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Assessments and Data Collections

District Assessments & Other Data Collections

Every school’s goal is for all children to grow and learn. Just as we use a tape measure to mark a person’s physical growth, in schools we use a variety of assessments to measure learning. Results are used to plan instruction, measure academic growth and achievement relative to standards and peers, and to monitor progress within the school year.  Following is the list of assessments or other data collections planned for the district. The assessment calendar provides dates.


Assessment/Data Collection Participants & Grade Level(s)


ACCESS is a state-required English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners’ speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills.

English language learners in Grades K-12

DRDP (Desired Results Developmental Profile)

DRDP is an observational instrument designed to collect developmentally appropriate information about preschool students' skills in a variety of domains.

All students in PK

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP tests allow students to obtain advanced placement in college classes and/or college credit.

Students enrolled in AP courses in high school

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

CogAT is a district-administered ability measure used for advanced program placement.  Información en español.

All students in Grades 2 and 5***

Dynamic Learning Maps-Alternate Assessment (DLM-AA)

DLM is a state-required assessment of students with significant cognitive disabilities in English language arts, mathematics, and science used for school performance ratings.

Identified special education students

Fountas and Pinnell

Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System is a district-administered, one-on-one assessment that assists the teacher in determining students’ reading levels for instructional purposes.

All students in Grades K-5****

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

ISA is a state-required assessment of science used for school performance ratings.

All students in Grades 5, 8 and enrolled in Biology courses

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)

KIDS is a state-required measure of kindergarten students’ development across four domains — approaches to learning and self-regulation, social and emotional development, language and literacy development, and math.

All students in Kindergarten

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

MAP is a district-administered assessment of reading and mathematics used to measure growth relative to national and local grade level peers.


More information about MAP:

Annotated MAP Student Progress Report

My At-Home Goals for Learning

Parent Toolkit

All students in Grades 2-8 in fall and winter; Grade 2 students only in spring

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

PARCC is the state-required assessment of English language arts and mathematics used for school performance ratings.

All students in Grades 3-8

PSAT 8/9

PSAT 8/9 is a district-administered assessment used to measure individual, school, and district growth in reading, writing and language, and mathematics and to assist in course placement.

All students in Grades 8 and 9


PSAT/NMSQT is a district-administered assessment used to measure individual, school, and district growth in reading, writing and language, and mathematics and determines eligibility for National Merit Scholarships for 11th graders.

All students in Grade 11


SAT is the state-required measure of college readiness (reading, writing and language, and mathematics) for high school students.

All students in Grade 11 (optional re-take for Grade 12 in fall)

Illinois 5Essentials Survey

The Illinois 5Essentials survey is a state-required measure of school culture and climate which gathers information from students, parents, and school staff.

All students in Grades 4-12, parents, and school staff

***Additional CogAT testing is conducted in August for students new to the district in Grades 3-8 and in April for program placement appeals.

**** For fall, kindergarten students who are reading and all students in Grades 1-5 participate.

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