Testing in Fremont School District 79 Classrooms
Dear Fremont Parents / Guardians:
Fremont students in grades 3-8 will be participating in the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) during the month of April. The Illinois State Board of Education requires that all students in grades 3-8 take the IAR. This assessment replaces the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC).
Overall, IAR and PARCC are similar assessments. However, there will be a slight reduction in the length of testing. IAR will use the same high-quality content, question types, and platform as PARCC. Unlike PARCC, the IAR is not part of a state consortium and is only administered in Illinois.
You can help your child do his/her best on the test by:
- Making sure that your child attends school on the days of testing, if possible
- Making sure your child gets a good night’s sleep the night before testing
- Providing breakfast on the mornings of testing
- Letting your child know that you have confidence in his/her ability
- Advising your child not to worry about the test and to do the best that he/she can.
The IAR is fully aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for English language arts and math. The test will be taken online.
The Illinois Assessment of Readiness will change over the next few years, as the state works to make it more useful to schools and families. Next year, we will have the results back from the test much more quickly. The year after that, the test will adapt to each student, so we gain a better understanding of where each individual student is in their learning. We will continue to be able to measure students’ growth from year to year throughout these improvements.
We will be reviewing and sharing the IAR assessment results with you when they become available. We appreciate being partners in the education of your child.
In the spring, students in grades 2-8 take the mathematics and reading portions of the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. Teachers use the data, along with data from other assessments, to improve instruction for each student.
MAP assessments are unique in that they are adaptive tests taken on a computer. This means that as the student answers questions correctly, the assessment becomes more difficult. When a student answers a question incorrectly, the assessment becomes easier. Each student is able to take an assessment that is customized to his or her own learning level.
While MAP assessment results are excellent indicators of academic achievement, they are not the only measure of a child’s progress. When thinking about how well a child is performing in school, staff takes into consideration a child’s daily school performance, classwork, homework, projects, quizzes and classroom tests.