• Assessment Descriptions
     
    District 65 has high expectations for student achievement and uses a variety of assessments to measure student progress, growth, and levels of achievement to inform differentiated classroom instructional practices and meet state and federal accountability requirements. Parents can access their child’s assessment scores through the SISK12 Parent Portal.
     
    ACCESS
    The ACCESS measures English language proficiency, including listening comprehension, speaking, reading and writing skills for English Learners (ELs) in grades K-8. All students who have limited English proficiency are tested until they reach a score prescribed by the state as having achieved English language proficiency.  An Alternate ACCESS for ELs is available for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities who cannot meaningfully participate in the standard ACCESS assessment, even with accommodations.
     
    DYNAMIC LEARNING MAPS (DLM-aa)
    The DLM alternative assessment lets students for whom the Illinois Assessment of Readiness is not appropriate, even with accommodations, show what they know in ways that traditional multiple-choice tests cannot. Students whose individualized education plans specify that DLM should be used in place of the Illinois Assessment of Readiness are tested in the spring. Students in grades three through eleven are tested in English Language Arts and Math. In addition, students in fifth, eighth, and eleventh grade are tested in Science. Results will be shared with families once they become available.
     
    ILLINOIS ASSESSMENT OF READINESS FOR GRADES 3-8
    The State of Illinois uses the Illinois Assessment of Readiness for state accountability purposes and to provide teachers and parents with information about students’ progress toward attaining skills and knowledge specified in the Common Core State Standards. This computer-based assessment measures students’ acquisition of knowledge and development of skills in the areas of English language arts/literacy and mathematics. Students in grades three through eight are tested in the spring. Results will be shared with families once they become available.
     
    Illinois Science Assessment
    The State of Illinois uses the ISA for state accountability purposes and to provide teachers and parents with information about students’ progress toward attaining skills and knowledge specified in the Next Generation Science Standards. This computer-based assessment measures students’ acquisition of knowledge and development of skills in science. Students in grades five and eight are tested in the spring. Results will be shared with families once they become available. Click here for additional information about the Illinois Science Assessment. 
     
    MEASURE OF ACADEMIC PROGRESS (MAP)
    MAP is administered in grades two through eight during the fall, winter, and spring and is used to help inform differentiated classroom instruction practices and to measure student academic growth. MAP results are available to classroom teachers online. Printed copies of individual student results are made available to parents.
     
    Physical Fitness Assessment
    Students in grades 3-8 (4-8 for aerobic capacity) will be tested in fall and spring to determine their level of physical fitness in the following areas: aerobic capacity, flexibility, muscular endurance and muscular strength. Fitness testing can help students identify their fitness levels and set goals for improvement.

    State law also requires the district to report spring data, in aggregate only, to the State Board of Education for each of the four tests outlined above.  No individual student data are reported to the State. Instead, the district reports the following for grades 5 and 7: the number of students tested by grade and gender identity, the number of students that achieved a healthy fitness zone by grade and gender identity, and the number of students that were identified as needing improvement by grade and gender identity. When available, the district will share the data with families in order to encourage an awareness of physical fitness goals.
     
    US and Illinois Constitution Test
    Illinois School Code requires instruction in history and social studies courses which analyze the principles of representative government, the Constitution of both the United States and the State of Illinois, and the proper use of the flag.  The teaching of history includes study of the roles and contributions of members of ethnic groups and genders in the history of this country and state. No student is certified for graduation without passing an examination upon such subjects. Students are tested in the fall of seventh grade at the conclusion of the constitution unit.