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.