Assessment of student learning is an integral part of the district’s educational program. Woodridge 68 uses a variety of formal and informal assessments to determine individual student growth, curriculum and instructional effectiveness, and as an objective measurement of student progress when compared with local, state, and national standards. Information from these assessments is used to guide instructional planning and curriculum & program evaluation.
District Assessment Reporting (105 ILCS 5/22-82)
Legislation requires each school district to report information to ISBE concerning the administration of assessments to students at each school. The law also requires schools to make this information public: assessment survey results.
The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that identifies students’ strengths and challenges, measures growth, and supports data-driven differentiated instruction. It provides comprehensive insight into student learning across K–12 skills to help meet the needs of all students. i-Ready Online Instruction provides a personalized learning pathway for students based on their Diagnostic results. Online Instruction targets skill gaps to help students who are behind access grade-level content, and it provides challenges and enrichment for students who are on grade level.
Illinois Assessment of Readiness
The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. IAR assesses the new Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and is administered in English Language Arts and Mathematics to all students in grades 3-8. IAR replaced the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
Illinois Science Assessment
In compliance with federal testing requirements, Illinois administers a science assessment to students enrolled in a public school district in grades 5, 8, and high school. The ISA aligns with the new Illinois Learning Standards in science and is designed to reflect classroom experiences. Students do not simply select an answer and fill in the bubble of a multiple-choice test. Rather, the ISA pushes students to apply their knowledge when they give answers, thus better preparing them for higher education and a career. The ISA is an hour-long summative assessment.
Kindergarten Individual Development Survey
The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) is an observational tool designed to help teachers, administrators, families and policymakers better understand the developmental readiness of children entering kindergarten. KIDS focuses on the knowledge, skills, and behaviors across four key domains that most impact long-term student success. The domains are: Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation; Social and Emotional Development; Language and Literacy Development; and Cognition: Math.
Administered to English Learners and designed to measure social and academic proficiency in English
Appraises the cognitive development of students, and measures students' learned reasoning abilities in three cognitive domains most closely related to success in school: verbal (ability to reason with verbal concepts, quantitative (ability to reason with quantitative symbols and concepts), and nonverbal (ability to reason with geometric shapes and figures)
Behavior and Emotional Screening System (BESS): Assists school personnel and other care providers in determining the behavioral and emotional strengths and weaknesses of students. The measure consists of items relating to four dimensions of behavioral and emotional functioning including, adaptive skills, externalizing problems, internalizing problems, and school problems.
Panorama Social Emotional Surveys: this individual student survey assesses students on the skills that help students succeed at school, in their careers, and in life. Topics include grit, growth mindset, self-management, classroom effort, social awareness, and learning strategies