District 88 shares important information regarding high school accountability assessment

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently announced the procurement process for the high school accountability assessment has concluded, and Illinois will transition back to the ACT beginning with the 2024-25 school year. The state exam is a graduation requirement for students. To read a press release from the ISBE regarding this decision, go to https://tinyurl.com/2h43cn2b

Illinois previously used the ACT for 15 years, until it switched to the SAT in 2016. The ACT consists of four multiple-choice tests covering English, math, reading and science and is scored on a 36-point scale. The SAT has two sections, reading and writing and math, with scores ranging between 400 and 1,600 points.

District 88 wants to assure families that we are prepared to support students through this transition process. See important information below. District 88 Superintendent Dr. Jean Barbanente also shared information during the June 10 Board of Education meeting. To view that presentation, click on the video above.

  • We will provide students with materials to prepare for the exam, at no charge to families. This information will be available soon through PrepScholar, an online platform.

  • We will continue to offer students the opportunity to take College Board assessments such as the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT).

  • We will offer optional weekend SAT tests during the school year. 

Further details will be shared soon regarding the above initiatives.

In the meantime, below are ACT resources for parents and students to reference: