Assessment In District 29

The District 29 team employs state of the art technology to assess the educational needs of our students and to evaluate the effectiveness of our instructional programs.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has replaced the previous annual student academic assessment protocol (The ISAT) with the new PARCC tests. The PARCC tests are purportedly aligned with the Illinois Learning Standards and the new Common Core standards and currently cover the areas of reading and mathematics. The PARCC is administered to all students in grades 3-8.

The PARCC is actually comprised of two different testing instruments. The Performance Based Assessment (PBA) is administered between February and March and requires more "production-type" responses. The End of Year (EOY) is administered in May and is more reflective of the old ISAT format, with a multiple choice and short answer format.

Both PARCC assessments will be administered in an online format with students utilizing iPads to take the tests.

You can learn more about the PARCC tests by visiting


Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)
Approximately 7 years ago, District 29 replaced the annual academic assessment of students via the Terra Nova/Cat6 assessments with a bi-annual assessment utilizing the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests. MAP tests are state-aligned computerized adaptive tests that accurately reflect the instructional level of each student and measure growth over time. 

These assessments are tailored to each individual student via a state-of-the-art computer adaptive program that provides standardized results data irrespective of the child's age or grade. They are more cost effective, time-efficient, and useful for instructional planning and monitoring student's academic growth over time than the Terra Nova/Cat6 assessment system.

MAP testing provides parents with:

-data regarding the annual academic growth of their child in the areas of reading, mathematics, and language usage
-a comparison of their child's performance with that of a typical Sunset Ridge student, as well as a national sample of same-aged peers
-lexile data that will link parents to appropriate reading materials based on their child's instructional reading level

MAP testing provides teachers with:
-data regarding the annual academic growth of each student in the areas of reading, mathematics, and language usage
-a comparison of each student's performance with that of a typical Sunset Ridge student, as well as a national sample of same-aged peers
-lexile data that will link teachers to appropriate reading materials based on the instructional reading level
-a list of specific instructional skills that students have mastered, are still learning, and have yet to learn
-linkages to instructional materials to help in designing effective instructional programs
-data to determine the appropriate time for a student to advance through the levels of a given curriculum
-data to determine the effectiveness of a given instructional program

For more general information regarding the MAP testing program, please visit the Northwest Evaluation Association's Website.

If you have specific questions about your child's MAP test results, please contact your child’s teacher or advisor.

Curriculum-Based Measurement (CBM)
District 29 staff frequently utilize curriculum-based measurements in reading, mathematics, and written language to monitor the academic growth and learning of students throughout their educational experience.

When CBM is used, each child is tested briefly. The tests generally last from 1 to 5 minutes. The teacher counts the number of correct and incorrect responses made in the time allotted to find the child’s score. For example, in reading, the child may be asked to read aloud for one minute. Each child’s scores are recorded on a graph and compared to the expected performance on the content for that year, based on local and national sampling data. The graph allows the teacher, parents, and students themselves, to see quickly how the child's performance compares to expectations. 

Based on data obtained from CBMs, in combination with other standardized assessment data and teacher input, students may receive addition support in reading, mathematics, and/or written language from the Student Services Department. These supports are available across all grade-levels and are not contingent upon eligibility for special education services under the Individuals With Disabilities Act (IDEIA).

For more general information regarding Curriculum Based Measurement, please visit


Last Modified on January 27, 2015