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Ed Board Raises ISAT Test Standards

ILLINOIS--When it comes to grades, it's time to raise the bar for our elementary and middle school students. That's the goal for the Illinois State Board of Education.

They are meeting today and Thursday to decide how high to raise the cut score on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, or the ISAT.

Illinois recently adopted common core standards for all students, so, they say, raising expectation levels for this basic standards test is the next logical step.

"We've been seeing in Illinois historically a disconnect between our elementary performance and our high school performance," state Superintendent of Education Christopher Koch said. "And we're trying to bridge that gap."

The board also wants to adopt a new growth metric, which will allow them to better measure student progress year by year.

Education officials hope to settle on the higher cut score by Thursday.