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Assessments - Middle School

Assessment Descriptions:


ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State) testing is for English Language Learning students in grades 6 through 8 and administered annually. It is a standardized test that monitors English language development through listening, speaking, reading, and writing performance.


MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) are a series of computerized adaptive academic assessments that allow teachers to measure individual student academic growth over time, independent of grade level or age.  All students, grades 6-8, take the MAP test three times per year (Fall, Winter, Spring) in two subject areas (math and reading). 


The IAA (Illinois Alternate Assessment) is the state measure of learning for students with significant cognitive disabilities. IAA is a performance-based assessment to measure reading, mathematics, science and writing at the grades corresponding to the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT). Students take the IAA if participation in the state’s regular assessment is not appropriate, even with accommodations.


The ISAT (Illinois Standards Achievement Test) measures individual student achievement relative to the Illinois Learning Standards. Students in grades 6-8 are tested annually in reading and mathematics and grade 7 is tested additionally in science.


The EXPLORE test is designed to help 8th graders explore college and career options for their future.   Student skills in reading, mathematics, English, and science are measured. EXPLORE indicates students readiness for their high school coursework and for their post–high school choices as well. It marks an important beginning for a student's future academic and career success.


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