Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)

Each spring, Illinois students participate in the state assessment, now called the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). The assessment was previously known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The IAR is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and asks students to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and skills through problem-solving, critical thinking, and writing skills.

View additional materials related to recent years below.

District 64 students in grades 3-8 took the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (formerly PARCC) in in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math in March 2019. Although the name has changed, the format for the IAR is almost exactly the same as the PARCC assessment that students took last year, only slightly shorter. 

In preparation, students were given an opportunity to learn how to navigate the tools within the computer-based test environment. They also took at least one practice ELA assessment and one practice Math assessment, so they feel comfortable with the testing format, procedures and time limits.

Here are a few key features of the IAR assessment:

  • As did PARCC, the IAR assessment aligns college and career readiness expectations from kindergarten through grade 12.
  • Test items are designed to assess each student’s mastery of the rigorous Illinois learning standards in ELA and Math.
  • The IAR requires students to synthesize information from multiple sources and explain their answers.
  • Just as students found when taking PARCC tests, the IAR takes advantage of technology to include questions and other tasks that correspond to the type of learning opportunities students encounter in their classrooms on a regular basis.
  • Using these technology-enhanced items, students will get a chance to better showcase their technology skills.

If you would like to learn more about the IAR tests, English Language Arts sample tests, Math sample tests, and additional resources are available for your convenience. Although the name of this assessment has changed this year, the testing resources provided by the Illinois State Board of Education are the same as last year’s PARCC resources.

In spring 2018, Illinois students participated in the state assessment called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The PARCC assessment is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and asks students to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and skills through problem-solving, critical thinking, and writing skills.

The resources below provide a more in-depth explanation of your child’s 2018 PARCC scores and the various performance levels.

Other resources offered by the Illinois State Board of Education include:

In spring 2017, Illinois students participated in the state assessment called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The PARCC assessment is aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and asks students to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and skills through problem-solving, critical thinking, and writing skills.

The resources below provide a more in-depth explanation of your child’s 2017 PARCC scores and the various performance levels.