Student Assessment 

The Department of Student Assessment is part of the Office of Teaching and Learning. CPS believes that a balanced assessment system is a core component of a well-rounded instructional program that serves all students. The Department of Assessment works to coordinate the logistics, training and communication of centralized formative and summative assessments. Our goals are to:

  • Assist schools in building an assessment strategy
  • Develop District pre-K – 12 assessment strategy
  • Assist in development of assessments
  • Advise on adoption of assessments
  • Manage Federal, State, and District testing initiatives
  • Provide accurate and timely information regarding testing purposes, procedures, and results
  • Provide guidance on the appropriate use of assessment results for accountability

The CPS Assessment Framework outlines the principles of balanced assessment, policies and options in SY16 to support these principles, and the process for schools to plan for and select formative assessment options. Please review this carefully to support development of your school's assessment approach.

The models are meant to illustrate how to build a balanced assessment plan. These are NOT prescriptive, but are meant to provide examples and help drive assessment planning.

Assessment Calendars

Assessments at CPS are used to provide teachers insight into how best to plan instruction, as well as to inform district and/or State accountability. The documents below summarize which assessments are optional, which are required, and the cadence for testing throughout the school year depending on grade level. Brief overviews of the purpose of each assessment are also provided.

School Year 2015-2016 District Assessment Calendar

School Year 2015-2016 Charter Schools

Assessments

The CPS Assessment system contains 3 major types of assessments across all grades: Baseline to understand where students start the year, Formative to monitor progress over the course of the year, and Growth to measure progress by the end of the year.

K-2 Assessments

Assessment Report Format
NWEA MPG NWEA MPG Fact Sheet | Spanish
REACH Performance Tasks Reach Performance Tasks Fact Sheet | Spanish
TRC/Dibels Next TRC Fact Sheet | Spanish
DIBELS Fact Sheet | Spanish
mClass Math mClass Math Fact Sheet | Spanish
ACCESS ACCESS Fact Sheet | Spanish
Screening for English Language Proficiency ELL Screener Fact Sheet | Spanish

3-8 Assessments

Assessment Report Format
NWEA MAP NWEA MAP Fact Sheet Spring | Spanish
NWEA Parent Toolkit | Spanish
CC Map Sample Items Reading
CC Map Sample Items Math
REACH Performance Tasks Reach Performance Tasks Fact Sheet | Spanish
ACCESS ACCESS Fact Sheet | Spanish
Screening for English Language Proficiency ELL Screener Fact Sheet
Dynamic Learning Maps-Alternate Assessment
(DLM-AA)
DLM Fact Sheet | Spanish
Algebra Exit Exam Algebra Exit Exam Registration
Practice Test and Answer Key
Algebra Exit Exam
2015 Algebra Registration Algebra Exit Exam Registration Form
SY14-15 Algebra Exit Exam Practice Algebra Exit Exam Practice #1
Algebra Exit Exam Practice #2

High School Assessments

Assessment Report Format
REACH Performance Tasks Reach Performance Tasks Fact Sheet | Spanish
ACCESS ACCESS Fact Sheet | Spanish
Screening for English Language Proficiency ELL Screener Fact Sheet
Dynamic Learning Maps-Alternate Assessment
(DLM-AA)
DLM Fact Sheet

Contact us!

For questions regarding testing calendars, and/or the DLM, ACCESS, PSAT, ACT assessments, please contact:

For questions regarding REACH performance tasks, please contact:

For questions regarding K-2 Assessment including (mClass 3D, mClass Math, DIBELS/TRC, SANDI) assessments, please contact:

For questions regarding NWEA, PARCC please contact:

For questions regarding, the Algebra Exit Exam, NAEP, or data for any assessment, please contact:

For all Policy related questions, please contact:

Contact Information

Office of Student Assessment
42 W. Madison Street
Chicago, IL 60602
773-553-2430 - Phone
773-553-2421 - Fax

Related Links

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Page Last Modified on Monday, May 23, 2016