The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) is a nationally normed, criterion referenced, computerized achievement test that is designed to measure growth in student learning. MAP tests are unique in that they adapt during the testing session to be appropriate for your child’s own, individual level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. 


The data generated from the fall administration of the MAP provides baseline data for teachers to determine students’ readiness for specific content and concepts aligned with the district’s ELA and mathematics curricula. The data gathered from the spring assessment provides teachers with student growth and achievement information. Following each testing period (both fall and spring), parents will receive a report outlining their child’s achievement and growth.


Click here to access a MAP Parent Toolkit 


Click here for the Spanish version.

Click here for a quick reference sheet. 





Illinois has joined with a consortium of states called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).  The PARCC states have developed a set of computer-based assessments for English/Language Arts and Mathematics, which replaced the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) in 2014-2015.


Further information about PARCC can be found at:



Illinois PTA’s Parent Guide to PARCC



Nov./Dec. 2016 District 84 "PARCC for Parents" Presentation:   English     Spanish     Polish
CogAT (Cognitive Abitities Test)

The CogAT is a measure of a student’s potential to succeed in school-related tasks. It is not a tool for measuring a student’s intelligence or IQ. Rather, it measures the reasoning skills that have developed during a student’s educational career, even though they have not been explicitly taught. These general cognitive skills are not specific to any content area, but are skills that are used in all areas of a student’s academic experiences. The CogAT also measures general “school skills,” such as the ability to listen, follow direction, and focus attention. The CogAt scores are measured as:


  • Verbal (verbal classification, sentence completion, and verbal analogies)
  • Quantitative (quantitative relations, number series, and equation building)
  • Nonverbal (figure classification, figure analogies, and figure analysis) 

The CogAT is administered in both 2nd and 5th grade.


AIMSweb CBM (Curriculum Based Measurement)


The AIMSweb CBM assesses for literacy fluency and comprehension. These tests assist teachers in identifying struggling students and monitoring their progress. All students take this assessment in the fall, with continued implementation throughout the year for students receiving targeted interventions and academic supports.


ACCESS (for ELL students)


ACCESS is the English language proficiency test administrated to ELL students (K-8). Students are assessed in speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. ACCESS administration is mandated by the state.