Concept Tests

6-8 grade pre and post writing assessment:  These will be given in the fall and the spring to measure student growth in writing.  This is Concepts’ second year focusing on improving writing because we know there is a major focus on these skills with new state testing.  Each test will focus generally on standards W.6-8.2.a-f, and RI/RL.6-8.1 (writing an essay and supporting it with evidence from a reading).  Teachers will occasionally be asked to provide high and low examples with feedback.

EOC’s:  Given 3 times a year, these tests are designed to measure growth in student learning from the beginning to the end of the year.  The level of rigor in the tests will stay the same across three tests to allow us to measure student growth as the result of teacher instruction.

English I, II, III, and IV EOC tests will have 27 multiple choice items and 3 extended response/short answers (not essays).  The test should be given over two days.  There are four readings.  The standards are a mix of Reading for Information/Reading Literature standards/Language/Writing for the multiple choice sections and for the extended response/short answer it will usually be “describe, explain, or summarize” something from the reading.  If it asks to describe or explain, they must site evidence.  In other words, the focus is on students using information from the readings, standard RI/RL.9-12.1

Reading & Writing Workshop, Journalism/Speech, and College & Career Composition EOC tests are writing test.  These courses are for the purpose of supporting our core content English classes.

Reading & Writing Workshop EOC essays will measure the writing of an argument and/or informative or expository essay with references to the text they read first.  Again, W.9- as well as RI/RL.9-10.1 so that students are demonstrating their ability to write but also cite evidence.

Journalism/Speech EOC’s will be the creation of a news story.  This will be for EOC 1 and 2 but on two different topics.  The standard being measured is W.9-10.2.   A determination has not been made as yet for Speech and Debate.

College & Career Composition EOC essays will measure W.11-12. 1.2.3 as well as RI/RL.11-12.1 so that students will again demonstrate their ability to write but also cite evidence.


Our schools use NWEA to help our teachers and students plan instruction and strive to reach their goals based on the NWEA learning continuum.  Here are some examples of the tools they provide:

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Concept Schools takes the NWEA in the fall and spring.  Teachers can reach out to the Director to discuss incoming students as well as to help analyze their data and use these tools.

State Tests

Indiana Department of Education



Missouri Department of Education


Ohio Department of Education



New information for Illinois 2016

NEW – PARCC Pre-ID Information in SIS (12/5/16)

Test Coordinator Manual

2016–2017 Spring Administration Computer-Based & Paper-Based Testing Math & English Language Arts/Literacy Test Coordinator Manual

The 2017 PARCC Administration will have the same number of test units as in 2016. In addition, the unit times will remain the same.

PARCC Training Modules


PARCC Practice Tests


PARCC Released Items



Accessibility and Accommodations Manual, 5th Edition (complete, includes Appendices A-M; 226 pg. 5.6MB) (8/2/16)

What’s New in the 5th Edition? (8/2/16)

2017 PARCC Calculator Policy (7/16)

Pearson Technology/Administration Bulletin

The most recent bulletin is dated December 6th, 2016


SATÒ – Assessment for Grade 11 in 2017

NEW – 2016-17 SAT Pre-ID Information in SIS (12/5/16)

ISBE web link for SATÒ information


SATÒ General Timeline


SATÒ FAQ Document


SATÒ Illinois Customer Service: 844-688-9995

SATÒ Illinois Customer Service: ilsat@collegeboard.org

For 2017, the SATÒ will be administered in paper & pencil format. The assessment includes the essay component.

For more detailed information on the SATÒ components, go to the web link below.




Updated ISA FAQ Document



NEW – WIDA AMS – Test Setup is Now Active

Student records are now loaded into WIDA AMS for 2016-17, and test setup is available. For detailed instructions on Test Setup, please refer to the Test Scheduling tutorial and/or theWIDA AMS User Guide, which is available on the WIDA website (wida.us) or on WIDA AMS (wida-ams.us). 

ACCESS Material Delivery & Additional Material Window Update

The delivery date for ACCESS for ELLs materials, for 2016-17, is being changed from December 28th, 2016 to January 5th, 2017to better accommodate the holiday schedule of most districts and schools in Illinois. If you are receiving paper ACCESS materials, please ensure that district/school staff are present at your delivery site to receive these test materials from UPS on January 5th, 2017, and secure them in an appropriate location.

The additional ACCESS materials ordering window is also being changed to match the new delivery date. Instead of beginning December 28th, 2016, it will now begin on January 5th, 2017. The final day for placing additional orders remains the same, February 17th, 2017.

ACCESS Tech Downloads

The current release of  INSIGHT (7.1.0) is available for:

  • Windows 7, 8.1, & 10
  • Mac OS 10.9.5, 10.10, 10.11 & macOS Sierra 10.12
  • Linux Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTD – with 64-bit Gnome 3.4, Unit Shell
  • Linux Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, 16.04 LTD – with 32-bit Gnome 3.4, Unit Shell
  • Chromebook OS recent stable channel

NEW A new release (7.2.0) is available for Apple iOS 10.1, 10.0, iOS 9.3, iOS 9.2, iOS 9.1, iOS 9.0.

The current release of TSM 9.1.0_2 is being updated to 9.1.0_4. That release date is unknown, but any properly installed version of  9.1.0_2 that is set to automatically update will do so with little or no user action.

Illinois-Specific Preparation Checklists

Illinois-specific ACCESS checklists are now available onwww.wida.us . They emphasize local flexibility regarding the way tasks are assigned to staff. The Illinois-specifics lists have a mixture of “X” and “D” in the role columns to distinguish which tasks should be done personally by someone in that role, and which may be delegated.

ACCESS Writing Field Test

WIDA is seeking EL students to participate in a field test of the ACCESS 2.0 Writing Assessment. It’s for students in grades 1-12 at all proficiency levels. For grades 1-3, it is handwritten. For grades 4-12, it is keyboarded. Sessions are a maximum of 30 minutes long. It may be administered either before or after the 2017 ACCESS administration.

Field Test Windows

  • Grades 1-3 November 11th, 2016 to late January, 2017.
  • Grades 4-12 November 28th, 2016 to late January, 2017.

Interested schools or districts should contact Alex Bauer, 608-265-0601, alex.bauer@wisc.edu.

ACCESS W-APT Training Access

Training to administer the W-APT screening tools is available atwww.wida.us. Admission to the site now requires that the account holder be given the W-APT permission, which also allows access to the materials. Account users who are District Assessment Coordinators on this site may assign the W-APT permission to other users within the district.

ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 Webinars/Q&A Sessions Began in September

WIDA and DRC are offering webinars to support educators with the preparation and administration of ACCESS for ELLs 2.0.

The full webinar schedule for September 2016 through June 2017 is online here, https://www.wida.us/assessment/access%202.0/documents/ACCESSWebinarCalendar.pdf.Recordings of past webinars may be found here,https://www.wida.us/assessment/ACCESS%202.0/WebinarRecordings.aspx.


The PARCC ELA/literacy PBA practice tests, both paper and computer-based, do not indicate the unit breaks that are included with the operational assessment forms. This allows educators flexibility with how they choose to use these practice tests with their students. The ELA/literacy PBA practice tests show the order of the tasks as they will appear on the operational forms: Literary Analysis, Research Simulation, and Narrative. Please note that each task represents a unit on the operational assessment.

Evidence Tables and Other Resources





PARCCELASampleItemsOverviewPPT-Grade 9EOY Set (1)

PARCCELASampleItemsOverviewPPT-Grade 10

PARCCELASampleItemsOverviewPPT-Grade11RST Set


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