Assessment

District 181 administers several district level assessments each year. We use these assessments to monitor student progress, inform instructional decisions, determine placement into advanced courses, evaluate program effectiveness, and identify and measure school improvement goals. The following is a current listing of District level assessments. For more detailed information, please refer to the Assessment Framework document listed under “Assessment Communications” at the bottom, right side of this page.

State-mandated Assessments

  • Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)
    (Students with significant cognitive disabilities in Grades 3-8) The results from the DLM describe student performance on alternative achievement standards.
  • Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)
    (Grades 5 and 8) The ISA measures progress in meeting the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
    (Grades 3-8) The PARCC is an achievement test that measures knowledge and skills aligned to the English language arts and mathematics Illinois State Learning Standards.
  • Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State (ACCESS) (English Language Learners in Grades K-8) The ACCESS test measures developmental progress in English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Additional District Assessments

  • AIMSweb
    (Grades K-3 and other students as needed). This array of assessments measure the development of reading and math skills over time.
  • Common Writing Assessment
    (Grade 5) The Common Writing Assessment is a writing sample scored by teachers using a common, standards-based rubric.
  • Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (IAAT)
    (Grade 5) The IAAT is used to measure readiness for algebraic thinking.
  • Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)
    (Grades 2-8) This assessment measures academic growth in reading and mathematics.

School Climate Data

  • Comprehensive School Climate Inventory (CSCI)
    (Grades 4-8, parents, and school staff) This inventory gathers data on factors that affect school climate, such as safety, teaching and learning, interpersonal relationships, social media, and institutional environment.
  • Illinois Youth Survey
    (Grades 6 and 8 biennially) This survey collects anonymous data on health and social factors, such as bullying and nutrition.
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