Assessment of Student Progress

What is the purpose of assessment?

  • Information gathered through assessment helps teachers measure how students are learning and growing 
  • One assessment does not provide a complete picture of student learning and growth so a variety of assessments are needed throughout the year 
  • Screening assessments provide a snapshot of student performance 
  • Diagnostic assessments provide a more complete picture of student performance 
  • Assessments are used to guide instructional, curricular, and placement decisions 
  • Some assessments are required by our local township, the Illinois State Board of Education, and federal mandates 
  • In addition to the assessments included in this brochure, teachers and teams use classroom assessments throughout units of study

What are some of the assessments students complete?

Academic Improvement Measurement Systems “AIMSweb” 

  • Screening assessment used for a quick check of progress 
  • Typically administered three times a year 
  • Content areas screened may include social emotional, literacy and math 

Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State “ACCESS” 

  • Diagnostic assessment used for a more in-depth measure of English Language (EL) skills 
  • Administered one time a year 
  • Content areas tested include social and academic language 

Cognitive Abilities Test “CogAT” 

  • Diagnostic assessment used for a more in-depth measure of student ability 
  • Administered one time a year 
  • Content areas tested include verbal, non-verbal, and quantitative 

Illinois Fitness Assessment "IFA"

  • Screening assessment used for a quick check of progress 
  • Typically administered two or three times a year 
  • Content area tested is physical education

Illinois Snapshots of Early Literacy “ISEL” 

  • Screening assessment used for a quick check of progress 
  • Typically administered three times a year 
  • Content area tested is literacy 

Illinois Science Assessment "ISA"

  • Diagnostic assessment used for a more in-depth measure of student achievement
  • Administered once a year 
  • Content area tested is science

Fountas and Pinnell Assessment System “F&P”

  • Diagnostic assessment used for a more in-depth measure of student achievement 
  • Typically administered three times a year 
  • Content area tested is literacy

Gordon Preschool Assessment “G-PAT”

  • Screening assessment used for a quick check of progress and Kindergarten readiness
  • Typically administered three times a year 
  • Content areas tested are literacy and numeracy

Measures of Academic Progress  “MAP”

  • Diagnostic assessment used for a more in-depth measure of student achievement 
  • Administered three times a year 
  • Content areas tested include literacy and math 

My Individual Growth and Development Indicators “myIGDIs”

  • Screening assessment used for a quick check of progress 
  • Typically administered three times a year 
  • Content areas screened include literacy and math

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career  “PARCC”

  • Diagnostic assessment used for a more in-depth measure of student achievement 
  • Administered once a year 
  • Content areas tested include literacy and math

Which grade levels take these tests?

Grade Level(s) Assessments Administered
Preschool G-PAT, myIGDIs
Kindergarten-1st grade ACCESS (EL only), AIMSweb, F&P, ISEL
2nd grade ACCESS (EL only), AIMSweb, F&P, MAP
3rd grade ACCESS (EL only), AIMSweb, CogAT, IFA, MAP, PARCC
4th grade ACCESS (EL only), AIMSweb, IFA, MAP, PARCC
5th grade ACCESS (EL only), AIMSweb, CogAT, IFA, ISA, MAP, PARCC
6th-7th ACCESS (EL only), AIMSweb, IFA, MAP, PARCC
8th grade ACCESS (EL only), AIMSweb, IFA, ISA, MAP

Where can I learn more about these assessments?

Please enjoy “Understanding Assessment Results for Parents," a video featuring members our district, Data Analysis Coordinator, and Multi-tiered System of Support Coordinator explaining how to read the assessment reports that are mailed home.


What is a Multi-Tiered System of Support?

Student success increases when parents and caregivers partner with schools to support student’s learning. Multi-Tiered System of Support, or MTSS, is designed to meet student academic and behavioral needs through a process that includes the use of assessment information. Learn more about MTSS by visiting the district’s Families and MTSS website.