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Assessment and Accountability

AIMSweb - Achievement Improvement Monitoring System


Who: Students in grades K-5

What is tested: Early reading skills and reading fluency

When is it given: Fall, Winter, Spring

District 33 uses these assessments as "screeners" in the fall, winter and spring.

AIMSweb measures used by teachers includes the following assessments:

  • Reading-R-CBM (Oral Reading Fluency)
  • Spanish Reading-R-Span (Spanish Oral Reading Fluency)
  • TEL- (Test of Early Literacy) LSF-Letter Sound Fluency, Phoneme Segmentation Fluency
  • MIDE- (Spanish Early Literacy) LSF-Letter Sound Fluency, Syllable Segmentation Fluency

MAP (Measures of Academic Progress)


Who: Students in grades 1 - 8

What is tested: Mathematics and Reading

When is it given: Fall, Winter, Spring

MAP measures what students know in reading and math and informs teachers of what they are ready to learn next.  It is used as a screener to check student skills and progress three times a year. MAP tests are administered online. 

  • Identify the skills and concepts individual students have learned
  • Identify gaps in learning 
  • Monitor academic growth over time
  • Make data-driven decisions at the classroom, school, and district level
  • Place new students into appropriate instructional programs

Illinois Assessment of Readiness

Who: Students in grades 3-8 
What is tested:   Illinois state standards in mathematics and English language arts. 
When is it given:  Spring (March-April)  
IAR is replacing PARCC assessment in 2018-2019 school year.  IAR is the annual state checkpoint to determine if students have met grade level standards.  Beginning in 2018-2019 the IAR will provide information on student growth.  Growth will be determined from previous PARCC data.

DLM (Dynamic Learning Maps)

Who:  Specific students receiving special education services in grades 3-8.
What is tested:  English language arts, mathematics and science
When is it given:  Spring (March-May) 
IEP (Individualized Education Plan) teams  working with children who have cognitive disabilities may determine the DLM is more appropriate than the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)  for measuring student progress. 

ISA (Illinois Science Assessment)

Who:  Students in grades 5 and 8 
What is tested: Science  
When is it given:  Spring (April) 
Fifth grade students are being assessed on acquisition of elementary science standards.  Eighth grade students are being assessed on acquisition of middle school science standards. The assessment is given online.  For students with disabilities taking the DLM the science assessment is included in the DLM.  


Who: Students who are English Language Learners in grades K - 8  

What is tested: English language skills across the content areas of reading, mathematics, science, and social studies.

When is it given: Winter (January-February)

The ACCESS is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing). Access tests grades 1-8 is an online assessment. 

New Students
 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. It assists educators with programmatic placement decisions such as indentification and placement of ELLs. The W-APT is one component of WIDA's comprehensive assessment system.

CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)

Who: Students in grades 2 and 5 
What is tested:  Verbal, quantitative and nonverbal reasoning. 
When is it given:  Grade 5 fall (October-November) Grade 2 winter (February)
CogAT screeners are one data point used for entrance criteria for the gifted and talented program.   

KIDS (Illinois Kindergarten Individual Development Survey)

Who:  Kindergarten 
What is tested:  Indicators of readiness for school covering literacy, math, social emotional learning and language development
When is it given:  Trimesterly reporting from observations gathered throughout the year.
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