Important Information About Spring Testing
Testing Announcements: Week of April 12-16
Spring testing for 5th graders will finish on April 12 for some students, and April 14 for English Learners taking the ACCESS test.
While morning live instruction will resume on April 13, students who will be taking the ACCESS test at the Family Resource Center will not be penalized for missing live instruction on April 13 and 14.
Testing for most 7th graders will take place April 14-16 at Gemini. Some students will take also take the ACCESS test on April 12-13. These students will not be penalized for missing live instruction on these days.
Remember: for students who opted-out of participating in spring testing or did not respond to the RSVP Form, live instruction will not take place in the morning on these days. Instead, check your teacher's learning plan each day for asynchronous (prerecorded and/or independent practice) activities to complete during this time. Students who opted-out of testing and will be working on asychronous learning activities during testing will be counted as "present" for attendance purposes.
For 7th graders, a content area teacher will be available through google meets should your child need assistance with a particular subject, this may or may not be your child's current teacher. The links can be found on the teacher's learning plan.
All public schools within the State of Illinois are required to administer a variety of federal and state assessments every spring. Typically, these assessments provide our district and state with information related to how our students are growing academically compared to peers throughout Illinois.
As you are well aware, our district made a number of instructional changes due to COVID-19 restrictions. And we are not alone in those changes - districts throughout the state and country have made similar changes due to the pandemic. Because of the hardships that school districts, students, and families have faced over the past year, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) lobbied the U.S. Department of Education for spring testing waivers. Recently, however, the Illinois State Superintendent of Education, Dr. Carmen Ayala, shared a message that the U.S. Department of Education will not allow any public school district across the country to bypass spring assessments. This means that District 63 will be required to assess hybrid and remote learners this spring.
As we move forward with spring testing, below are a few key points to keep in mind:
- Our testing window for administering most of these assessments will take place April 7 - May 14. Many of these assessments require multiple days to complete, so test sessions will be scheduled strategically so as not to overwhelm students.
- If your student(s) currently attend(s) school for in-person learning, you do not need to do anything - students will take their required assessments during the school day.
- If your student(s) attend(s) school remotely, communication will be sent to you soon about a schedule for testing your remote learner(s) in-person. Unfortunately, Illinois does not allow for these assessments to be administered remotely.
- While it is strongly discouraged by ISBE, due to this year’s unique circumstances, parents may refuse to have their remote learner(s) come into school to take the assessments. More information for how to opt-out will be provided soon.
Again, more information will be coming your way in the near future. We appreciate your partnership as we navigate yet another challenge with state testing this spring, and know that we appreciate all that you do - and have done - to make this school year as successful as possible.
March 18, 2021 Email to Parents