IAR Testing (3rd-8th Grade)

IAR Testing (3rd-8th Grade)
4/1/2019 4/4/2019

Please notify families through your weekly classroom newsletter the dates for IAR testing for your students and include the following blurb about student opt outs:

IAR testing begins the week of April 1st. Attendance is strongly encouraged during these days as it is best for students to test with their peers in their normal testing environment. Grade 3 will participate in a paper/pencil test, where grades 4-8 will take the test on the computer.

The IAR assessment is one of many sources of information that let us know if our students are on track. ISBE requires that all districts and schools test at least 95 percent of eligible students to ensure that test results for individual schools and the district are representative. ISBE has communicated that failure to meet the 95 percent threshold may put schools and CPS at risk of financial sanctions and/or other punitive actions.

To meet participation requirements, all students are provided the opportunity to participate in each unit of the test. This means that students must be presented a testing ticket (online testers) or a test booklet for each unit. Students who refuse to participate will remain in the classroom and be allowed to take part in a silent, self-guided activity in the classroom (in a content area other than what is being assessed). ISBE does not recognize a parent's right to opt a child out of required student assessments. If you have discussed IAR testing with your child and you anticipate that they will opt out of tests please let their homeroom teacher know. We will be contacting parents of students whom we are unaware of parental knowledge to ensure that it is communicated that your child refused the test. We do not want parents expecting testing results to later learn their child refused the test and do not have results.

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