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NCLB and State Assessment Tests

No Child Left Behind was signed into law January 8, 2002. The overall pupose of the law is to ensure that each child is able to meet the high learning standards of the state where he or she lives.

For more information regarding Illinois State Board of Education and NCLB Highlights visit ISBE

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Assessment and Data Analysis

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.

For Teachers…
Assessments provide information for instructional grouping, identification of instructional needs, determination of mastery, and evaluation of the effectiveness of units/strategies.

For Administrators…
Assessments provide information about program effectiveness, areas of curricular strength and weakness, resource and staff development needs, and targets for improvement.

For All…
Assessments help answer two questions: How am I (are we) doing? How can I (we) do better?  

AIMSweb - Achievement Improvement Monitoring System

Who:  Students in grades K-2

What is tested:  Early reading skills and math

When is it given:  Fall, Winter, Spring

District 33 uses these assessments as "screeners" in the fall and to monitor progress in winter and spring. 

AIMSweb  measures used by the District includes the following assessments:

  • Reading-CBM (Oral Reading Fluency)
  • Spanish Reading-CBM (Spanish Oral Reading Fluency)
  • TEL-CBM (Test of Early Literacy)
  • MIDE-CBM (Spanish Early Literacy) 
  • TEN-CBM (Test of Early Numeracy)
  • Math Computation (M-COMP)


MAP ( Measures of Academic Progress)

Who:  Students in grades 3 - 8

What is tested:  Mathematics and Reading

When is it given:  Fall, Winter, Spring

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


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
Areas Tested:Science

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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

Grades:4, 7

Areas Tested: Science and social studies

For more information, please visit the IAA webpage at  http://www.isbe.state.il.us/assessment/iaa.htm

PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)

Who: All students in grades 3 - 8

What is assessed:  Mathematics and Language Arts

When is it given:  

  • Field testing statewide Spring 2014 
  • Replaces ISAT in 2014-15 school year

Assessments are aligned to Illinois Common Core Learning Standards and will provide information on the full range of knowledge and skills needed to be career and college ready or on track for that goal. They will measure the skills and of students working significantly beyond or behind their grade level. These improvements from current tests will help teachers guide instruction and give more information to students and their parents. 

More information available on the ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education) website:  www.isbe.net/assessment/parcc.htm


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

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).


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.  For more information, please visit the WIDA website at http://www.wida.us/assessment/W-APT/

NNAT2 (Naglieri Non-Verbal Ablility Test)

Who: Students in grades 3 and 5

What is tested: General ability

When is it given: Fall

The NNAT2 provides a nonverbal, culturally neutral assessment of general ability that research has shown to be appropriate for use with a diverse student population. With the use of progressive matrices, this test is used for identifying gifted and talented students.


 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.

Grades:  8
Areas Tested: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science 

For more information, please visit the EXPLORE webpage at http://www.act.org/products/k-12-act-explore/‚Äč 


How can I help prepare my child for these assessments?


  • Read with your child.
  • Ask questions that will help your child activate his/her thinking skills to improve comprehension.
  • Discuss your child’s work in mathematics.
  • Use homework as an opportunity to ...more

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