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Assessments

Assessments

Assessment is used to measure student progress toward mastery of state standards.  The use of multiple measures, both formative and summative, provides our teachers and our parents with information to guide instruction and to show growth.  The state of Illinois directs districts to give standardized assessments to students, such as PARCC, ACCESS, Illinois Science Assessment and Fitness Testing.  The district uses a nationally normed benchmark platform, Fast Bridge, to add information for both English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Additionally, the classrooms use the common unit assessments that are tied to our curricular resources.   Triangulation of the data sources gives a view of student learning and areas for improvement.


School Districts are required to make available list of assessments administered to students.  The following is a list of assessments administered to students throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment

Entity

Window

Grade Levels

Duration

Purpose other than guiding instruction

PARCC

ISBE

March 6-April 28

All students 3-8 grade

10-12 hours

District Performance rating

FastBridge

Hillside School District

September 19 & 21

January 23 & 25

May 8 & 10

All students K-8 grade

30-90 minutes

3 times/year

Student Growth Type 1

ACCESS

ISBE

January 9-February 10

All EL students

K-8

170 minutes

EL Service Eligibility

WIDA Screener

ISBE

Within 30 days after enrollment

All EL students

30 minutes

EL Service Eligibility

ISA

ISBE

March 1-April 27

All students 5 & 8 grade

55 minutes

District Performance rating

PSAT

High School District

Mar. 1-Apr. 27

8th Grade

3 hours

High School Course

placement

Fitness Gram

ISBE

2 times/year

(Fall & Spring)

All students 2-8

(State reporting 5th & 7th grades)

20-30 minutes per assessment

Combination of purposes

 

PARCC Information

PARCC Expectations Letter
PARCC Parent FAQ
Preguntas Frecuentes de los Padres
Parent Guide to the Math PARCC Score Report
Guía de Padres para el Informe de Resultados PARCC
Parent Guide to the ELA PARCC Score Report
Guía de Padres para el Informe de Resultados PARCC