Joliet Public Schools District 86 is dedicated to the important role assessment has in the learning process and overall educational experience for all students.  Improving student learning is essential in the assessment process.  Teachers and administrators are extensively trained in creating, providing, and evaluating assessments.  Multiple sources of assessment data is used when determining the needs for individual students.  As a stakeholder in your child’s education, we are committed to sharing assessment data with you and working together to assure all information known about your child is utilized to gain the greatest level of achievement.  As we support our mission to nurture students who are learners for life, we value our partnership which involves you in the assessment process.  Given assessment data, gathered throughout the year, we are able to jointly design education opportunities, support the greatest gains in student achievement and meet the needs of your child.

Essential Questions

As curriculum and assessments are designed and analyzed, these four questions must be addressed by all stakeholders:

  • What do we expect students to learn?
  • How will we know if they have learned it?
  • How do we respond when students experience difficult in learning?
  • How do we respond when students do learn?

Stakeholder Impact

Student Impact

Develop themselves as a learner, clearly knowing what they have mastered, what learning still needs to occur, and how to advocate for support, instruction and services.

Parent Impact

Know their child as a learner, supporting them on the path to academic success given clearly defined areas of strengths and opportunities.

Teacher Impact

Insight into classroom instruction, strategic planning for individual and group needs based on results, and a clear vision of academic mastery as well as areas of instruction that need to be revisited and improved given students' results.

Administrator Impact

Ability to see impact of curriculum and staff development based on student performance, opportunity to develop strategic improvement plans, and staying focused on continuous improvement within all professional learning communities.

Community Impact

An intentionally transparent view of how students are performing in the Joliet learning community.

Types of Assessment
Formal Assessments Informal Assessments
Classroom Tests/Quizzes/Projects Observations
District Level Tests Anecdotal Notes
Portfolios Student Conferences
Standardized Tests Informal Discussions

Local and State Level Assesments

Classroom Teacher Created Assessment

Teacher created assessment used in individual classrooms to measure student progress and inform your child's teacher on the effectiveness of instruction.

Content/Grade Level Assessment

Content area or grade level team created assessment used in all classrooms across a grade level or content area to measure student progress and inform the teacher and the team on the effectiveness of instruction for your child.

Individual Growth and Development Indicators (IGDI)

Provides reading and math skills data in areas such as early literacy and numeracy for pre-school aged children. Scores from multiple IGDI tests will indicate areas of growth over time.

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)

An observation assessment instrument that informs teachers and you as a parent.  Reading and math are assessed as well as developmental areas such as physical development, cognitive development, approach to learning, and social/emotional learning. Click here for more informations on the Kids Individual Development Survey.


Assessment tool used to assess student progress on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis inreading and math. Progress monitoring occurs when a specific goal targeting a specific skill is identified and assessed using AimsWeb to assure student growth or to change instruction if improvement is occuring.

STAR 360 Benchmark Assessment

Measures student growth three times per year (fall, winter, spring).  Predicts how your child will score on the PARCC assessment and monitors achievement on Common Core State Standards.

As a dedicated parent, you may have been seeking reading resources for your child.  The STAR 360 At Home Reading Activities resources are outstanding.  Each activity takes into account the busy lifestyle of being a parent so activities are designed to be convenient and easily done with your child.  Each activity is created in a game format so learning can be fun for each of you!

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district.  IAR asesses the New Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core and will be administered in English language Arts and Mathematics.

IAR assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics will be administered to all students in grades 3-8. 

Many states across the country have collaborated to create a standard set of kindergarten through 12th grade assessments in mathematics and English. The goal is to assess that each child is prepared to be successful in college and careers in the future. This assessment is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, which in turn is aligned to the curriculum development in Joliet Public Schools District 86.

IAR Online Test Preparation Resources

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, 8 for Joliet Public Schools District 86 students.  Click here for more information on the Illinois Science Assessment.


ACCESS fro ELLs is a standards-based, criterion referenced English language proficiency test designed to measure English language learners' social and academic proficiency in English.  It assesses social and instruonal English as well as the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies within the school context across the four language domains. The secure full-scale ACCESS for ELLs is an annual assessment distributed at no cost to public schools.  Click here for more information on ACCESS for ELLs.

PTA Assessment Factsheet

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) has provided an excellent resource regarding excellent improvement with student testing, known as assessments.  This resource describes what assessments should include, what you might ask about your child’s assessments, types and time spent on assessments as well as results.  Knowing this information will allow you to understand your child’s assessment experience.

Click here for additional information