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.

Spring 2014 is the last time that the state used only the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) to measure student achievement. Starting in 2015, high school students will begin taking the PARCC assessments as part of a gradual transition to tests that are aligned to the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core. To learn more about the PARCC tests, select the PARCC tab at the left.

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 in Illinois.

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.


A state demonstrating high achievement 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 tests results should be interpreted in the context of other measures of student achievement.

  • Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE)

The PSAE measures 11th grade student achievement relative to the 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.

For more information go to Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE) Test data for the past 3 years may be viewed by selecting Advanced Reports from the left side menu.