Response to Literature

Response to Literature

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Structure of the Grade 8 Reading ISAT

Item Formats
All items are aligned to the Illinois Reading Assessment Framework, which defines the elements of the Illinois Learning Standards that are suitable for state testing.

Multiple-choice items require students to read and reflect, and then to select the alternative that best expresses what they believe the answer to be. A carefully constructed multiple-choice item can assess any of the levels of complexity, from simple procedures to sophisticated concepts. 

Extended-response items require students to demonstrate an understanding of a passage by explaining key ideas using textual evidence and by using this information to draw conclusions or make connections to other situations. The extended-response items are scored with a holistic rubric and count as 10% of the scale score of the test.

Reading Sessions
All standard time administration test sessions are a minimum of 45 minutes in length. Any student who is still actively engaged in testing when the 45 minutes have elapsed will be allowed up to an additional 10 minutes to complete that test session. More details about how to administer this extra time will appear in the ISAT Test Administration Manual. This policy does not affect students who already receive extended time as determined by their IEP.

Reading ISAT Grade 8
  • Session 1: 45 minutes
    • 6 shorter passages—30 multiple-choice items total

  • Session 2: 45 minutes
    • Two longer passages consisting of:
      • 1 expository passage with 10 multiple-choice items 
      • 1 literary passage with 10 multiple-choice items
      • 1 extended-response item

  • Session 3: 45 minutes
    • Consists of 2 or 3 passages
    • 20 multiple-choice items
    • 1 extended-response item

Sample ISAT Test

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) provides a sample ISAT Test booklet. This booklet contains sample test passages, questions, and evaluated responses for the Reading and Math test.




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