Assessments

Standardized Assessments are used to evaluate students and schools, to help improve teaching and learning, and to generate important data from which policy decisions can be made. However, they are only one of the tools needed to measure student progress.

For Sycamore Community School District #427, standardized assessments fall into two major categories: State Assessment and Local Assessments. Even though local assessments may be used to measure student growth against their peers, many are also nationally normed and can provide a broader comparison.  Please see the District’s Learning and Teaching Page for more detailed information about each assessment. 

Grade LevelFall BenchmarkWinter BenchmarkSpring Benchmark
KindergartenISEL
KIDS
ISEL
DRA
MPG
ACCESS*
ISEL
DRA
MPG
1st GradeDRA
MPG
AIMSweb
DRA‡
MPG
ACCESS*
AIMSweb
DRA
MPG
2nd GradeMAP
AIMSweb
DRA
MAP
AIMSweb
DRA‡
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
3rd GradeMAP
AIMSweb
MAP
AIMSweb
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
PARCC
DLM ⌃
FitnessGram
4th GradeMAP
AIMSweb
MAP
AIMSweb
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
PARCC
DLM⌃
Fitness Gram
5th GradeMAP
AIMSweb
MAP
AIMSweb
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
PARCC
DLM⌃
Illinois Science Assessment
FitnessGram

Key

* ELL Students Only
‡ Only Students Scoring Below Grade Level on Fall Benchmark
⌃ Select Special Education Students Only

Assessment Dates

ACCESS Testing

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – Tuesday, February 19, 2019

AIMSweb

  • Fall – Friday, September 7, 2018 | All Day
  • Winter -Friday, December 14, 2018 | All Day
  • Spring – Friday, May 10, 2019 | All Day

DRA

  • Fall – Friday, October 5, 2018
  • Winter – Friday, February 1, 2019
  • Spring – Friday, May 17, 2019

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)(IAA)

  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Fitness Gram

  • January 2018 – April 2018

ISEL

  • Fall – Tuesday, September 5, 2017 – Friday, September 15, 2017
  • Winter – Monday, January 15, 2018 – Friday, January 26, 2018
  • Spring – Monday, May 7, 2018 – Friday, May 18, 2018

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • The state’s testing window opens Friday, March 1, 2019 and closes on Thursday, April 18, 2018.

MAP Testing

  • Fall
    • Main Window – Monday, August 27, 2018 – Friday, September 7, 2018
    • Make up Window – Monday, September 10, 2018 – Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Winter
    • Main Window – Monday, December 3, 2018 – Friday, December 14, 2018
    • Make up Window – Monday, December 17, 2018 – Friday, December 21, 2018
  • Spring
    • Main Window – Monday, April 29, 2019 – Friday, May 10, 2019
    • Make up Window – Monday, May 13, 2019 – Friday, May 17, 2019

PARCC

  • Dates not determined yet by ISBE.