August 27, 2014


School Year 2014-15 Illinois Assessment Updates



New Illinois Testing Laws

As many of you know, Senate Bill (SB 3412) was signed into law on 8/15/14 and is now Public Act 098-0972 (see http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/98/PDF/098-0972.pdf).  This new legislation replaces the previous law related to state assessments that has been in place for over a decade in Illinois.  There are many moving parts that must be taken into consideration as the new law is implemented. We are working to ensure that this transition is supported. Please be patient as we work to address the unique situations created during these initial stages of implementation.

PNP Guidance

A guidance document for PARCC’s Personal Needs Profiles (PNP) can be found here: http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/2015/parcc/pnp-guidance.pdf. The PNP will be needed to provide accessibility features that need to be turned on in advance and accommodations on the PARCC test.

I-TRAx

Information on I-TRAx, the new statewide technology readiness tool, can be found here: http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/2015/parcc/I-TRAx.pdf.  You can find the rollout webinar under “Presentations and Webinars” here: http://www.isbe.state.il.us/assessment/parcc.htm.

DLM

Kick-Off the School Year with the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System Pre-Recorded Webinar

This pre-recorded webinar training providing information regarding the transition to the new state assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities, an overview of the DLM Alternate Assessment system, and upcoming training opportunities has been posted for viewing at the ISBE DLM website http://www.isbe.net/assessment/dlm.htm

Getting Ready for the Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment System for the 2014-15 School Year Webinar

These live webinars are for coordinators and teachers and will provide information regarding the instructionally embedded assessments, field test opportunities, and tasks that need to be completed in order to use the DLM-AA system.  To register, go to http://www.isbe.net/assessment/dlm.htm.