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December 3, 2007

ISBE DELL e-broadcast 2007.81 - IMAGE Assessment Information

Dear Educators Serving English Language Learning:

The message below is a re-broadcast of information transmitted from our assessment division this past Friday.


Dear IMAGE Coordinators:

You are probably aware that the Illinois Measure if Annual Growth in English (IMAGE) will not be administered in 2008. After several years of analyses, modifications, and negotiations with the federal government, it’s become clear that a state accountability test for English Language Learners (ELLs) cannot be built using the IMAGE platform. Therefore, to attain compliance with federal laws and regulations, ELL students in Illinois public schools will participate in the annual state assessment, in grades 3-8, with the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT), and at grade 11, with the Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE). Special accommodations for these students are being developed to assist in this effort. These accommodations will be announced by late December/early January.

Students who would have taken IMAGE in 2008 in grades 3-8 will participate in ISAT reading and mathematics. Those in grades 4 and 7 will, additionally, participate in ISAT science. The ISAT Writing Test will NOT be expected of these students because their participation in the ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State) testing program satisfies that requirement. Grade 11 ELLS, who would have taken IMAGE in 2008, will participate in both days of PSAE. Follow state guidance on the PSAE webpage (http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/psae_grad_guid_memo.pdf) to ensure that these students qualify for graduation.

From now through the end of the ordering window, ISAT materials for ELLs in grades 3-8 should be ordered online through the Questar Service Point system to avoid the unnecessary consumption of ISAT Writing materials. Districts that have already ordered ISAT materials for their ELLs through the Pearson website do NOT have to retract those orders, but should be aware that Pearson will include ISAT Writing materials with those orders that ELLs will NOT use if they participate in ACCESS in January of 2008.

PSAE materials for grade 11 students who would have taken IMAGE must be added to the regular PSAE orders. ACT, unfortunately, will not accept any grade 11 materials orders submitted through Questar.

If you have questions, feel free to respond to call the Student Assessment Division at ISBE, (217) 782-4823.

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