District 65 Assessments
Evanston/Skokie School District 65 believes that students benefit from robust and focused assessment practices that provide teachers, parents, and students with information needed to design instruction, measure progress, and provide feedback. Assessment is a critical foundation for teaching and learning.
to view descriptions of assessments administered in District 65.
Students in District 65 participate in several types of assessment designed to aid their learning. These include the following:
- Formative Assessments - Formative assessment is a process for tracking student progress from day to day and week to week. This process makes use of many formal and informal tools for collecting information about student progress so that teaching and learning activities can be modified to best meet the needs of students. These tools include quizzes, homework assignments, and interactions and conferences between students and teachers.
- Diagnostic Assessments - Diagnostic assessments provide teachers information needed to diagnose students’ strengths and areas of need. These diagnoses allow teachers to develop a plan for differentiating instruction and identifying students to receive additional supports. The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA), which measures students’ reading comprehension skills, is an example of a diagnostic assessment.
- Benchmark Assessments - Benchmark assessments measure student progress toward learning goals (or benchmarks). Benchmark assessments are typically administered several times each year to ensure ongoing feedback for students. In grades 3-8, for example, the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) measures students’ performance and growth in reading and math.
- Summative Assessments - Summative assessments provide students, teachers, and families with a year-end snapshot of student performance. Data from summative assessments are also used to publicly report on the performance of schools and the District. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment is an example of a summative assessment.
Please keep in mind that our common district assessments are one of many tools used to track student progress. Teachers and students also give and receive feedback through homework, quizzes, tests, and classroom conferencing. Grades given each trimester also provide important feedback to students and parents.
For questions regarding student assessment, your child’s classroom teacher is often the best place to start. Questions about the District’s common assessments can also be directed to the Office of Research, Accountability, and Data at (847) 859-8060 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Assessment Calendar by Grade Level
To help families better understand the assessments administered to students across the District, District 65 has developed an assessment calendar. The calendar is organized by grade level. The calendar does not contain all of the formative, diagnostic, benchmark, and summative assessments used in District 65. Instead, it contains those assessments that are common across the entire district.