(Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. PARCC assesses the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered to students in English Language Arts and mathematics.
For more information, please visit: http://isbe.net/assessment/parcc.htm.
(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.
(Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners)
The ACCESS assessment is given annually to English language learners (ELLs) to monitor students’ progress in acquiring academic English. ACCESS for ELLs 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:
For more information, please visit:https://www.wida.us/assessment/access/
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)
The high schools offer an ACT prep course. Please contact your child’s student services department for more information.
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Advanced Placement Exams
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.
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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.
The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess your 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
Incoming Freshmen Testing
The Incoming Freshman Placement test will be administered Saturday, October 1, 2016. The assessment is for placement in English, mathematics and Science. For more information please click here and go to the Incoming Freshman Placement Testing section.
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.
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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.