The New Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)
Purpose: The New Illinois Science Assessment (ISA):
Who takes the New ISA?All Grade 11 students
- is a federally required online assessment based on the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which were adopted in 2014.
- is better aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for science in both content and science and engineering practices (SEP).
- For additional information regarding the ISA, please visit the ISBE website at: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/IL-Science-Assessment.pdf
Is the New ISA test optional or required?
The ISA is required for all LTHS students in Grade 11.What areas does the New ISA cover?
The new ISA a comprehensive exam that includes life, physical, Earth and space sciences with engineering and technological design features imbedded in the other science domains. Science and Engineering Practices (SEP) is a second focus of the ISA. The 8 SEP’s will be equally represented throughout the ISA as allowed by the strength of the item bank.How is the test administered?
- The test has three separate sessions.
- The estimated student time on task per session is 40 minutes.
- Test sessions are not timed. Students may continue to work past the estimated 40 minutes, so long as they do not leave the test session.
- Testing within a session must be completed in one day, even for students testing with accommodations.
- All three test sessions will be administered on one test date.
TEST DATE AND REGISTRATION
Test Date:April 14, 2021 and April 15, 2021Students will be assigned to a test group by the Testing Office. Notification of your test group, test date, and test location will be sent via email in April 2021.Not Applicable
TEST DAY INSTRUCTIONS
Test Location:The ISA will be administered at LTHS North Campus.What should I bring on test day?Students need to bring a calculator. As this is an online test, #2 pencils are not required.Can I bring my cell phone?Students should not bring a cell phone, however, if they do, the phone MUST BE POWERED COMPLETELY OFF DURING TESTING. If a cell phone is activated during testing, the student’s test may be voided.
SCORE REPORTING INFORMATION
How do I receive my ISA scores?TBDFor additional information regarding the Illinois Science Assessment, visit the Illinois State Board of Education webpage: