Assessments

  • NWEA-MAP Assessment

     
    Given to all kindergarten through eighth-grade students, MAP assessments are untimed achievement tests taken on computers that measure a student's skills in math and reading.  All students take the assessment in the fall, winter, and spring.  MAP tests are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. 
     
     
    MAP tests measure a student's individual progress or growth in school each year. The tests are tailored to each student's achievement level. The testing software acts to instantly analyze the student's response to each test item. It then determines the appropriate difficulty level to present throughout the remainder of the test so that students take a test that is just right for them — not too hard or too easy— for a more accurate picture of their instructional level.
     
    Student scores are linked to a learning continuum, a tool that informs teachers of skills that each student is ready to learn. This teacher resource is used in planning instruction for large groups, small groups, and individual students.
     
     

    What do MAP tests cover?

     
    Each MAP test is made up of goals aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Goals for math include operations and algebraic thinking, number and operations, geometry, and measurement and data at the K-5 level.  At the 6-8 level, goals include operations and algebraic thinking, the real and complex number systems, geometry, and statistics and probability. Goals for reading include literature, informational text, and vocabulary acquisition and use.
     

    Do all students take the same test?

     
    No.  MAP assessments are designed to target a student’s academic performance in reading and math.  Tests are tailored to each child’s current achievement level.  The computer adjusts the difficulty of the questions so that each student takes a unique test.
     

    Some Terms used in testing:

    Measures of Academic Progress (MAP): computer-administered tests that result in a RIT Scale score.
     
     
     RIT Scale score: a measure of individual achievement. It shows a student's current achievement level along the learning continuum. The RIT Scale was developed by Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA). The score is unrelated to the age or grade of the student but reflects the level at which the student is currently performing.
     
     
    Percentile scores: are used to compare a student to a larger group of students in the same grade. Percentile means a student scores as well as or better than that percent of students taking the test in his or her grade at the same point in the school year. NWEA-MAP tests are normed frequently using a sample consisting of several million children throughout the United States.
     
     
    Norm-referenced tests: compare student performance to that of other students nationwide.   Norm-referenced tests show where students stand in relation to their peers, not to a defined standard of achievement.
  • Illinois Snapshot of Early Literacy (ISEL) Spring and Fall Assessments

     
    Kindergarten students take the Illinois Snapshot of Early Literacy (ISEL) test in both fall and spring. The test is used to help identify students who may be in need of extra reading support. The test gives teachers feedback on areas such as alphabet recognition, listening comprehension, phonemic awareness, and concepts of word and print. The ISEL test is aligned with the goals of the Illinois Reading Initiative and reflects National Standards for Reading and the Illinois Learning Standards.
     

    PARCC - The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers

    PARCC is a consortium of 18 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands working together to develop a common set of K-12 assessments in English and math anchored in what it takes to be ready for college and careers.
    These new K-12 assessments will build a pathway to college and career readiness by the end of high school, mark students' progress toward this goal from 3rd grade up, and provide teachers with timely information to inform instruction and provide student support. The PARCC assessments will be ready for states to administer during the 2014-15 school year.

    Useful links for parents:
    Illinois Assessments from ISBE