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.

 School Year 2014-2015 Assessments

 School Year 2014-2015 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
REACH Performance Tasks Reach Performance Tasks Fact Sheet | Spanish
TRC/Dibels Next TRC Fact Sheet | Spanish
DIBELS Fact Sheet | Spanish
mClass Math mClass Math Fact Sheet | Spanish
ACCESS ACCESS Fact Sheet | Spanish
Screening for English Language Proficiency ELL Screener Fact Sheet

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
REACH Performance Tasks Reach Performance Tasks Fact Sheet | Spanish
ACCESS ACCESS Fact Sheet | Spanish
Screening for English Language Proficiency ELL Screener Fact Sheet
Dynamic Learning Maps-Alternate Assessment
(DLM-AA)
DLM Fact Sheet
Algebra Exit Exam

High School Assessments

Assessment Report Format
REACH Performance Tasks Reach Performance Tasks Fact Sheet | Spanish
ACCESS ACCESS Fact Sheet | Spanish
Screening for English Language Proficiency ELL Screener Fact Sheet
Dynamic Learning Maps-Alternate Assessment
(DLM-AA)
DLM Fact Sheet
EXPLORE
PLAN

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.

Contact Information

Office of Student Assessment
125 South Clark Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
11th Floor
Phone: (773) 553-2430
Fax: (773) 553-2421

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Page Last Modified on Monday, September 15, 2014