Illinois State Assessments
- English Language Arts/Literacy – Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
- Mathematics – for Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
In 2010, Illinois began implementing the new Illinois Learning Standards, based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The PARCC tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the English Language Arts and Mathematics CCSS. The new PARCC assessments measure deeper knowledge and skills identified as particularly important for students’ futures, including problem-solving, writing, and critical thinking. The tests will signal whether your child is making expected progress and is on track to succeed in college or careers, or needs extra support.
The PARCC assessments replace the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) for the school year 2014-2015. Students in grades 3-8 will be administered the PARCC Performance Based Assessment (PBA) in March 2015, after completion of approximately 75% of the school year, and the PARCC End of Year Assessment (EOY) in April/May 2015, after 90% of the school year. Students will take the paper format of the test. Student results will be returned more quickly and will help teachers and parents/guardians identify student strengths and weaknesses. Reports will also compare each student’s achievement to other students in the school, district, and state. Parent/guardian guides that describe the test in more detail and aid in interpretation of the results will be made available.
Beginning in 2014-15, the DLM-AA will replace the Illinois Alternate Assessment (IAA). The DLM-AA is an adaptive computer-based assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The assessment is aligned to the Common Core Essential Elements in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The testing window for the 2014-15 DLM-AA is from March 23-May 1, 2015.
ACCESS for English Language Learners – for Limited English Proficiency (LEP) students in the area of speaking, listening, reading and writing
School districts must annually assess the English language proficiency, including aural comprehension (listening), speaking, reading, and writing skills, of all children of limited English-speaking ability in kindergarten and any of grades 1 through 12 (Section 14C-3 of the School Code) using the English language proficiency assessment prescribed by the State Superintendent of Education. District 142 utilizes the ACCESS Test for ELLs, a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners’ social and academic proficiency in English. 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.
Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)
- Grades K – 8
Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) are state aligned computerized adaptive tests that accurately reflect the instructional level of each student and measure growth over time. MAP provide teachers with valuable student data regarding our local progress and achievement and assists teachers in identifying student strengths and areas of improvement in reading, language usage, mathematics and science.
AIMS Web Banchmark Assessment
AIMSweb is a benchmark and progress monitoring system based on direct, frequent and continuous student assessment. The results are reported to students, parents, teachers and administrators via a web-based data management and reporting system to determine response to intervention.
- Grades K -5
Reading CBM – Fall, Winter and Spring
- Grades 1 -5
Math Concepts and Applications – Fall, Winter and Spring
Math Computations – Fall, Winter and Spring