Illinois to Provide SAT to All 11th-Graders Beginning Spring 2017
Illinois to Provide SAT to All 11th-Graders Beginning Spring 2017College Board Communications
Yesterday, July 11, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced that it will provide the SAT at no cost to all public high school juniors during the 2016-17 school year. The SAT will replace the Partnership for Assessment Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment as the high school accountability exam in Illinois.
Illinois State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith said, “Districts and school administrators overwhelmingly agree with ISBE that every high school junior should have access to a college entrance exam, a policy that promotes equity and access and that provides each and every student with greater opportunities in higher education. The SAT is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and will continue to empower educators to measure college and career readiness.”
ISBE had conducted listening tours to obtain insight from stakeholders, including students, parents, schools, districts, educators, administrators, and advocacy groups, among other interested parties. According to ISBE, stakeholders overwhelmingly emphasized the need for equitable access to a college entrance exam for all students.
“Educators are asking for more from assessments; it’s no longer enough just to offer a test,” said the College Board’s Chief of Assessment, Cyndie Schmeiser. “With this announcement, Illinois students and educators will benefit directly from an assessment that not only provides more information than ever before about a student’s readiness, but directly links to resources that offer distinct opportunities to students, including free, personalized, online test practice through Khan Academy and application fee waivers.”
Schmeiser added: “The College Board has been a long-stand partner with ISBE and with educators across the state. We will continue to work with ISBE to provide training and resources to ensure a smooth transition that fully supports students and educators. The SAT already is a familiar exam to many in the state and is accepted at all Illinois universities. The SAT is aligned with state academic standards, reflects what students already are learning in class, and focuses on the few things evidence shows matter most for college and career readiness.”
In the 2015-16 school year, five states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, and New Hampshire) used the SAT for federal high school accountability, and additional states are committed to using it in 2016-17.