Science Assessment


Important Dates & Information

The following webpages house the latest information about the IL Science Assessment. Check back for updates regularly.


IL Science Assessment Information:

  • CPS (login to your CPS account to view)
  • ISBE


What we currently know:

  • CPS Assessment Window: April 17-28, 2017
  • Grades assessed: 5th, 8th, and high school biology
  • Assessment format: online
  • Assessment content: The assessment is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
  • Assessment Items: Each test (5, 8, high school) will begin with reading passages, called scenarios, and will be followed by a series of test items. Some items will be open-ended, some will be multiple-choice, and some will include dropdown selections or other technology-enhanced choices. Each test will also include stand-alone, multiple-choice items that do not follow a scenario.
  • Note: Illinois has an item-sharing agreement with the Office of the State Superintendent in the District of Columbia and is working in partnership with D.C. to build the ISA.