Assessments

State, National and Local Assessments

 

State Assessments

 

 

 
SAT

SAT

The SAT is designed to assess the student’s academic readiness for college.   The SAT assesses student knowledge in reading, writing and mathematics.   Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

For more information please visit:
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

For additional information regarding the SAT, including frequently asked questions click here.

The high schools offer an SAT prep course. Please contact your child’s student services department for more information.

Estimated time: 3 hours plus 50 minutes if taking the Essay.

ComponentTime Allotted (minutes)Number of Questions/Tasks
Reading6552
Writing and Language3544
Math8058
Essay (optional)501

 

Score Reporting

Overall Score range: 400 to 1600

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 200 to 800

Math: 200 to 800

Essay: 2 to 8 on each of three dimensions for Essay

DLM-AA

DLM-AA
(Dynamic-Learning Maps-Alternate Assessment)

The DLM system is designed to map a student’s learning throughout the year. The DLM alternate assessment system will let students with significant cognitive disabilities show what they know in ways that traditional multiple-choice tests cannot. The system will use items and tasks that are embedded in day-to-day instruction that are aligned to the common core standards. In this way, testing happens as part of instruction, which both informs teaching and benefits students. An end of the year assessment will be created for states that want to include a summative test in addition to the instructionally embedded system.

For more information, please visit the Illinois DLM website at:
http://dynamiclearningmaps.org/illinois.

ACCESS

ACCESS
(Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners)

The ACCESS assessment is given annually to English Learners (ELs) to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English. ISBE determined a student earning at least a 4.8 composite score is English proficient. ACCESS for ELs is aligned with the WIDA English Language Development Standards and assesses each of the four language domains of Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.  ACCESS for ELLs test items are written from the model performance indicators of WIDA’s five English Language Development (ELD) standards:

  • Social & Instructional Language
  • Language of Language Arts
  • Language of Mathematics
  • Language of Science
  • Language of Social Studies

For more information, please visit:
https://www.wida.us/assessment/access/

ILLINOIS SCIENCE ASSESSMENT

Illinois Science Assessment

The Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) is a federally required online assessment based on the Illinois Learning Standards in science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The assessment is a course-based assessment and corresponds to the content of Biology I (S131, S137, S138).

Number of items: 21 questions

Estimate time: 50 minutes

For additional information regarding the ISA, please visit the ISBE website at: http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/isa/isa-faq-parents.pdf.

WIDA SCREENER

Wida Screener

The WIDA Screener is an English language proficiency assessment given to incoming students in Grades 1–12 to assist educators with the identification of students as English learners (ELs). The purpose of this assessment is to identify student is need of additional English language support services.  The Illinois State Board of Education establishes the cut scores requiring additional language support. In May of 2017, ISBE released new EL proficiency criteria, a 4.8 Overall Composite score. A score below 4.8 indicates a student needs English language support.

All parts of the WIDA Screener Online are computer-delivered, with the exception of the Writing test.  To address concerns regarding the keyboarding skills of students, the writing portion of the online test is presented in paper/pencil format.  Students can choose whether they would like to type or hand write their responses.  WIDA Screener Online is scored online by certified raters using WIDA AMS.

 

 

National Assessments

 

 

ACT

ACT

The ACT is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science. The ACT with writing includes the four subject tests plus a 40 minute writing test.

English (75 questions, 45 minutes)
Mathematics (60 questions, 60 minutes)
Reading (40 questions, 35 minutes)
Science (40 questions, 35 minutes)
Writing (1 prompt, 40 minutes)

For more information, please visit:
http://www.actstudent.org/faq/

SAT

SAT

The SAT is designed to assess the student’s academic readiness for college.   The SAT assesses student knowledge in reading, writing and mathematics.   Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.

For more information please visit:
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat

For additional information regarding the SAT, including frequently asked questions click here.

The high schools offer an SAT prep course. Please contact your child’s student services department for more information.

Estimated time: 3 hours plus 50 minutes if taking the Essay.

ComponentTime Allotted (minutes)Number of Questions/Tasks
Reading6552
Writing and Language3544
Math8058
Essay (optional)501

 

Score Reporting

Overall Score range: 400 to 1600

Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 200 to 800

Math: 200 to 800

Essay: 2 to 8 on each of three dimensions for Essay

Advanced Placement Examinations

Advanced Placement Examinations

Enrollment in an advanced placement course gives students the opportunity to earn credit and advanced placement in college. All public Illinois universities and colleges must award college credit to students who earn at least a 3 on an AP exam. Currently, the College Board offers 37 different AP exams. Individual colleges and universities, not the College Board or the AP Program, grant course credit and placement.

