District Assessments


  • The ACCESS 2.0 assessment for English Language Learners (ELLs) is a secure, large-scale English language proficiency assessment for students who have been identified as English Language Learners, and is administered annually to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English.
  • Grade Level(s) Administered: Kindergarten – 12th Grade
  • Objectives
    • Helps students and families understand students’ current level of English language proficiency along the developmental continuum.
    • Serves as one of multiple measures used to determine whether students are prepared to exit English language support programs.
    • Generates information that assists in determining whether ELLs have attained the language proficiency needed to participate meaningfully in content area classrooms without program support.
    • Provides teachers with information they can subsequently use to enhance instruction and learning in programs for their English language learners.
    • Provides districts with information that will help them evaluate the effectiveness of their ESL/bilingual programs.


  • Universal screening tool to measure and monitor progress of general reading ability, fluency, pronunciation, and words read per minute; reading prompts stay consistent throughout year but change from 7th to 8th grade level.
  • Grade Level(s) Administered: Kindergarten – 9th Grade
  •  Objective
    • Efficiently screen, set goals, progress monitor and manage students’ learning.
    • Benchmark assessments are completed in the Fall, Winter, and Spring.
    • AIMSweb can be used for progress monitoring based on student need.

Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2)

  • With demonstrated reliability and validity, the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA2) measures reading accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. This assessment is administered to students in the fall.
  • Grade Level(s) Administered: Kindergarten – 2nd Grade
  • Objectives
    • Identify students’ reading achievement through systematic observation, recording, and evaluation of performance.
    • Analyze data, document progress, and communicate assessment information to administrators, parents, and students.
    • Drive effective reading instruction tailored to critical intervention points derived from assessment results.

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) 

  • State mandated assessment that measures students’ proficiency with the Illinois learning standards for Science.
  • Grade Level(s) Administered: 5th Grade, 8th Grade, and all students enrolled in high school Biology 1

Illinois Snapshots of Early Literacy (ISEL)

  •  The Illinois Snapshots of Early Literacy are sets of standardized, individually-administered measures of early literacy development for Grades K, 1, and 2.
  • Grade Level(s) Administered: Kindergarten
  • Objective
    •  To measure performance and regularly monitor the development of early literacy skills.

Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)

  • MAP is a universal screen tool designed to assess students’ strengths and weaknesses in reading, language, and mathematics.
  • Grade Level(s) Administered: Kindergarten – 9th Grade
  • Objectives
    • MAP tests present students with engaging, age-appropriate content. As a student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty.
    • AP assesses current academic skills/readiness to learn, identifies students in need of further intervention or assessment, and informs instructional practices/materials.
    • This assessment is used as a benchmark and is taken in fall, winter, and spring.


The State of Illinois is among a group of states participating in the Partnership for Assessment Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  PARCC is an online assessment that tests students in 3rd through 8th grade in the areas of English Language Arts (ELA) and Math.  To learn more about the PARCC assessment, please visit the PARCC website.


  • State mandated assessment that measures students’ college readiness.  The SAT replaces the ACT beginning with the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Grade Level(s) Administered: 11th Grade