Assessment Calendar for 2020-21


During the 2020-21 school year, District 401 will administer the following assessments. Some of these tests are required by the Illinois State Board of Education, some by the District itself and some are optional.

Please note that most of the dates listed below are windows within which tests will be administered. More specific information about testing dates will be communicated to students and parents during the school year. To see a Google Doc containing a live version of the 2020-21 Assessment Calendar, please click here.


STATE & DISTRICT ASSESSMENTS

WHAT?

WHEN?

PURPOSE?

REQUIRED
BY?

FOR WHICH STUDENTS?

ACCESS

Mar 15- May 25, 2021*

*New testing window

Language proficiency test for English Learners (ELs). Used to measure growth in English proficiency and the ability to access the curriculum in English.

State

Grades K-12,
identified as
English Learners

ACT

TBD

Designed to measure skills that are most important for success in postsecondary education and that are acquired in secondary education.

Optional,
offered by District

Grade 11

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FALL:
Sep 28-Oct 16, 2020

WINTER:
Feb 8-23, 2021

SPRING:
May 17-28, 2021

Provides information on student progress toward fluent reading. Used to differentiate instruction.

District

Grades K-8

AP Exams

May 2021

AP courses have a college-level curriculum and rigor. Students can earn college credit by passing an AP class and by their score on the AP Exam.

State & District

AP students

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

Apr 2021

Assists in understanding how students learn, remember and problem solve. CogAT is used to gain an understanding of students as learners.

District

Grades 2 & 5

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

Mar 15-May 10, 2021*

*New testing window

Serves as the alternate state assessment for students not taking the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (see IAR below). State SPED grades 3-8 & 11; also current grade 12 students without a valid grade 11 or 12 score or qualifying exemption

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)

Mar 15-May 14, 2021*

*New testing window

Serves as the Illinois state standards test in reading and math. IAR is used as a piece of information about students, groups and cohorts, as well as for setting goals and evaluating curriculum.

State

Grades 3-8

Illinois
Physical Fitness Assessment

Jan-May 2021

Tests physical fitness levels in an effort to meet State Goal 20, where students achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. Only results from grades 5, 7 and 10 are reported.

State

Grades 5,
7 & 10

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

Mar 15-May 14, 2021*

*New testing window

Designed to measure the Next Generation Science Standards. Used to help students understand their progress toward NGSS and to evaluate curriculum.

State

Grades 5,
8 & 11

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)

Jun 2021

Uses teacher observations and recordings of student behaviors for better understanding of developmental readiness.

State

Kindergarten

PSAT 8/9

Apr 13-15, 2021

Makeup Date:
Apr 27, 2021

Part of the SAT Suite of Assessments. Measures college and career readiness as well as AP potential. Also used to understand individual, group and cohort growth and to evaluate curriculum.

State

Grades 8 & 9

PSAT 10

Apr 13-15, 2021

Makeup Date:
Apr 27, 2021

Part of the SAT Suite of Assessments. Measures college and career readiness as well as AP potential. Also used to understand individual, group and cohort growth and to evaluate curriculum.

State

Grade 10

PSAT/NMSQT

Jan 26,
2021

This is a new date for the PSAT/NMSQT, which is usually offered only in October. The January administration will have the same benefits as the October PSAT/NMSQT, including eligibility for programs administered by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Offered by District Grade 11

SAT

Apr 13, 2021

Makeup Date:
Apr 27, 2021
Part of the SAT Suite of Assessments (see PSATs above) and serves as a college entrance exam. State Grade 11

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Pre-test by Sep 17, 2020

Post-test by May 21, 2021

Used for Second Step summative knowledge assessment. (Second Step is the District's SEL curriculum for students in grades PK-8.)

District

Grades 1-5

Student Growth Assessments

Pre-test:
Aug 31-Sep 11, 2020

Post-test:
Dates TBD

Used to demonstrate a change in a student's knowledge or skills, as evidenced by results on two or more assessments and between two or more points in time.

State

Grades PK-12