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Local Assessments

District 103 uses local assessments as a means of monitoring the curriculum and the competencies of all students in grades K-8. Students needing remediation or reinforcement of skill areas, as identified by testing and follow-up diagnosis, may receive special instruction to alleviate deficiencies.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

In the fall, District 103 students (grades 3-8) take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests for reading and math. In the spring, grade 2 students take MAP for reading and math. In addition, specific students in grades 3-8 also take the MAP tests in the winter. Our students rank significantly above the national norms on these standardized achievement tests.

  • Testing dates for the 2016-2017 school year are set as follows: September 12-30, 2016; January 9-27, 2017 (specific students only); and April 24-May 12, 2017. 
  • For our cover letter to Student MAP Score Reports, click here.
  • For A Parent's Guide to MAP, click here
  • For our most current results, click here.

State Required Testing

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requires that all school districts assess the proficiency of all pupils enrolled in grades 3-8 in reading and mathematics.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

Science Assessment for Grades 5 & 8

  • "In compliance with federal testing requirements, Illinois will administer a science assessment to students enrolled in a public school in grades 5, 8 and once at the high school level...The assessment will be administered in an online format and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2014." Source: ISBE, Illinois Science Assessment
  • The ISBE window for administering the Science Assessment will be from March 1, 2017-April 28, 2017.
  • District 103 will begin the ISA during the week of April 24, 2017. Please see our eNotice for important details.


  • The ACCESS test (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State) for English Language Learners is a standards-based, criterion referenced English proficiency test. It measures both social and academic proficiency and is given annually to District 103 students in grades K-8, who have been identified as Limited English Proficient. The Illinois State Board of Education requires administration of this assessment annually in January and February. The ACCESS test assesses the four language domains: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
  • The District 103 window for administering ACCESS will be January 9, 2017-February 10, 2017.

Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment (DLM-AA)

  • "The Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) project is guided by the core belief that all students should have access to challenging grade-level content. The new DLM alternate assessment system will let students with significant cognitive disabilities show what they know in ways that traditional multiple-choice tests cannot. The DLM system is designed to map a student’s learning throughout the year. The system will use items and tasks that are embedded in day-to-day instruction that are aligned to the common core standards. In this way, testing happens as part of instruction, which both informs teaching and benefits students. An end of the year assessment will be created for states that want to include a summative test in addition to the instructionally embedded system." Source: ISBE at http://www.isbe.net/assessment/dlm.htm
  • The ISBE window for DLM-AA will be from March 15, 2017-May 1, 2017.

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Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

The CogAT assesses students' abilities in reasoning and problem solving using verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal (spatial) symbols. During 2016-2017, only students in grades 1, 3 and 5 will take the CogAT (as well as any new students in grades 2, 4, 6, 7 and 8).

  • Window for grade 1 (and new grade 2 ) students: December 2016
  • Window for grades 3 & 5 (and new grade 4, 6, 7, 8) students: October 2016

The CogAT was administered for the first time in the fall of 2015, and all students in grades 1-8 took the test. Score reports were mailed to families on Friday, January 15, 2016.


Contact Us

For questions about our student assessments, please contact RJ Bialk, Director of Technology & Assessment, at (847) 295-4030 or rbialk@d103.org.

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