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Message from State Superintendent Tony Smith, Ph. D.

from ISCA

On Wednesday, the board will meet in Springfield for its annual two-day strategic planning session. During the meeting the board will receive the preliminary statewide results for the first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exams. Though they are still not complete, we expect these initial results will show that the amount of students who demonstrate proficiency on the PARCC exam is lower than the amount of students who were considered proficient on our previous state assessments. However, it is important to remember that the PARCC assessment is a different test that is aligned to the higher expectations of the Illinois Learning Standards and emphasizes students' critical thinking, concept mastery, problem solving and writing skills. more

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