School District Assessments

Assessment drives learning. As educators we assess students for many reasons with the main one being to provide teachers and parents information regarding the students acquisition of learning objectives. We also use the assessments to provide instructional feedback, to determine if a student needs additional support, and to make effective programming and curricular decisions that are data-driven. Assessments are at the heart of learning when the data is used to improve learning and teaching outcomes.

In addition to classroom formative and summative assessments, the following tests are also administered by the District:

W-APT Screener
September

W-APT stands for the WIDA-ACCESS Placement Test. It is an English language proficiency “screener” test given to incoming students who may be designated as English language learners. If a student’s parent answered “yes” to one or both of the Home Language Survey questions, “Is a language other than English spoken in the home?’ and “Does the student speak a language other than English?”, the screener will be administered.

ACCESS for ELLs Test
January – February

ACCESS for ELLs stands for Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners. The ACCESS for ELLs test assesses students’ English language proficiency in five areas: Social and Instructional Language (SIL), which incorporates proficiencies needed to deal with the general language of the classroom and the school; the language of English Language Arts (LoLA); the language of Mathematics (LoMA); the language of Science (LoSC); and the language of Social Studies (LoSS). The test is used to assist educators with program placement decisions.Students who have been screened on the WAPT in the fall and may potentially be Limited English Proficiency (LEP) will take the ACCESS test to see if additional support should be provided to them.

AIMsweb
Fall , Winter, Spring

AIMSweb is a progress monitoring (students receiving interventions) and data management for students in grades K-8. AIMSweb provides guidance to administrators and teachers to identify students who are in need of additional academic support in reading and/or math.
NWEA MAP

NWEA MAP
Fall , Winter, Spring

  • Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP) – These computerized tests are adaptive and administered in Reading and Mathematics up to three times per year for students in grades 2-8. When taking a MAP® test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level.
  • MAP® for Primary Grades (MPG) – These computerized tests are adaptive and administered in Reading and Mathematics up to three times per year for students in Grades Kdg – 2. These assessments provide teachers with an efficient way to assess achievement levels of early learners so they can spend more time teaching and less time administering individual diagnostic tests.These assessment also help teachers to identify the needs of all primary grades students, from struggling to advanced learners. The MPG assessments utilize engaging test items that encourage student participation for more accurate results.

PARCC Assessments
March

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) measures the achievement of students in reading and mathematics in grades three through eight and science in grades four and seven.

IAA
February- March

The Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA) is the yardstick the state uses to measure the learning of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Students take the IAA if participation in the state’s regular assessments — the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT)–is not appropriate, even with accommodations.

The IAA is a performance-based assessment that uses on demand tasks, which are aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards. The IAA is based on alternate achievement standards in reading, mathematics, science and writing at the grades corresponding to ISAT and PSAE.