January 20, 2011



Amendments to Rules Governing the State Assessment (23 Ill. Adm. Code 1.30)

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has amended its rules governing the State Assessment to define “grade 11” for the purpose of administering the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) or the Illinois Alternative Assessment (IAA). The text of the revised rule is presented below; ISBE anticipates the rule becoming effective on January 20, 2011.

Section 1.30(b)(4) Districts shall administer the Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) or the Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA), if applicable under subsection (d) of this Section, to students in grade 11. (See Section 2-3.64 of the School Code.) For the purpose of this subsection (b)(4), “grade 11” means the point in time when a student has earned the number of credits necessary for enrollment in grade 11, as determined by his or her school district in accordance with Sections 1.420(b) and 1.440 of this Part. A district shall not promote a student to grade 12 status until that student has taken either the PSAE or IAA, as applicable.

Guidance for Spring 2011 Testing:

  1. For the 2011 Spring PSAE and IAA administration only, home school districts are not required to pull back (reclassify) grade 12 students who have already been promoted to grade 12 prior to the administration of the PSAE or IAA. However, any students who take the PSAE or IAA in spring 2011 will be counted as grade 11 for the purposes of computing Adequate Yearly Progress for participation and performance, as appropriate.

  2. Home School Districts are allowed to promote a student to grade 12 if the student was exempt from the state assessment while in grade 11 (Exemptions include: Medically Exempt, Homebound Exempt, In Jail/Locked Facility, Out of State/Country [See 2010-2011 Guidance – PSAE and Receipt of a Regular High School Diploma]). These exempt students would be eligible for a regular high school diploma, even though they would not take the PSAE or IAA.

  3. Home School Districts are allowed to maintain a student as grade 12 if the student was exempt from state assessment while in grade 12 (Exemptions include: Medically Exempt, Homebound Exempt, In Jail/Locked Facility, Out of State/Country, Non-Regular Diploma Recipient, or New to IL Public School in Grade 12). These exempt students would be eligible for a regular high school diploma, even though they would not take the PSAE or IAA.

  4. For the 2011 Spring IAA administration only, Home School Districts are allowed to maintain a student as grade 12 if the student was IAA eligible and absent from the assessment while in grade 11 or were IAA eligible last year but not tested due to error. These students would be eligible for a regular high school diploma. However, upon the effective date of the new rule, students for whom the IAA is the appropriate state assessment may not be promoted to grade 12 status until they take IAA.

  5. Home School Districts are allowed to maintain a student as being in grade 12 if they are new to the school and had achieved grade 12 status in their previous school that is a non-public school or is located out of the state or country. These transfer students would be eligible for a regular high school diploma, even though they would not take the PSAE or IAA.

  6. Students who have completed all coursework but must take the PSAE in the spring to fulfill the PSAE Diploma Requirement should continue to be enrolled in the Student Information System until May 13, 2011, to ensure their inclusion in the Assessment Correction file.

  7. Students who are classified by the district as being in grade 11 multiple years (due to credit status) must participate in the state assessment each spring that they maintain grade 11 status.
ISBE Contact:

Megan Forness
PSAE Consultant
Student Assessment
Illinois State Board of Education
100 North First Street
Springfield, IL 62777-0001
Phone: 217.782.4823
Fax: 217.782.6097
mforness@isbe.net
www.isbe.net/assessment/psae.htm