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Assessment 

Department of Student Assessment

Letter from ISBE regarding ISAT administration - [English]   [Spanish]

Letter from CEO Byrd-Bennett to Principals on ISAT testing - [English]   [Spanish]

 

 

The Department of Student Assessment is now part of the Chief Instruction Office. The Department of Student Assessment at Chicago Public Schools is responsible for coordinating and implementing student assessment throughout the District. Our goals are to:

 

  • Develop District pre-K – 12 assessment strategy
  • Assist in development of assessments
  • Advise on adoption of assessments
  • Manage Federal, State, and District testing initiatives
  • Provide accurate and timely information regarding testing purposes, procedures, and results
  • Provide guidance on the appropriate use of assessment results for accountability

 

Assessment Calendars

Assessments at CPS are used to provide teachers insight into how best to plan instruction, as well as to inform district and/or State accountability. The documents below summarize which assessments are optional, which are required, and the cadence for testing throughout the school year depending on grade level. Brief overviews of the purpose of each assessment are also provided.

 

Adobe PDF icon. School Year 2013-2014 Assessments

Adobe PDF icon. School Year 2013-2014 Charter and Contract Schools Only.

Assessments

The CPS Assessment system contains 3 major types of assessments across all grades: Baseline to understand where students start the year, Formative to monitor progress over the course of the year, and Growth to measure progress by the end of the year. To better understand the specific assessments and how they are used, please see the attached slides.

 

K-2 Assessments

Assessment Report Format
NWEA MPG NWEA MPG Fact Sheet | Spanish PDF icon.
REACH Performance Tasks Reach Performance Tasks Fact Sheet | Spanish PDF icon.
TRC/Dibels Next TRC Fact Sheet | Spanish
DIBELS Fact Sheet | Spanish
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mClass Math mClass Math Fact Sheet | Spanish PDF icon.
ACCESS ACCESS Fact Sheet | Spanish PDF icon.
Quarterly Benchmark Performance Tasks    

 

3-8 Assessments

Assessment Report Format
NWEA MAP NWEA MAP Fact Sheet Spring | Spanish
NWEA Parent Toolkit | Spanish
CC Map Sample Items Reading
CC Map Sample Items Math
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REACH Performance Tasks Reach Performance Tasks Fact Sheet | Spanish PDF icon.
ISAT ISAT Fact Sheet | Spanish PDF icon.
IAA IAA Fact Sheet | Spanish PDF icon.
ACCESS ACCESS Fact Sheet | Spanish PDF icon.
Limited Fall Limited Fall Testing for 8th grade-non CPS Letter
Limited Fall Testing for 8th grade-non CPS FAQs
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Algebra Exit Exam Algebra Exit Exam Sample Test
Algebra Exit Exam Scoring Guide
Algebra Exit Exam FAQ for non-CPS Students
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EXPLORE 8th Grade    
Quarterly Benchmark Performance Tasks    

 

High School Assessments

Assessment Report Format
REACH Performance Tasks Reach Performance Tasks Fact Sheet | Spanish PDF icon.
PSAE PSAE Fact Sheet | Spanish PDF icon.
IAA IAA Fact Sheet | Spanish PDF icon.
ACCESS ACCESS Fact Sheet | Spanish PDF icon.
EXPLORE    
PLAN    
HS Interims    
Compass    
Quarterly Benchmark Performance Tasks    

 

Contact us!

For questions regarding testing calendars, and/or the ISAT, IAA, ACCESS, EXPLORE, PLAN & ACT/PSAE assessments, please contact Linda Abdul (lmabdul@cps.edu; 773-553-2424).

For questions regarding REACH performance tasks or the mClass 3D (mClass Math, DIBELS/TRC) assessments, please contact Betsy Press (ecpress@cps.edu; 773-553-2416).

For questions regarding NWEA, please contact Kelly Mina (kmcbride@cps.edu; 773-553-1572).

For questions regarding High School interim assessments, the Algebra Exit Exam, or data for any assessment, please contact Lisa Sherwooder (lsanker@cps.edu; 773-553-2445).

For any other general questions regarding assessment, please call the Department of Assessment's main line at 773-553-2430.

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Page Last Modified on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Contact information
Office of Student Assessment
125 South Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
11th Floor
Phone: (773) 553-2430
Fax: (773) 553-2421