Student Assessments

Assessment Calendar

Each year, D97 publishes an external-facing calendar of district-wide common assessments. The Balanced Assessment System Memo and 2018-2019 Common Assessment Schedule are available online now.

Common Assessment Descriptions

Assessment Reporting for Public Act 099-0590

Illinois Assessment for Readiness (Previously PARCC) – The Illinois State Board of Education is in the process of creating a state assessment to replace PARCC for spring 2019 testing. Per ISBE, this new assessment will maintain comparability across years so the measures remain constant. To learn more, please read the letter from the Illinois State Superintendent of Education at This page will be updated as more information become available.

MAP – The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP), developed by NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association.), is a computerized adaptive test, given to students in grades 2-8, that measures a child's academic growth from year to year in the areas of mathematics, reading, and language usage. In the MAP system, the difficulty of the test is adjusted to the student's performance. The difficulty of each question is based on how well the student has answered all of the questions up to that point. As the student answers correctly, the questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier.

Illinois State Science Assessment – The Illinois Science Assessment is designed to measure student learning on the new Illinois Science Standards incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that were adopted in 2014. For grades 5 and 8, test items are aligned to physical science, life science, earth/space science and engineering.

Dynamic Learning Maps – The Dynamic Learning Maps® (DLM®) is an alternate assessment that offers an innovative way for all students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-8 to demonstrate their learning throughout the school year via the DLM Alternate Assessment System.

Assessing Comprehension & Communication in English State to State (ACCESS) – is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners’ social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses social and instructional English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains.

Kindergarten Readiness Test – The Kindergarten Readiness Test (KRT) is administered to incoming kindergarten students to assist in determining a student’s readiness in beginning Kindergarten. The readiness skills assessed are vocabulary, letter identification, visual discrimination, phonemic awareness, comprehension & interpretation and mathematical knowledge.

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey – The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) is an observational tool designed to help teachers, administrators, families and policymakers better understand the developmental readiness of children entering kindergarten.  KIDS is core to the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) goal that every child in Illinois deserves to attend a school wherein all kindergarteners are assessed for readiness.  Starting in Fall 2017, ISBE will require all kindergarten teachers in Illinois to observe students on 14 Required Measures of Readiness in the first forty days of kindergarten.KIDS focuses on the knowledge, skills, and behaviors across four key domains that most impact long-term student success. The domains are: Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation; Social and Emotional Development; Language and Literacy Development; and Cognition: Math.