District 34 uses assessments as an integral part of instruction. In addition to observations of students and classroom work, the information received from assessments guide daily differentiation to support academic growth, and informs planning for programs and services. Teachers and administrators receive timely information on student progress and you gain a picture of your child’s performance throughout the year. The two benchmark assessments are:
- Measure of Academic Progress (MAP): Students in grades 3 through 8 take MAP reading and math assessments.
- AIMSWEB: Students in grades K-2 take short fluency assessments in literacy and math.
Both MAP and AIMSWEB are administered in the fall, winter and spring. Fall results provide baseline data; winter and spring assessments show achievement and growth.
This year, testing begins the week of August 30 and runs through the end of September. Students do not need to study for these tests; the only preparation is to encourage your child to get plenty of sleep every night and have breakfast every day.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher, building principal or me.
Matthew Silverman, Ed. D.
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning