Now having waited since late October for 2006 state testing results, Illinois citizens will now wait "several" more weeks while Harcourt continues the FUBAR piecing together of student test forms and answer sheets. Forget about the tutoring, the transfers, or analyses of individual strengths and weaknesses, Illinois officials are now just hoping to get 2006 tests back before the 2007 tests begin. From Ed Week 12/06/06:
The Illinois Standards Achievement Test, or ISAT, is the test given to students annually in grades 3 to 8 in reading and mathematics, and in grades 4 and 7 in science. Generally, the state releases results before Oct. 31.
Although scoring is complete on the Illinois tests, the testing company, San Antonio-based Harcourt Assessment, must do clean-up work because hundreds of tests still can’t be matched with the appropriate students. Once the data are complete, it will be four or five weeks before student-score reports are done and the school and district report cards can be completed, according to state education officials.