Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • Students in grades 5 and 8 are required to participate in the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) each spring. The ISA represents Illinois’ commitment to preparing all students for college and careers, including careers in the high-demand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The assessment also satisfies federal accountability requirements. 
    The online ISA is designed to reflect classroom experiences. It aligns with the Illinois Learning Standards in science which incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The ISA includes questions related to Life Science, Physical Science, and Earth and Space Science. Students also apply their understanding of Engineering Practices in these domains. More information about the Illinois Learning Standards for Science can be found here.

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