posted as soon as it becomes available. To learn more about PARCC, visit parcconline.org.

    Context

    A school demonstrating high state test results is likely to have multiple systems that support high levels of academic achievement. These may include a high level of teacher quality, advanced courses, and rigorous academic standards. Standardized test results should be interpreted in the context of other measures of student achievement.

    The PSAE measures 11th grade student achievement relative to the new Illinois Learning Standards. It recognizes the excellent achievement of individual students whose scores qualify them for honors, and it measures the progress that schools have made in helping students meet the Illinois Learning Standards. The PSAE is a two-day examination. On the first day students take the ACT college readiness assessment. On the second day students take the ACT WorkKeys assessments in Applied Mathematics and Reading for Information in addition to a science assessment developed by the Illinois State Board of Education with the assistance of Illinois teachers (PSAE Day 2). All eligible grade 11 students, as defined by the ISBE Rule adopted in January 2011, took the PSAE in April/May 2013.

    Beginning in the 2014-2015 school year, students in ELA III, Algebra II, and Integrated Math III will take the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) test, which is aligned with the new Illinois Learning Standards. The ACT Writing and WorkKeys will be available, but not required for districts in 2015, and the 2015 ACT will not be used for accountability purposes.

    For more information go to Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE)

    Illinois reports state test results according to four performance levels - Exceeds Standards (blue ), Meets Standards (green), Below Standards (yellow) and Academic Warning (red). The performance levels describe the progress students are making toward the Illinois Learning Standards. Exceeds Standards means that "student work demonstrates advanced knowledge and skills in the subject. Students creatively apply knowledge and skills to solve problems and evaluation results." Meets Standards means that "student work demonstrates proficient knowledge and skills in the subject. Students effectively apply knowledge and skills to solve problems." Below Standards means that "student work demonstrates basic knowledge and skills in the subject. However, because of gaps in learning, students apply knowledge and skills in limited ways." Academic Warning means that "student work demonstrates limited knowledge and skills in the subject. Because of major gaps in learning, students apply knowledge and skills ineffectively." Schools with larger percentages of students in the Meets Standards or Exceeds Standards categories are likely to have multiple systems that support higher levels of academic achievement. These may include a high level of teacher quality, advanced courses, and rigorous instruction. Standardized test results are only one indicator of student achievement and should be interpreted in the context of other measures.

    The use of long term (or longitudinal data) to improve educational decision making is a national priority. This data allows educators and researchers to understand the link between various educational strategies and student performance. Longitudinal data is generally used as part of school improvement planning. The most common strategies for using data are professional development activities, providing support positions for system implementation, and the development of tools for generating data and tools for acting on the data collected."