Assessment SystemDistrict 52 uses a variety of assessments for students in all grades. Teachers and Administrators analyze the data from different sources to guide their instruction and pinpoint strengths and weaknesses with students. Some assessments are a combination of the different types listed below. Some of the assessments teachers administer are used as formative tools to inform their instructional decisions and planning. Other assessments are used in summative ways such as a culmination of a unit, where content is usually not revisited in future lessons.

Screening and Benchmark Assessments:

These tests are given to all students to determine grade level and classroom needs to guide instruction.

  • Examples include STAR, ISEL, PASI, ESGI, and F&P

PASI (Phonological Awareness Screener for Intervention): PASI assesses specific phonological skills such as rhyming and syllables. Skilled readers benefit from proficiency in phonemic awareness. PASI is administered to all Kindergarteners one-on-one in Fall, Winter, and Spring.

ESGI (Educational Software for Guiding Instruction): ESGI is a formative assessment tool. Students in Kindergarten are tested in Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Names and Letter Sounds in Fall, Winter, and Spring.

ISEL (Illinois Snapshots of Early Literacy): ISEL assesses Alphabet Recognition, Letter Sounds, High Frequency Word Recognition, and Reading Fluency. Students in Grade 2 are tested in Oral Reading Fluency one-on-one in Fall, Winter, and Spring. Students in Grades 2-5 are progress monitored with ISEL through the RtI process once a month.

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell) Benchmark Reading Assessment: F&P assesses all areas of reading including an oral reading record that creates an accuracy rate. Students need to be able to read a certain percentage of words correctly in order to read a text at an instructional and independent level. F&P also asks students to talk about the book they read, answering questions when prompts are needed. The questions are within, about, and beyond the text to assess a true understanding of what was read. The accuracy rate and comprehension determine a student’s guided reading level. Students in Grades K-5 are tested one-on-one in Fall, Winter, and Spring.

STAR: STAR is a computerized, adaptive assessment. It assesses each student on an individual basis with each new question based on the student’s previous response. A scaled score is earned in Math, Reading, or Early Literacy and is a measure of individual achievement. Scaled scores make it possible to follow a student’s educational growth from year to year. Students in Grades K-8 take the STAR Test in Reading and Math in Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Writing Benchmarks: Students in K-8 are assessed in three different areas of Writing during the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Students respond to a grade level prompt and teachers grade the writing using a grade level rubric. This information is used to guide instruction and show growth.

Words their Way Spelling: Students in 1st-5th Grade are given a spelling inventory during the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Teachers use error analysis to evaluate the inventories and put students into differentiated spelling groups. Just like students can be at different reading levels, students can be at different spelling stages of development. Teachers are able to provide a developmentally appropriate list of words for students to practice.

Outcome Assessments:

These tests are given to students to determine effectiveness of core instruction and to identify gaps in curriculum. These tests are typically summative and given towards the end of a school year.

  • Examples include PARCC, State Science Test

PARCC(Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers): District 52 is required by the State of Illinois to complete the PARCC Test. PARCC tests students in the areas of Math and English Language Arts. PARCC is designed to assess our students' achievement of the New Illinois Learning Standards in the areas of Math and English Language Arts. The tests are computer-based. Students in Grades 3-5 take 3 ELA and 4 Math Tests. Students in Grades 6-8 take 3 ELA and 3 Math Tests.

PARCC Information for Parents

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA): Illinois is required to give a Standardized Science Test in Grades 5 and 8 during the Spring. There is one test and it assesses students on the new NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).

ISA Information for Parents

Diagnostic Assessments:

These tests pinpoint specific areas of concern with students and might only be given to certain students based on results from screening assessments.

  • Examples from D52 include DDS (Diagnostic Decoding Survey), WADE/WIST (Wilson Tests), Running Records, Spelling Inventories (ISEL or Words Their Way), Phonics Screeners, Writing Samples

Progress Monitoring:

These tests are given on a regular basis to students in Tier II, Tier III, and Special Education to determine if a student is responding to interventions that have been implemented. These tests are generally quick to administer and provide teachers and parents with information on whether or not a student is making adequate progress in relationship to his/her peers.

  • Examples from D52 include Aimsweb Fluency Probes, LLI Running Records, LBD Running Records, Reading A-Z Running Records, STAR, NWF Probes, ISEL Fluency Probes, ISEL Letters and Sounds, PASI, Wilson Graphs, DDS,

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