The College Board recommends students should obtain a college’s AP policy in writing. You can usually find this information through the institution directly or by using the AP Credit Policy Info search at www.collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy.

For more information on AP exams, please visit:
https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/takingtheexam/about-exams

PSAT/NMSQT

PSAT/NMSQT

PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. In addition, the PSAT is a great primer for the SAT. Students in tenth or eleventh grade can take this assessment during school in the month of October for a small fee.   If interested, please contact the student services department at your child’s school.

For more information, please visit:
https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10.

 

 

Local Assessments

 

 
Incoming Freshmen Placement Testing

Incoming Freshmen Placement Testing

The Incoming Freshman Placement test will be administered in the fall. The PSAT 8/9 assessment is for placement in English, mathematics and science courses. For more information please click here and go to the Incoming Freshman Placement Testing section.

The PSAT 8/9 establishes a baseline measurement of your college and career readiness as you enter high school. It also gives you a chance to preview the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 and connect to AP courses.

For more information go to: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9

PSAT 8/9 administered each October to incoming freshmen is used for both placement and establishing benchmark scores.  In addition, freshmen take the test during April.

Components:

  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    1. Reading Test
    2. Writing and Language Test
  2. Math

Score Reporting:

  • Total Score: Scale ranges from 240 to 1440.
  • Section Score: Scale ranges from 120 to 720, and 6 to 36 on test and cross-test scores.

Important Information:

Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success

Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact

Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)

 

PSAT 8/9
ComponentTime Allotted
(min.)
Number of Questions/
Tasks
Reading5542
Writing and Language3040
Math6038
Total145120
ALEKS College Placement Tool

ALEKS College Placement Tool

ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) is a powerful artificial intelligence based assessment instrument covering material from Basic Math through Precalculus. It will take approximately 90 minutes to complete the 30 question test. ALEKS is an untimed and individualized adaptive assessment designed to determine a student’s knowledge base in mathematics. Many college and universities use the ALEKS college mathematics placement test. The ALEKS assessment is an option for sophomores and juniors to complete to place into dual credit courses while in high school.

For more information visit:
https://www.aleks.com/

District Benchmark Assessments

District Benchmark Assessments

District Benchmark Assessments (DBA) are common assessments administered to all students across the district. Each course has a teacher created DBA aligned to course critical learning standards. The DBA results are used to guide instructional decisions to improve student learning in preparation for post-high school success.

PSAT 8/9

PSAT 8/9

The PSAT 8/9 establishes a baseline measurement of your college and career readiness as you enter high school. It also gives you a chance to preview the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 and connect to AP courses.

For more information go to: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-8-9

PSAT 8/9 administered each October to incoming freshmen is used for both placement and establishing benchmark scores.  In addition, freshmen take the PSAT 8/9 during April.

Components:

  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    1. Reading Test
    2. Writing and Language Test
  2. Math

Score Reporting:

  • Total Score: Scale ranges from 240 to 1440.
  • Section Score: Scale ranges from 120 to 720, and 6 to 36 on test and cross-test scores.

Important Information:

Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success

Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact

Rights-only scoring (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores)

 

PSAT 8/9
ComponentTime Allotted
(min.)
Number of Questions/
Tasks
Reading5542
Writing and Language3040
Math6038
Total145120
PSAT 10

PSAT 10

As one of the assessments in the College Board’s SAT Suite of Assessments, the PSAT10 is designed to measure the skills and knowledge that current research shows are essential for college and career readiness and success. The PSAT 10 covers the same content areas as the PSAT/NMSQT®. Both the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 serve as a check-in on student progress to help pinpoint areas for development prior to the SAT. Sophomores take the PSAT 10 during the month of April.

For more information go to: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10

Components:

  1. Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
    1. Reading Test
    2. Writing and Language Test
  2. Math 

Important Features:

Focus on the knowledge, skills, and understandings that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness and success

Greater emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone, and impact

Rights-only scoring (no penalty for guessing)

Score Reporting:

Scores will be reported on a shared common score scale with the SAT: The scale ranges for the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 scores are 320–1520 for the total score, 160–760 for each of two section scores, and 8–38 for test scores.

 

New PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10

 

ComponentTime Allotted
(min.)
Number of Questions/
Tasks
Reading6047
Writing and Language3544
Math7048
Total165139

 

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