All students identified as Limited English Proficiency (LEP) will take the annual ACCESS test. ACCESS is a standards-based, criterion reference English language proficiency test designed to measure English learners' social and academic proficiency in English. It assesses 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 school context across the four language domains. Determination of the Tier (A, B or C) will be made by the EL instructors. ACCESS results will determine continuation in the program or transition from the program in the subsequent school year.
The ACCESS testing window for the 2016-2017 school year is January 9 - February 10, 2017.
Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)
The Illinois Science Assessment was administered to students in grades five and eight for the first time during the 2015-2016 school year. The ISA is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards which are based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The ISA window for the 2016-2017 school year is March 1 through April 28, 2017.
Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
The Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) is a computer-based assessment that adapts to a child in real time as the test progresses. This means, while testing, if a child misses several questions in a row the test will drop down the questions level of difficulty. Conversely, if a child gets several questions in a row correct, the test becomes more challenging, raising the level of difficulty of the questions. At the end of the test, the child receives an over-all score called the RIT that indicates his/her appropriate instruction level. The RIT score is grade independent meaning that the test items match the child's performance, not the grade level. The RIT scale is an equal interval scale that gives us, the educators, a clear picture for measuring progress. NWEA sets growth targets for each child based on the RIT score obtained with the fall testing.
The MAP testing windows for the 2016-2017 school year are: August 31 - September 21, 2016, January 11-31, 2017 and May 3-24, 2017.
Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
Students in grades 3 through 8 will take the ELA/Literacy and Math PARCC tests towards the end of the 2016-2017 school year. District 161 assessment dates have yet to be determined. The Illinois State Board of Education and PARCC have many resources for parents and schools regarding PARCC.