Illinois test scores show for students in kindergarten through 12th grade show fewer kids meeting the standards, largely because the standards are higher.
“The new expectations do not mean that our students know less or are less capable than they were in previous years,” says Christopher Koch, state superintendent of education. “Instead, ISBE is raising the bar to better indicate how well students are prepared to meet college and career readiness benchmarks.”
The scores indicate a statewide composite score of 82.1 for students meeting or exceeding ISAT standards of 2012 and 61.9 in 2013, a figure Koch says he and the board predicted in January.
Koch says parents should not be alarmed; rather, they should believe that college admissions officers look upon Illinois as a more rigorous state for elementary and secondary education.