Be ready for the student in your house to be talking about PARCC and not ISAT. Illinois is moving to what's billed as a better indicator of readiness, the multi-state Partnership for Assessment for College and Careers test. “PARCC is designed to show growth and to better drive instruction,” says Illinois public school superintendent Christopher Koch. “That's different than what ACT's doing for us, currently.”
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“Nothing is perfect. There are still a lot of unknowns as we transition into this new era of new standards and new assessments,” says deputy superintendent Susie Morrison. “We have post-secondary (education leaders) at the table with us, because PARCC is designed to be an indicator of readiness for entry-level credit-bearing courses in English, language arts, and math in colleges and universities across this country.”
Koch says college-bound high school students in Illinois will probably still want to take the ACT and/or SAT, but he adds college admissions officers may eventually be comfortable with PARCC's results in addition to or instead of those established tests.