Academics and Learning » Assessment


Educational assessments are used to support learning, as well as validate it. Making data-informed decisions can be instrumental in moving student learning forward. District 84 utilizes the following assessments to help us determine students' academic needs and growth.
  • Computerized achievement test designed to measure growth in student learning.
  • Teachers in grades 1st - 8th administer the test 2 times a year - winter and spring. Students in kindergarten will take the test 3 times a year - fall, winter and spring. Students in 6th grade and new students to the district will also take the screener exam within the first two weeks of starting school.
  • Students take the Reading and Math tests.
  • Data provides teachers with a baseline for where students begin the year and can measure individual growth. The data also provides insights into individual student areas of growth which assist in differentiation. 
  • Used for identifying struggling students and monitoring their progress.
  • Students are benchmarked in the fall, winter, and spring.
  • Benchmark testing is done by specialist teachers or language arts teachers at Hester.
  • Progress monitoring is done by an interventionist.
ACCESS (for ELL students)
  • ACCESS is the English language proficiency test administered to ELL students (K-8). 
  • Students are assessed in speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. ACCESS administration is mandated by the state.
  • ACCESS testing is administered by the TPE/TPI teachers. 
  • The IAR is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district.
  • The IAR assesses the Illinois Learning​ Standards, and is mandated by the state.
  • The IAR is administered in English Language Arts and Mathematics in the spring each school year in 3rd thru 8th grade.
  • All fifth and eighth graders will take the ISA.
  • The ISA aligns with the Illinois Learning Standards in science and satisfies federal accountability requirements.
  • 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.