ISBE Basic Skills Testing Requirement Prior to Student Teaching or Internship

Prior to proceeding to student teaching/internship in an Illinois Education Preparation Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, prospective candidates must take and pass an Illinois approved test of basic skills.  Approved tests consist of the Illinois Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP), ACT or SAT with approved scores.  Previously passed Illinois Test of Basic Skills (096, 300, or 400) may be used to meet this requirement.

Test of Academic Proficiency:

Registration, a study guide, and test framework for the TAP can be found at www.il.nesinc.com.  Test scores should be sent to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, code 052.  Please note:  As identified in the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)'s Teach Illinois: Strong Teachers, Strong Classrooms report, beginning June 30, 2019, the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP400) will be put on hold indefinitely while ISBE conducts a study of alternative basic skills assessments.  The last day to register for the TAP is June 27, 2019.  TAP tests passed prior to June 30, 2019, will continue to be accepted to meet the Illinois basic skills requirement past June 30, 2019.  ISBE will contiune to require specific scores on the ACT or SAT as a test of basic skills for the issuance of a Professional Educator License.

To use an ACT score, the following must be met:

  1. ACT composite score must be at least 22; and
  2. ACT combined English/Writing score must be at least 19 for tests prior to September 2015; or
  3. ACT writing score must be at least 16 for tests taken September 2015 to September 8 2016; or
  4. ACT writing score must be at least 6 for tests taken September 10, 2016 or after.

To use an SAT score, the following must be met:

  1. SAT combined score (critical reading and math) of at least 1030 and SAT writing score of at least 450 for tests taken prior to March 5, 2016.
  2. SAT combined score (evidence-based reading and writing plus mathematics) of at least 1110 and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language test for tests taken on or after March 5, 2016.

You may muse a composite score from one test and a writing score from another if you do not have appropriate scores on one test.  If using more than one test it must be from same company ACT/ACT or SAT/SAT.

How to Submit ACT/SAT Scores to ISBE

Prospective candidates who wish to use their ACT/SAT scores must complete the following steps in the order presented below:

  1. Log onto (or create an ELIS (Educator Licensure Information System) account if you don't already have one).  To create an accoung go to https://sec3.isbe.net/IWASNET/login.aspx and click on the 'Sign up Now' link on the left side menu.
  2. Request ACT/SAT send an official score report to the Illinois State Board of Education, Division of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness, 100 North First Street, S-306, Springfield, IL  62777.  If sending ACT scores. you must use college code 3001 to have the reports sent directly to ISBE.  If send SAT use code 6773.*
  1. SAT combined score (critical reading and math) of at least 1030 and SAT writing score of at least 450 for tests taken prior to March 5, 2016.
  2. SAT combined score (evidence-based reading and writing plus mathematics) of at least 1110 and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language test for tests taken on or after March 5, 2016.

*IMPORTANT:  ISBE will only hold your scores for 30 days; therefore, it is imperative that you create an ELIS account prior to requesting  your scores from ACT/SAT.  Before you can be fully admitted to a licensure program the Council on Teacher Education must be able to verify, in the ELIS system, that you have either passed the Test of Academic Proficiency or that the ISBE has accepted you ACT/SAT scores.

Out of State applicants who have taken and passed a basic skills test leading to licensure in another state should complete one of the three following forms.  Please choose the form that best fits your circumstances.

ISBE FORM 80-03 https://www.isbe.net/Documents/80-03-oos-basic-skills-verification-isbe.pdf

ISBE FORM 80-02 https://www.isbe.net/Documents/80-02-standards-verification.pdf

ISBE FORM 80-03A https://www.isbe.net/Documents/80-03A%201-11-2017%20secured.pdf

 

How To "Super Score" Using ACT or SAT to Meet ISBE Basic Skills Requirement

ACT

ACT super score rules- Add together the highest English, Math, Reading and Science score, across multiple test reports, to develop a new averaged super score.  The averaged super score must be 22 or higher (averages of 21.5 with round up to 22).  Students must still achieve a passing writing score (according to the writing cut score on said test) and send all tests used to compile super score to ISBE.

Example:  Ryan received a 21 composite score on ACT test A and ACT test B.

 

Test A

English 19
Science 18
Math 18
Reading 26

 

Test B

English 21
Science 22
Math 20
Reading 20

When combining his highest scores, highlighted above, Ryan's composite average would be equal 22 and meet the super score requirement.  (Wriging score would still need to be met)

ACT total of English, Math, Reading and Science scores, from multiple tests, must total 86 points (86 divided by 4 = 21.5) to meet the minimum super score composite average of 22, along with a passing score on a writing test, to meet the test of basic skills minimum.

SAT 

SAT super score rules = Add together the highest Evidence-based reading and writing score and math score, from multiple tests.  The total composit must be higher than 1110 and a minimum score of 26 on writing and language test.  (Based on the current SAT text format) For tests prior to March 5, 2016 the combined scores for critical reading and math must be at least 1030.

Example:  Megan received a 1090 on SAT test A and a 1080 on ACT Test B.

Test A

EB Reading and Writing 590
Math 500

 

Test B

EB Reading and Wriging 550
Math 540

When combining her highest scores, highlighted above, Megan's composite average would equal 1130 and meet the super score requirement. (Writing score would still need to be met and sent)

SAT total of Evidence-based reading and writing score and Math score, from multiple tests must total 1110 to meet the minimum along with passing writing portion to meet the test of basic skills.