Assessments

Standardized Assessments are used to evaluate students and schools, to help improve teaching and learning, and to generate important data from which policy decisions can be made. However, they are only one of the tools needed to measure student progress.

For Sycamore Community School District #427, standardized assessments fall into two major categories: State Assessment and Local Assessments. Even though local assessments may be used to measure student growth against their peers, many are also nationally normed and can provide a broader comparison.  Please see the District’s Learning and Teaching Page for more detailed information about each assessment.

Grade LevelFall BenchmarkWinter BenchmarkSpring Benchmark
6th GradeMAPMAP
ACCESS *
FitnessGram
MAP
PARCC
DLM ⌃
FitnessGram
7th GradeMAPMAP
ACCESS *
FitnessGram
MAP
PARCC
DLM ^
FitnessGram
8th GradeMAPMAP
FitnessGram
MAP
PARCC
DLM ^
Illinois Science Assessment
FitnessGram

Key

* ELL Students Only
⌃ Select Special Education Students Only

Assessment Dates

ACCESS Testing

  • Wednesday, January 16, 2019 – Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)(IAA)

  • Wednesday, March 13, 2018 – Wednesday, May 8, 2018

Fitness Gram

  • January 2019 – April 2019

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • The state’s testing window opens Thursday, March 1, 2019 and closes on Thursday, April 18, 2019

MAP Testing

  • Fall
    • Main Window – Monday, August 27, 2018 – Friday, September 7, 2018
    • Make up Window – Monday, September 10, 2018 – Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Winter
    • Main Window – Monday, December 3, 2018 – Friday, December 14, 2018
    • Make up Window – Monday, December 17, 2018 – Friday, December 21, 2018
  • Spring
    • Main Window – Monday, April 29, 2019 – Friday, May 10, 2019
    • Make up Window – Monday, May 13, 2019 – Friday, May 17, 2019

PARCC

  • Dates not determined yet by ISBE