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After several years and no small amount of controversy, PARCC in Illinois is being replaced by the IAR: The Illinois Assessments of Readiness. In their August 28 webinar & a subsequent email update, ISBE's Assessment Division announced that they will use PARCC question content to deliver a computer-adaptive annual assessment through Data Recognition Corporation (DRC). DRC is currently used in Illinois to deliver the ACCESS testing for English Language Learners. DRC also delivers statewide assessments in Louisiana, Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Nevada.
ISBE reports that the next round of Illinois testing will remain very similar to the assessments we have delivered at Grades 3-8 for the past several school years. DRC will use PARCC question content, at least initially, but will begin the transition to a more computer-adaptive platform over the next 3-4 years. Their vision is to deliver more relevant and timely results of machine-scored items within a week of the close of the testing window, and all results within a month of that date.
Most of this information comes from the bi-weekly Assessment Webinars, and from this letter posted on the ISBE website.
The next State Assessment Webinar is scheduled for 10-11:30 on Friday, October 12.