Assessment Program in Gower
Illinois legislation requires each school district to report information to ISBE concerning the administration of standardized assessments to students at each school. The law also requires schools to make this information public via the school district’s website or distribution in paper form. Districts can comply with this requirement by linking to the assessment survey results. This will also allow districts to track their completion rate. The survey will dynamically populate data submitted in the previous year for review and editing as needed. Please note that the law defines tests “scored by a non-district entity” as the focus of this data collection effort. We refer to these as “standardized.” View the results of the annual assessment survey submitted by Gower District Administrators to ISBE by using this link: https://www.isbe.net/Pages/AssessmentSurveyResults.aspx
The standardized tests listed below are given at various times throughout the school year as measurements of student achievement and the effectiveness of our programs and curriculum.
MAP Measure of Academic Progress is given in grades K-8 in the fall, winter, and spring.
Assesses: Reading and Math Achievement and Student Growth
For more information: http://www.nwea.org
CogAT Cognitive Abilities Test is given in grades 2 and 4 (spring).
Assesses: School Aptitude
(Students may be tested in the middle school as needed)
ISA Illinois Science Assessment is given in grades 5 and 8 in the spring
Assesses: Science knowledge and skills
IRA Illinois Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers is given in grades 3-8.
Assesses: English Language Arts and Math
Fitnessgram Offers multiple tests to assess aerobic capacity, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance and flexibility. To access more information regarding Fitnessgram please visit this link.
ACCESS English Language Proficiency Test
Administered in January/February to all students in K-8th grade that are receiving English as a Second Language support
Assesses: Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening
KIDS Kindergarten Individual Development Survey
This reporting instrument is used annually with all kindergarten students during the fall.
Assesses: Readiness for school in the areas of math, language and literacy development, approaches to learning, and social/emotional development.
Range of Readiness Model in Gower
In April, 2018, Gower School District Officials led the development of the “Range of Readiness Model” as a balanced, research-based and appropriate approach to apply current student performance data to the concept of high school and/or college ‘readiness’. This model was adopted by Gower School District and is being used by other elementary school districts in the area as well as the local high school district. As educators, we know that having information early on about a student’s “readiness” for a particular end goal is helpful in terms of shaping a more personalized educational experience. Intervention, opportunities for acceleration, curriculum and course design are all items that can become much more targeted with reliable “on-track” measures. The model is limited in scope to a student’s NWEA/MAP performance and growth over time, but is helpful in providing insight to and projections for performance later in a student’s academic career on the ACT as well as the SAT through correlation.
To review and or download a full copy of the initial report, Simon, V. (2018). Range of Readiness Model please use this link.