Assessment

A balanced assessment approach is used in Lisle District 202 which includes a continuous monitoring process as well as an evaluation of student learning and achievement. Standardized state tests, achievement tests, products, performances, portfolios and teacher designed assignments are all used to gauge students' progress and growth while attending school in District 202. A comprehensive, balanced approach to assessment ensures the achievement of students' development of higher-order reasoning and multi-leveled understanding. It is important for parents to meet with teachers to discuss the results of the various assessments given to students in order to interpret and understand how their student is making growth and progress during each school year.

Assessment in Grades K-8

K-8 Classroom Assessment

Formative Assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement of intended instructional outcomes.Formative assessment can help to differentiate instruction, set goals, and help students understand how to move learning forward on their own. Summative assessment is the evidence that shows what a student has learned or mastered after a set period of time. Summative assessment, is a summative of assessment and could include observations, conversations, projects, presentations, assignments or tests that are communicated to parents. Both formative and summative assessment are used to provide teachers and parents with a clear picture of progress in relation to learning goals.

IAR State Assessment - Grades 3-8

Each year at the end of October, the State of Illinois releases the “State Report Card” for school districts. From 2015-2017, the PARCC test was administered in the spring to students in Grades 3-8 with the purpose of measuring student achievement in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  In the spring of 2019, Illinois switched to the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) as the State assessment for Grades 3-8.  According to the Illinois State Board of Education, the IAR measures of student mastery of the Illinois Learning Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics and their readiness for the next steps.

While the IAR is one measure of student achievement, it is just that, one measure. It is important to remember that each student who walks through our doors has strengths and challenges that a IAR test result cannot show. This assessment is designed not to tell a student’s entire story, but rather a snapshot in time.

To ensure that we are able to create a more complete picture of a student’s progress, we utilize multiple measures and assessments such as regular classroom assessments, developmentally appropriate progress monitoring assessments, and the nationally normed NWEA MAP test. The variety of data collected serves an important role in helping us to understand the needs of our students and inform instruction to best prepare them for the future.

Information on school data, including academic performance, school environment, educators, and students for Lisle District 202 and public school across Illinois can be found on the Illinois School Report Card.

Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)

The Measures of Academic Progress, or MAP®, is a nationally normed assessment that measures student growth in the areas of Reading and Mathematics for Kindergarten through Eighth grades.

MAP® is a computer adaptive test that students take three times per school year. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time. MAP helps schools and teachers know what your child is ready to learn at any point in time. Parents and teachers can see the progress of individual students. Principals and administrators can see the progress of a grade level, school, or the entire district. MAP® is also utilized throughout the district as one determinant for student placement into academic supports or enrichment.

 

Illinois Science Assessment

In compliance with federal testing requirements, Illinois will administer a science assessment to students enrolled in a public school district in grades 5, 8 and once at the high school level. The high school assessment utilizes a course-based model with content aligned to Biology I. The assessment will be administered in an online format and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2014.

Learn more about the Illinois Science Assessment

 

Assessment in Grades 9-12

9-12 Classroom Assessment

Formative Assessment is a process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to adjust teaching and learning to improve students’ achievement of intended instructional outcomes.Formative assessment can help to differentiate instruction, set goals, and help students understand how to move learning forward on their own. Summative assessment is the evidence that shows what a student has learned or mastered after a set period of time. Summative assessment, is a summative of assessment and could include observations, conversations, projects, presentations, assignments or tests that are communicated to parents. Both formative and summative assessment are used to provide teachers and parents with a clear picture of progress in relation to learning goals.

Performance Series

Performance Series®, Scantron’s computer-adaptive diagnostic testing solution, provides educators with instant test results, personalized to each student, that ensure correct overall student placement. Administered over time, these tests provide a longitudinal view of student growth in core curriculum areas (English Language Arts and Mathematics). www.scantron.com

Lisle High School will assess all freshman, transfer students, and students with an IEP with the Performance Series assessments.

PSAT/SAT Series of Exams

The State of Illinois utilizes the PSAT/SAT Series of Exams to measure high school students’ academic achievement beginning in Ninth Grade.

  • PSAT 8/9 - 9th Grade
  • PSAT 10 - 10th Grade
  • PSAT/NMSQT - 11th Grade - Fall
  • SAT - 11th Grade 

Illinois Science Assessment

In compliance with federal testing requirements, Illinois will administer a science assessment to students enrolled in a public school district in grades 5, 8 and freshman year. The high school assessment utilizes a course-based model with content aligned to Biology I. The assessment will be administered in an online format and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2014.

Learn More About the Illinois Science Assessment

Advanced Placement Exams

About Advanced Placement (AP)

AP is a rigorous academic program built on the commitment, passion, and hard work of students and educators from both secondary schools and higher education. Taking AP classes benefits students in a number of ways:

Favorably Impacts College Admission
  • Students who take AP courses send a signal to colleges that they’re serious about their education and that they’re willing to challenge themselves with rigorous course work.1
  • 85% of selective colleges and universities report that a student’s AP experience favorably impacts admission decisions.2
Offers Financial Benefits
  • Students who take five years or more to graduate can spend $21,500 for each additional year in college, to cover tuition, fees, living expenses, transportation and other costs.3
  • Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time.4
Builds Skills and Confidence
  • Students learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.
  • Students dig deeper into subjects that interest them, and learn to tap their creativity and their problem-solving skills to address course challenges.

1. The College Board, The 10th Annual AP Report to the Nation, February 11, 2014.
2. Unpublished institutional research, Crux Research Inc., March 2007.
3. The College Board, Trends in College Pricing 2011, Figure 1.
4. The College Board, College Outcomes Comparisons by AP and Non-AP High School Experiences, 2008.

Please visit the LHS About Page for information on AP Test schedules.