Prairie State Achievement Examination
The Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE) was a two-day standardized test taken by all High School Juniors in the U.S. state of Illinois. On the first day, students took the ACT, and on the second day, a WorkKeys examination and Illinois State Board of Education-developed science examination. The test is no longer administered in Illinois schools, however it was required for all Illinois High School Students from 2001-2014.
Areas of Assessment
The PSAE attempted to assess students on the following areas:
- The student’s Individualized Education Program is incompatible with the PSAE, and the test cannot be modified to comply. In this case, the student takes the Illinois Alternate Assessment instead.
- The student is not proficient in English. In this case the student takes the Illinois Measure of Annual Growth in English instead.
- The student is enrolled in an alternative Education program, including an adult education program, or high school equivalency certificates.
- Becky McCabe, Division Administrator, Student Assessment Division (August 21, 2006). "Memorandum:2006-07 Guidance – Graduation and the Prairie State Achievement Examination" (PDF). Illinois State Board of Education. Retrieved April 20, 2007.[dead link]
- Stephen M. Ponisciak (September 2005). "Understanding the Prairie State Achievement Exam" (PDF). University of Chicago. Retrieved April 20, 2007.
- "Prairie State Achievement Examination (PSAE)". Illinois State Board of Education. Retrieved April 20, 2007.