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
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.
High School Assessments
For questions regarding testing calendars, and/or the ISAT, IAA, ACCESS, EXPLORE, PLAN & ACT/PSAE assessments, please contact:
For questions regarding REACH performance tasks or the mClass 3D (mClass Math, DIBELS/TRC) assessments, please contact:
For questions regarding NWEA, please contact:
For questions regarding High School interim assessments, the Algebra Exit Exam, or data for any assessment, please contact:
For any other general questions regarding assessment, please call the Department of Assessment's main line at 773-553-2430.