Homework, Grading & Testing


This section provides an overview of how John Mills Elementary School assesses and reinforces the academic development of our students through homework, grading and testing.

District 401's elementary school instruction is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics, and with the Illinois Learning Standards in our other subject areas.

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

We invite you to learn more about homework, grading and testing at John Mills — including our protocol for retaking tests and assignments — by visiting the pages below:

Assessment Calendar for 2020-21
Assessment of Student Learning
Homework Protocol for Grades K-5
► Promotion Policy
Retake Protocol for Grades K-5

► Standards for Student Learning
► Standards-Based Grading
Standards-Based Report Cards

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