Principal's Corner

March 14, 2023

Dear New Field families,

Next week, 3rd and 4th grade students will begin taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). This assessment measures student mastery of the Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics in grades 3 through 8. The district testing window is March 6 - April 21, 2023.

New Field will administer the test between: March 21 - March 28, 2023.

Children cannot study for a standardized assessment like they would for a regular classroom test, but there are ways you can help your student prepare to do their best:

Ensure your child attends school regularly so that they don’t miss out on important instruction

Speak with your child about testing so that they understand why doing their best is important

Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before the assessment

Ensure your child arrives to school on time on the day of the assessment

Remind your child to take their time, listen to and read all directions, and tackle one question at a time

Help your child maintain a positive mindset by reminding them of their strengths and accomplishments

Review the Student Readiness Tools to gain familiarity with the testing experience. (

We are committed to your child’s academic success. Please reach out to Resident Principal Neida Martinez with any questions about this assessment.

Mrs. Neida Martinez
Resident Principal, New Field ES