With the adoption of the new Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core, the state has retired many of its old tests and replaced them with new, innovative assessments that will provide educators with reliable data to help guide instruction. Often aided by technological advances, these assessments will allow for students to better showcase their skills compared to the old, multiple-choice format.
Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) (formerly Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers PARCC) is for students in grades 3 through 8 will take IAR in both English Language Arts and Math. More about IAR >>
Illinois Science Assessment Students in grades 5 and 8 and students in grades 9-12 enrolled in Biology or a course that corresponds to the content of Biology I are required to take this assessment. Students in these grades will take the assessment during one class period. There should be minimal disruption to the daily schedule. Each grade’s assessment is expected to take approximately 60 minutes and include between 18 to 21 questions. This assessment is based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Illinois adopted these new science standards last year.
PSAT / SAT Students in grade 9 to take the PSAT 8/9 and public-school students in grade 10 to take the PSAT 10.
Advanced Placement (AP®) - There are 14 AP® college-level work courses at Rock Island High School. If students score a 3 or higher on the exam, college credit can be earned. Here's how to make the most of this opportunity >>