State Replacing PARCC with SAT

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently announced that it will provide the College Board’s SAT exam at no cost to all public high school juniors during the 2016-17 school year. The SAT will replace the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test as the high school state and federal accountability exam in Illinois. Both the SAT and PARCC tests align with the Illinois Learning Standards, but the SAT provides scores that can be used for college admissions purposes. 

Illinois students have traditionally taken the ACT college entrance exam. However, when deciding which testing company to use, ISBE found that the SAT is more closely aligned with state learning standards and will cost less to administer statewide. 

The decision was heavily influenced by the recent listening tour conducted by ISBE, feedback from school districts, and the state’s current budget climate.
The listening tour and school administrators found overwhelmingly that equitable access to a quality college entrance exam was essential in providing future opportunities to all students. Parents, teachers, and administrators also stressed that the amount of testing time and the number of assessments administered to students need to be reduced. By providing the SAT to all juniors during the school day, instead of PARCC, the state can eliminate redundancy and maximize the value of student testing time.

Elementary and middle school students will continue to take the PARCC assessment. PARCC results provide educators with data that may be used to provide individualized support to students to ensure they are on the right path to succeed in college and careers.