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State-Mandated Assessments in April

State-Mandated Assessments in April

Dear District 31 Families,

Upon returning from spring break, students in 3rd through 8th grade will take the state-mandated assessments that are used for accountability purposes for all public school districts in Illinois. The District asks for your partnership and support as we approach these important testing dates for our students. 

Students in 3rd through 8th grade will take the Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR).

  • Winkelman testing dates: April 2 - April 8, 2024
  • Field testing dates: April 8 - 11, 2024

In addition, students in 5th and 8th grade will take the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA). 

  • Winkelman testing dates: April 5 - April 9, 2024
  • Field testing dates: April 15 - April 16, 2024

The IAR is a computer-based assessment designed to measure mastery of the Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics for all 3rd through 8th grade students. The ISA is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and it is only given to 5th and 8th grade students. Our District 31 ELA, math, and science curricula are also aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards.

Students in grades 3 through 8 with significant cognitive impairments take the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM). The DLM is an alternative assessment to the state assessment of readiness for students who have significant disabilities which prevent them from participating in a traditional standardized assessment even when given accommodations. The DLM assesses students in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. 

Results from state testing are typically sent to schools in the fall of the subsequent school year, which means you can expect the results for your child in fall 2024. The data from these assessments allow District 31 administrators, curriculum coordinators, and teachers to analyze trends over time in order to evaluate overall programming and facilitate continuous improvement of educational programs in District 31.

To ensure District 31 students are able to truly “show what they know”, please make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats breakfast the week(s) of testing. This will help them put forth their best efforts on these state-mandated assessments.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s teacher.

Most Sincerely,

State Mandated Assessments