District Standardized Tests
Below is some general information about the standardized tests we administer to District 30 students.
Prior to the 2018-19 school year, students in Illinois took PARCC assessment. The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). The state is administering a new standarized test for the 2018-19 school year - Illinois Assessments of Readiniess for grades 3-8 (dates and details to follow). Assessments are a group of state-mandated tests that assess students’ knowledge of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Students in grade 3-8 take these assessments annually. Prior to PARCC, students took the ISAT (Illinois Standards Achievement Test).
The state of Illinois has yet to determine the 2018-2019 state assessments and timeframe. More information will be forthcoming as the state finalizes the assessment type and testing window.
2018 PARCC Results
There are five performance levels for the PARCC assessment. Descriptions are included with your child’s score report.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has released student reports for the 2018 PARCC tests. District reporting will be available in October 2018 and will be mailed home at the end of September. 2018 was the 4th year during which PARCC was given across the state of Illinois, and there were slight differences from the 2017 result. Please remember that PARCC is one assessment measure. This data and other standardized test data within the District continue to indicate that our students perform at high, competitive levels and are without doubt prepared for high school.
The CogAT is a measure of a student’s potential to succeed in school-related tasks. It is NOT a tool for measuring a student’s intelligence or IQ. Rather, it measures the reasoning skills that have developed during a student’s educational career, even though they have not been explicitly taught. These general cognitive skills are not specific to any content area, but are skills that are used in all areas of a student’s academic experiences. The CogAT also measures general “school skills,” such as the abiity to listen, follow direction, and focus attention. The CogAt scores are measured as:
- Verbal (verbal classification, sentence completion, and verbal analogies)
- Quantitative (quantitative relations, number series, and equation building)
- Nonverbal (figure classification, figure analogies, and figure analysis)
The standardization of the CogAt was designed to provide national norms based on a sample of the entire U.S. school population. This “norm group” includes represenative samples from 6,000 to 9,000 studnets drawn from public and private schools; from all geographic regions; from rural, suburban, and urban schools; and from schools of all sizes.
Students in grades 3 and 5 take the CogAT test.
The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a nationally normed, criterion referenced, multiple-choice, electronically administered and scored achievement test designed to measure growth in student learning. The MAP achievement test assesses students’ reading, language usage, and mathematics knowledge and skills.
The data generated from the fall administration of the MAP provides baseline data for teachers to use to determine students’ readiness for content and concepts in the District 30 language arts and mathematics curricula. The data gathered from the spring assessment provides teachers and parents with student growth and achievement information.
First grade students take the Primary Math test; second grade students take the Math and Reading tests; third through eighth grade students take the Math, Reading, and Language tests.
AIMSweb Curriculum Based Measures for literacy fluency and comprehension. These tests assist teachers and/or support staff in identifying struggling students and monitoring progress. Students are given the tests three times a year in order to benchmark every student for problem identification.
ACCESS is the English language proficiency test administrated to ELL students (K-8). Students are assessed in speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. ACCESS administration is mandated by the state.
PSAT (for all 8th grade students)
This year the PSAT test will be given to all 8th grade students. The test will be administered at Glenbrook South High School on Saturday, October 27, 2018, and at Glenbrook North High School on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Students will be tested in their "home" schools.