Channahon District 17 Assessments and Descriptions

Channahon District 17 believes in meaningful and focused assessment practices.  Assessments must provide students, parents and teachers with high quality information to provide clear feedback, support instructional design, and ensure appropriate differentiation. Assessment is essential for teaching and learning.


Description of Assessment

Additional Information

Access 2.0

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is a secure large-scale English language proficiency assessment administered to Kindergarten through 12th grade students who have been identified as English language learners (ELLs). It is given annually in WIDA Consortium member states to monitor students' progress in acquiring academic English. ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 is only available to Consortium member states.


ACCESS 2.0 and Sample Items

Frequently Asked Questions


AIMSweb is a universal screening, progress monitoring, and data management system that supports Response to Intervention (RTI) and tiered instruction. AIMSweb uses brief, valid, and reliable measures of reading and math performance for grades K-8, which can be generalized to any curriculum.

Interpreting Progress Monitoring Graphs

Frequently Asked Questions

Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM)

The alternate assessment for students with the most significant intellectual disabilities in English Language Arts and Mathematics is called the Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM).


All Illinois public schools are required to administer a physical fitness assessment to students in grades 3-12. Illinois has selected FITNESSGRAM, a health-related fitness test that is intended to help students acquire lasting habits of regular physical activity.

The four required areas of fitness assessment are as follows:

  • For Aerobic Capacity, grades 4-12 will take the PACER test (recommended) or Mile Run Test (alternate) or Brockport test (adapted);
  • For Flexibility, grades 3-12 will take the Back-Saver Sit and Reach test (recommended) or Trunk Lift test (alternate) or Brockport test (adapted);
  • For Muscular Endurance, grades 3-12 will take the Curl-Up test or Brockport test (adapted); and
  • For Muscular Strength, grades 3-12 will take the Push-Up test or Brockport test (adapted).

About Fitnessgram

Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System

The F&P Reading Benchmark Assessment System is a comprehensive system for one-on-one assessment that:

  • Reliably and systematically matches students' instructional and independent reading abilities to the F & P Leveled Text Gradient™
  • Assesses reading performance and helps teachers understand the results
  • Affords a link between assessment and instruction using the Continuum of Literacy as the framework

Instructional Level Expectations for Reading

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

In compliance with federal testing requirements, Illinois will administer a science assessment to students enrolled in a public school district in grades 5 and 8. The assessment will be administered in an online format and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2014.

ISA Frequently Asked Questions

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)

The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) is an observational tool designed to help teachers and administrators better understand the developmental readiness of children entering kindergarten.  KIDS is core to the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) goal that every child in Illinois deserves to attend a school wherein all kindergarteners are assessed for readiness. KIDS focuses on the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that most impact long-term student success. This assessment takes place within the first forty days of Kindergarten.

KIDS Overview

KIDS Introduction Video

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP)

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) are K – 12 interim assessments that measure growth, project proficiency on high-stakes tests, and inform how educators differentiate instruction, evaluate programs, and structure curriculum.

Computer adaptive MAP assessments reveal precisely which academic skills and concepts the student has acquired and what they’re ready to learn. MAP assessments are grade independent and adapt to each student’s instructional level. Every item on a MAP assessment is anchored to a vertically aligned equal interval scale, called the RIT scale for Rasch UnIT—a stable measurement, like inches on a ruler, that covers all grades. RIT scores serve as an essential data point in a student’s learning plan; educators can see their precise learning level and respond accordingly.

MAP Frequently Asked Questions

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a consortium of states that collaboratively developed a common set of assessments to measure student achievement and preparedness for college and careers. The PARCC assessments are aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and were created to measure students' ability to apply their knowledge of concepts rather than memorizing facts. The PARCC assessments require students to solve problems using mathematical reasoning and to be able to model mathematical principles. In English Language Arts (ELA), students will be required to closely read multiple passages and to write essay responses in literary analysis, research tasks and narrative tasks. The assessments will also provide teachers information on student progress to inform instruction and provide targeted student support.

Score Report Guide (English Language Arts/Literacy & Mathematics)

ISBE PARCC Place (for educators, parents & students, and administrators)

PARCC Released Items


PARCC Tutorials

PSAT (grade 8)

PSAT helps students identify areas of academic strength and weakness in three areas important for success in college and the workplace—reading, writing/language, and math.  In addition, the PSAT results are used by Minooka Community High School as an additional piece of data to assist in class placement.  If you had a child attend CJHS in the past, they would have taken the EXPLORE Test, which was a pre-ACT Test.  Last year, Illinois public high schools (including MCHS) switched to the PSAT for incoming 9th grade students.