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.

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:

Assessment Calendar for 2020-21
Assessment of Student Learning
Grading Policy
Homework Policy
► Promotion Policy
Report Cards
Standards for Student Learning

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