Assessment is an integral part of the educational process. It allows teachers to determine what and how students are learning. It provides information used to make decisions about teaching individual students, as well as broad determinations on the effectiveness of the instructional program in a school and the overall school system.
For Students and Parents…
Assessments help gauge individual progress to help build on strengths and address weaknesses.
Assessments provide information for instructional grouping, identification of instructional needs, determination of mastery, and evaluation of the effectiveness of units/strategies.
Assessments provide information about program effectiveness, areas of curricular strength and weakness, resource and staff development needs, and targets for improvement.
Assessments help answer two questions: How am I (are we) doing? How can I (we) do better?
EXPLORE serves not only as a baseline to monitor academic progress, it also give educators a structure for high school planning and career exploration for students. Through EXPLORE, students' strengths and weaknesses can be identified early in their high school experience, when they have the greatest opportunity to establish a four-year program of studies that will help them achieve their career and educational goals.
Areas Tested: English, mathematics, reading, science
MAP (Measure of Academic Progress)
MAP tests provide highly accurate results that provide educators the information they need when it is needed most. Assessment information can be used to:
- Identify the skills and concepts individual students have learned
- Diagnose instructional needs
- Monitor academic growth over time
- Make data-driven decisions at the classroom, school, and district level
- Place new students into appropriate instructional programs
Grades: Students in Grades 6-7-8 are assessed.
**Schools participating in the MAP assessment can give the assessment several times per year.**
Areas Tested: Reading, Math, Language
An assessment of cognitive abilities that includes verbal reasoning, sequences, analogies, and quantitative reasoning. This test results to reliably measure skills and abilities important for academic success, help plan effective programs for your students and screen students for placement into special programs. InView measures the skills and abilities most directly related to academic success.
Grades: 3rd and 5th
ISAT –Illinois Standards Achievement Test
The Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) measures individual student achievement relative to the Illinois State Standards.
Grades: 3, 4,5,6,7 & 8
Areas Tested: Reading, Mathematics
Grades: 4, 7
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).
Area Tested:Reading, mathematics, science and social studies
IAA Illinois Alternative Assessment
The Illinois Alternative Assessment is a portfolio test that is given to measure the learning of students with significant disabilities. This test is given if participation in the regular testing program is not appropriate.
Grades: 3, 5, 8
Areas Tested: IAA in reading, writing and math
Areas Tested: Science and social studies
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 identification and placement of ELLs. The W-APT is one component of WIDA's comprehensive assessment system.
AIMSweb – Achievement Improvement Monitoring System
AIMSweb Pro Reading consists of Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) testing materials and web-based software to provide schools with a 3 Tier Progress Monitoring and Response to Intervention System.
AIMSweb Pro Reading includes the following assessments: Reading-CBM (Oral Reading Fluency) Spanish Reading-CBM (Spanish Oral Reading Fluency) Maze-CBM (Reading Comprehension) TEL-CBM (Test of Early Literacy) MIDE-CBM (Spanish Early Literacy)
AIMSweb Pro Math consists of Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM) testing materials and web-based software to provide schools with a 3 Tier Progress Monitoring and Response to Intervention System.
AIMSweb Pro Math includes the following assessments: TEN-CBM (Test of Early Numeracy),Mathematics Concepts and Applications (M-CAP), Math Computation (M-COMP)