Students at Prairie Crossing Charter School take part in formal assessments throughout the year to determine understanding and their level of knowledge in different content areas, specifically in the areas of reading and math.
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Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT)
The Illinois State Assessment Test (ISAT) is given in the spring of each year to all students in grades three through eight. The content areas of Reading and Math are assessed at each grade level, with Science being additionally assessed in grade four and eight. This assessment measures a student’s level of achievement against the Illinois State Learning Standards
DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) is an assessment tool given to students Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades three times a year (beginning, middle, and end). Literacy and reading fluency are evaluated through this assessment. Data received from the DIBELS assessment is used to identify students who are not making adequate progress toward important milestones.
AIMSweb is a mathematical assessment tool given to students in the elementary grades three times a year (beginning, middle, and end). At Kindergarten and 1st grade the Test of Early Numeracy is given, which assesses a student’s understanding of numerical concepts. In grades two through eight, a calculation measurement is given to assess a student’s general knowledge of basic facts and numerical processes.
Also known as the Measure of Academic Progress (MAP), NWEA is a dynamic computer based assessment. A multiple test format is used to assess an individual student’s knowledge in a particular content area. This assessment is given to students in second through eighth grades, in the areas of Reading and Math, twice a year (fall and spring). This assessment assists the classroom teacher to identify a student’s level of knowledge and determine a starting point for instruction in the content area assessed.
PARCC is a computer-based assessment aligned with Common Core State Standards to ensure that each child is demonstrating growth at each grade level, with an ultimate goal of college and career readiness. Students in 3rd through 8th grade are given Performance-Based and End-of-Year assessments in the areas of English Language Arts and Mathematics twice a year.