Dear Parent or Guardian,
Please be advised that the required college and career readiness assessment for the state of Illinois is the SAT. The School Day SAT will be administered this year on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. School Day SAT scores are included in a students’ permanent record. Some students also choose to take the ACT, an additional college and career readiness assessment.
In August of 2017, the Illinois General Assembly approved a new law, which removes the requirement that college and career readiness assessment scores be included on a student’s transcript. We are writing to inform you of this new law and let you know of your right as a parent to determine whether or not you would like your child’s scores to be included on his or her transcript. Please complete the form provided your approval for your child’s SAT and/or ACT scores to be included on their high school transcript.
Please also be advised that the college or university to which your child is applying and/or is admitted to may request official score reports. Students may also qualify to have scores sent to colleges or universities in addition to those sent during the regular administration of the SAT.
The Department of Teaching and Learning
The SAT Suite of Assessments are currently used in Springfield Public Schools. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) made the SAT with Essay the state accountability examination for high schools in Illinois. Starting in the Spring of 2017, all grade 11 students attending Illinois public high schools began taking the SAT as part of a school day at no charge to the participants. Also included in the Suite of Assessments are the PSAT/NMSQT and the PSAT 8/9 which may be taken for a fee. Read the overview of the different assessments below or click on the link above to find more detailed information about the different assessments and supports that the SAT Suite of Assessments provide.
The SAT is the culminating test in a series of assessments called the SAT Suite of Assessments. The suite of assessments measure an identified set of skills and knowledge that support college and career success. The SAT also serves as the Illinois State Assessment for high schools. The test is given at school in the Spring to high school juniors. Click on the link above to find out more about the SAT.
The PSAT/NMSQT, Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is the qualifying test for the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships.
There are three sections on the PSAT/NMSQT: Math, Reading, and Language/Writing. It is a for fee assessment that is given in the Fall and recommended during the high school junior year for those that are interested in being a National Merit Scholar. For more information, click on the PSAT/NMSQT link above.
The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT and PSAT/NMSQT. The PSAT 8/9 measures what students are already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know areas that still need to be developed. The results provide students a roadmap of their learning long before they take the SAT.
The PSAT 8/9 is a for fee assessment that is meant for students in the 8th and 9th grades. It call also be taken by students as young as 3rd grade when an out of level assessment is sought. Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) provides above-grade-level assessment, as a means of gifted testing, to help understand a child's educational needs. NUMATS tests eligible students in grades 3 through 6. This assessment and its results are not used for gifted identification in Springfield Public Schools. If you are interested in this assessment, please click on the PSAT 8/9 heading above for more information