Early Learning Center
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MAP (Measure of Academic Progress)
MAP, or Measure of Academic Progress, is a computer-based assessment that is administered to all students twice a year in the areas of reading and math. Understanding each student’s academic level gives teachers the power to help them excel. MAP computerized adaptive assessments provide educators with the detailed information they need to build curriculum and meet their students’ needs. Click on ‘MAP’ to learn more about this assessment.
AIMSweb is designed to monitor the progress of students in the areas of oral reading fluency. This assessment identifies how many words per minute a student can correctly read on a grade level passage.
At Kindergarten, it measures letter and sound fluency. A student needs to not only be able to identify a letter or sound, but they also need to do it quickly and effortlessly.
National, Illinois and local norms are used to make instructional decisions for students. Click on ‘Fluency Assessment’ to learn more about this assessment.
Developmental Spelling Assessment
Words Their Way is the developmental spelling assessment administered to all kindergarten, first, second and third grade students. This assessment rates students on their application of essential phonetic and vocabulary patterns. Spelling stages are identified based on the results of this assessment, and teachers can then compare these stages to their same age peers across the United States.
All kindergarten, first and second grade students are administered a text leveling assessment until they reach text level 24. The text levels range from 0-24 and document how accurately a student reads increasingly difficult text. When a student successfully reads text level 24, or mid second grade level, this assessment is discontinued. Teachers then compare these text levels to their same age peers across the United States.
Phonemic Awareness Assessment
The Yopp-Singer Phonemic Awareness assessment is used at the kindergarten level. This assessment is administered 1:1 and consists of 22 words. Students are given words one at a time, and they are instructed to orally isolate each sound. For example, if the word is cat, the student would respond by saying the sounds /c/ /a/ /t/. This is an essential skill for students as they learn to read and write and is also a strong predictor of future reading and writing success.
High Frequency Word Assessment
Kindergarten and first grade students are administered a high frequency word assessment to determine if they have mastered words that will frequently occur in their grade level text. These words do not follow phonetic patterns and must be memorized. This list would include words like ‘the,’ ‘said,’ and ‘would.’ This is an essential skill for students as they learn to read and write and is also a strong predictor of future reading and writing success.
District Writing Assessments
Students are administered district-created writing prompts at consistent time periods to assess students' ability to write for different purposes.
Houghton Mifflin Theme Tests
These tests are given after completing each unit. They measure the students' use of comprehension skills and strategies along with word skills, spelling, grammar, and writing. A variety of formats are used including: open-ended questions, multiple choice questions, and students' self-evaluation.
Integrated Data System Assessments
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Reading Support Programs
District 308 offers reading support to identified at-risk and academically talented readers.
For information about programs for at-risk readers, click here.
For information about programs for academically talented readers, click here.