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
KindergartenISEL
KIDS
ISEL
DRA
MPG
ACCESS*
ISEL
DRA
MPG
1st GradeDRA
MPG
AIMSweb
DRA‡
MPG
ACCESS*
AIMSweb
DRA
MPG
2nd GradeMAP
AIMSweb
DRA
MAP
AIMSweb
DRA‡
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
3rd GradeMAP
AIMSweb
MAP
AIMSweb
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
PARCC
DLM ⌃
FitnessGram
4th GradeMAP
AIMSweb
MAP
AIMSweb
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
PARCC
DLM⌃
Fitness Gram
5th GradeMAP
AIMSweb
MAP
AIMSweb
FitnessGram
ACCESS*
MAP
AIMSweb
PARCC
DLM⌃
Illinois Science Assessment
FitnessGram

Key

* ELL Students Only
‡ Only Students Scoring Below Grade Level on Fall Benchmark
⌃ Select Special Education Students Only

Assessment Dates

ACCESS Testing

  • January 15  – February 18

AIMSweb

  • Fall – September 5 | 8:30-11:30 AM
  • Winter – December 12| 8:30-11:30 AM
  • Spring – May 7 | 8:30-11:30 AM

DRA

  • Fall – October 4
  • Winter – February 3
  • Spring – May 15

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)(IAA)

  • March 11 – May 6

Fitness Gram

  • January – April

ISEL

  • Fall:  September 3 – September 13
  • Winter:  January 14- January 25
  • Spring:  May 6 – May 17

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

  • March 2 – April 30

MAP Testing

  • Fall
    • Main Window:  August 26 – September 6
    • Make up Window:  September 9 – September 13
  • Winter
    • Main Window:  December 2 – December 13
    • Make up Window:  December 16 – December 20
  • Spring
    • Main Window:  April 27- May 8
    • Make up Window:  May 11 – May 25

IAR

  • March 11th – April 14