Standardized Tests

Standardized Tests at Pleasant Hill

The following is a chronological list of standardized tests taking place at Pleasant Hill.  Please note that individual grades may incorporate additional testing, not identified on this list, in order to gather data, which in turn helps teachers make more informed decisions regarding student needs.

TEST

TIME FRAME

STUDENTS

PURPOSE

DESCRIPTION

Measure of Academic Progress (MAP)  - Fall

Reading, Math, & Language Usage

September

2- 6 Grade

To establish base--line data in reading, mathematics, and language usage for the school year; to determine summer regression; to provide data used in determining eligibility for the gifted program and out--of--level (OOL) math program.

Students take one, computerized, multiple choice test in each of the areas.  No more than one test is given per day, except in make--up situations.  The tests are untimed, but generally take students approximately 30--45 minutes to finish.

CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test)

October

2, 4, & 6 Grade

More of a measure of intellectual ability than academic knowledge, the CogATs are one of several determining factors for eligibility into the gifted program and the out--of--level math program.

Students complete these multiple--choice, paper & pencil tests in three main areas -- verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative.  Each area consists of three, 10 minute tests, for a total of nine tests.  Students generally take all the tests in one area per day.

MAP Winter  -

Reading, Math

November/ December

2 - 6 Grade

To monitor student performance & progress; to provide data used in determining eligibility for the gifted program & OOL math.

As in the fall, the students take one, computerized, untimed, multiple choice test in each of the test areas.  Multiple tests per day may be given in make-up situations.

ACCESS - Listening Reading and Writing*

Jan. 11 -- Feb. 29

Bilingual Students: KDG-6 Grade

To measure English acquisition and progress for bilingual students.

Students use paper & pencil to test.  Some of the questions are multiple choice, while others require the student to write out responses.

ACCESS - Speaking*

Jan. 11 -- Feb. 19

Bilingual Students: KDG - 6 Grade

To measure English acquisition and progress for bilingual students.

This test is given one--on--one.  Students are simply asked to respond orally to questions from the examiner.

ISAT (Illinois Standards Achievement Test) - Reading & Math*

March

3 - 6 Grade

To measure school and student reading and mathematical performance in accordance with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) national legislation and for the state of Illinois.

Each test area consists of three subtests.  The tests are a mixture of multiple choice, short response & extended response.  Students have 50 minutes to complete this paper & pencil test, with two tests given per day.

ISAT - Science*

March

4 Grade

To measure school and student science performance for the state of Illinois.

Science consists of two, paper & pencil, multiple choice tests.  Tests must be completed in 50 minutes.

ISAT - Writing*

March

3, 5, & 6 Grade

To measure school and student writing performance for the state of Illinois.

One essay question for 3rd & 5th graders, 6 grade students must answer two (on separate test days).  Students have 50 minutes to complete their essay.

IAAT (Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test)

April

6 Grade

Commonly referred to as the "junior high math placement test", this test, along with the quantitative section of the CogAT, & past performance on the math section of MAP tests, help determine math course placement for junior high.

Students complete four, ten--minute, multiple choice tests.  Students take all four of the paper& pencil tests in one sitting.

MAP Spring -

Reading, Math & Language Usage

April

2 -- 6 Grade

To determine student growth for the year in reading, math, & language usage; to provide data used in determining eligibility for gifted program & OOL math.

As in the fall & winter, the students take one computerized, untimed, multiple choice test in each of the test areas.  Multiple tests may be given in one day due to make--up situations.