LCHS will be administering the PSAE to all juniors on Tuesday, April 24th and Wednesday, April 25th. Listed below are some questions and answers for both students and parents.
What is the Prairie State Achievement Examination, or PSAE?
The PSAE is the state achievement test for grade 11 public high school students. Current state legislation requires that students take the PSAE to receive a regular high school diploma, unless they are exempt. The PSAE will test three academic subjects: reading, mathematics, and science.
What is the purpose of the PSAE?
The PSAE assesses the progress of both high schools and individual students in meeting the Illinois Learning Standards.
How is the PSAE administered?
Students are tested over two days. On Day 1, they take the ACT, which includes multiple-choice English, mathematics, reading, and science tests. On Day 2, they take a science test developed by the State Board of Education with assistance from Illinois educators and two ACT-developed WorkKeys tests. Applied Mathematics and Reading for Information.
Why does the PSAE include different kinds of tests?
The State Board of Education wants the PSAE to have value for individual students, so tests that will be useful to them are included. The WorkKeys tests measure skills in mathematics and reading that employers believe are critical to job success. The college-reportable ACT scores may be used for college admissions.
Please visit www.isbe.net/assessment/psae.htm for more information regarding the PSAE or contact the LCHS Guidance Department at 309-697-6271.
-Posted by: Jon Hill
Mr. Jon Hill
Director of Guidance
Mrs. Stephanie Decker