Testing, Assessment & Grades


This section of our website provides an overview of how John Mills Elementary School assesses and measures the academic progress of our students.

John Mills’ instruction is aligned with the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics, and with the Illinois Learning Standards in our other subject areas.

In addition to the assessments they receive during the course of their regular classes, John Mills students also take several standardized tests a year to monitor their progress.

For our students in grades 3-6, these required tests include an exam each spring — the PARCC exam — that measures the extent to which they meet Common Core standards.

We invite you to learn more about testing, assessment and grades at John Mills Elementary School by visiting the pages below.


► Common Core State Standards


► Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards


► Parent Self-Assessment Checklist


► Illinois Learning Standards


► Required Testing


► Homework Policy


► Grading Policy


► Report Cards


► Honor Roll


► Promotion Policy


General questions about Elmwood testing, assessment and grades should be directed to our principal, Ms. Laura Magruder. Specific questions concerning individual classes should be directed to the appropriate classroom teacher.