Assessment is an integral part of instruction, providing information about how well students are progressing. District 60 uses a variety of assessments for the purpose of establishing local benchmarks, state reporting, monitoring student growth, and evaluating program effectiveness. Assessments currently used/required include Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), AIMSweb R-CBM, AIMSweb Early Numeracy, AIMSweb Math Concepts and Applications, PARCC, ACCESS for ELLs, W-APT, Model, and the SSBD Screener.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests are aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards, determine instructional level and measure academic growth throughout the school year. MAP assessments are unique in that it adapts to the student's ability, accuratly measuring what a child knows and needs to learn. In addition, MAP tests measure academic grwoth over time, independent of grade level or age.
Students in kindergarten thru second grade take MAP for Primary, which assess early literacy and numeracy skills. Students in third thru eighth grade take MAP for reading, language usage and mathematics.
ACCESS FOR English Learners
ACCESS for ELLs is a standards-based criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English languge learner's social and academic proficiency in English. It assessess social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science and social students within the school context across the four language domains. ACCESS for ELLs is a requirement of the State Board of Education for all students identified as English Languge Proficient, even if parents refuse services.
AIMSweb is a benchmark and progress monitoring system based on direct, frequent and continuous student assessment. All students in third thru eighth grade take the benchmark assessment three times per year for universal screening, which allows for early identification of students in need of intervention. AIMSweb is used to progress monitor students receiving intervention and/or support services. Progress monitoring schedules are determined based on the individual needs of the student.
Reading Curriculum-Based Measure (R-CMB) administered to all students in grades K-5 and to all 6-8th grade students below the 50th percentile on NWEA MAP.
The Test of Early Numeracy is administered to all students in grades K-2. Math Concepts and Applications is administered to all students in grades 3-5 and to all 6-8th grade students who fall below the 50th percentile on the NWEA MAP.
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. PARCC assesses the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered to students in English Language Arts and mathematics.
PARCC assessments in English Language Arts and mathematics will be administered to all students in grades 3-8, according to their current grade level and at high school according to course enrollment.
Parent Assessment Resources: National Parent Teacher Association (PTA) http://www.pta.org/Assessments