Grading, Testing & Standards


Elm Middle School assesses and reinforces the academic development of our students through grading, testing and the application of well-established standards.

Our evidence-based instructional practices are aligned with the Common Core State Standards and Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics, and with the Illinois Learning Standards in all other subject areas.

Student progress in daily coursework is assessed according to a carefully constructed grading system that measures academic growth and proficiency.

Please note that in 2021-22 standards-based grading arrived at Elm for our 6th graders. If you are unfamiliar with standards-based grading, please visit our SBG overview page.

In addition to the assessment given during the course of their regular classes, Elm students also take several standardized tests a year to monitor their progress, such as the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) for grades 6-8 and the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) for grade 8.

To learn more about grading, testing and standards at Elm, please visit the pages below:

Questions about assessment and standards, or want more information about related policies? Please contact Dr. Kimberly Ontiveros, the District's Director for Curriculum & Instruction.