District Assessments Framework

Standardized Assessments are used to evaluate students and schools, to help improve teaching and learning, and to generate important data from which policy decisions can be made. However, they are only one of the tools needed to measure student progress.

For Sycamore Community School District 427, standardized assessments fall into two major categories: State Assessment and Local Assessments. Even though local assessments may be used to measure student growth against their peers, many are also nationally normed and can provide a broader comparison.  Please see the Assessment links for more detailed information about each assessment as well as our assessment framework and calendar.

Grade LevelFall BenchmarkWinter BenchmarkSpring Benchmark
KindergartenISELISEL
DRA/Next Steps in Guided Reading
MPG
ACCESS*
ISEL
DRA/Next Steps in Guided Reading
MPG
1st GradeDRA/Next Steps in Guided Reading
MPG
AIMSweb
DRA/Next Steps in Guided Reading ‡
MPG
ACCESS*
AIMSweb
DRA/Next Steps in Guided Reading
MPG
2nd GradeMAP
AIMSweb
DRA/Next Steps in Guided Reading
MAP
AIMSweb
DRA/Next Steps in Guided Reading ‡
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
3rd GradeMAP
AIMSweb
MAP
AIMSweb
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
PARCC
DLM ^
FitnessGram
4th GradeMAP
AIMSweb
MAP
AIMSweb
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
PARCC
DLM ^
FitnessGram
5th GradeMAP
AIMSweb
MAP
AIMSweb
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
PARCC
DLM ^
Illinois Science Assessment
FitnessGram
6th GradeMAPMAP
ACCESS*
FitnessGram
MAP
PARCC
DLM ^
FitnessGram
7th GradeMAPMAP
ACCESS*
FitnessGram
MAP
PARCC
DLM ^
FitnessGram
8th GradeMAPMAP
FitnessGram
MAP
PARCC
DLM ^
Illinois Science Assessment
FitnessGram
9th GradeMAPMAP
ACCESS*
FitnessGram
MAP
FitnessGram
10th GradeACCESS*
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
FitnessGram
Illinois Science Assessment
11th GradeACCESS*
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
DLM ^
FitnessGram
SAT
12th GradeACCESS*
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
FitnessGram

Key

* ELL Students Only
‡ Only Students Scoring Below Grade Level on Fall Benchmark
⌃ Select Special Education Students Only