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Parent Letter: Illinois Assessment of Readiness

March 15, 2019

Dear Freeport School District Parents and Guardians:

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 will 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.

Our students will take the Illinois Assessment of Readiness beginning April 8 through April 18. Please ensure that your student gets plenty of sleep and has breakfast so that he/she is well rested, alert, and ready for testing. Please encourage your student to do his/her best on the test.

If you have questions about the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, please reach out to your school principal. As always, we encourage our students to do their best every day. Thank you for your partnership in your student’s academic success.

Sincerely,

Dr. Duane R. Meighan

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction