Illinois Standards Achievement Test—Science

Background

Sponsor/Creator

Illinois State Board of Education

Purpose

Measure student achievement in five areas and monitor school performance

What is measured

Science-related knowledge and capability

Target population

4th- and 7th-grade students in Illinois

Item format

Multiple choice

Sample size

All eligible public school students in 4th and 7th grade in Illinois

Frequency of administration

Annually in April since 2000

Availability

http://www.isbe.net/assessment/PDF/2003ScienceSample.pdf

Scope

This assessment is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards, which were adopted in 1997. Standards 11B and 13B are related to technology. Standard 11B requires that students “know and apply the concepts, principles, and processes of technological design.” Standard 13B requires that students “know and apply concepts that describe the interaction between science, technology, and society.” Four questions for 4th-grade students and five questions for 7th-grade students in the 2003 sample assessment address Standard 11B. Seven questions on the 4th-grade exam and six questions on the 7th-grade exam address standard 13B. The 70-question exam is administered in 80 minutes and covers science inquiry, life sciences, physical sciences, earth and space sciences, and science, technology and society. The committee reviewed only sample test items because the Illinois Board of Education does not release actual test items.



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