Assessments

Standardized Assessments are used to evaluate students and schools, to help improve teaching and learning, and to generate important data from which policy decisions can be made. However, they are only one of the tools needed to measure student progress.

For Sycamore Community School District #427, standardized assessments fall into two major categories: State Assessment and Local Assessments. Even though local assessments may be used to measure student growth against their peers, many are also nationally normed and can provide a broader comparison.  Please see the District’s Learning and Teaching Page for more detailed information about each assessment. 

Grade LevelFall BenchmarkWinter BenchmarkSpring Benchmark
KindergartenISEL
KIDS
ISEL
DRA
MPG
ACCESS*
ISEL
DRA
MPG
1st GradeDRA
MPG
AIMSweb
DRA‡
MPG
ACCESS*
AIMSweb
DRA
MPG
2nd GradeMAP
AIMSweb
DRA
MAP
AIMSweb
DRA‡
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
3rd GradeMAP
AIMSweb
MAP
AIMSweb
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
PARCC
DLM ⌃
FitnessGram
4th GradeMAP
AIMSweb
ACCESS*
AIMSweb
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
PARCC
DLM⌃
Fitness Gram
5th GradeMAP
AIMSweb
MAP
AIMSweb
FitnessGram
ACCESS
MAP
AIMSweb
PARCC
DLM⌃
Illinois Science Assessment
FitnessGram

Key

* ELL Students Only
‡ Only Students Scoring Below Grade Level on Fall Benchmark
⌃ Select Special Education Students Only

Assessment Dates

ACCESS Testing

  • Wednesday, January 17, 2018 – Tuesday, February 20, 2018

AIMSweb

  • Fall -Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | 8:30-11:00 AM
  • Winter – Wednesday, December 13, 2017 | 8:30-11:00 AM
  • Spring – Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | 8:30-11:00 AM

DRA

  • Fall – Thursday, October 5, 2017
  • Winter – Friday, February 2, 2018
  • Spring – Friday, May 18, 2018

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)(IAA)

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Fitness Gram

  • January 2018 – April 2018

ISEL

  • Fall – Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Winter – Monday, January 15, 2018 – Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Spring – Monday, May 7, 2018 – Friday, May 18, 2018

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • The state’s testing window opens Thursday, March 1, 2018 and closes on Monday, April 30, 2018.

MAP Testing

  • Fall
    • Main Window – Monday, August 28, 2017 – Friday, September 8, 2017
    • Make up Window – Monday, September 11, 2017 – Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Winter
    • Main Window – Monday, December 4, 2017 – Friday, December 15, 2017
    • Make up Window – Monday, December 18, 2017 – Friday, December 22, 2017
  • Spring
    • Main Window – Monday, April 30, 2018 – Friday, May 11, 2018
    • Make up Window – Monday, May 14, 2018 – Friday, May 18, 2018

PARCC

  • Our test window is Monday, March 5, 2018 – Friday, April 20, 2018