Local Assessments

Three times per year, Lake Bluff Elementary School District 65 students are screened in the areas of reading and math.  The purpose of the screenings is to provide our teachers with data about what it is your students know and are able to do and to assist in the instructional planning process. Students in Kindergarten and First Grade are assessed using a tool called the STAR Assessment and students in grades two through eight are assessed using the NWEA/MAP Assessment.  The tabs below provide additional information about each of these assessments.

About the MAP Growth Assessments

MAP® Growth™ measures what students know and informs what they’re ready to learn next. By dynamically adjusting to each student’s performance, MAP Growth creates a personalized assessment experience that accurately measures performance—whether a student performs on, above, or below grade level.  The MAP Growth Assessments in District 65 are administered in the Fall, Winter, and Spring and results are mailed home to contacts via electronic mail.

About the STAR Assessment

Star Assessments are computer-adaptive tests that show teachers what students already know, and what they are ready to learn next.  The assessments are short tests that provide teachers with learning data. Star tests are computer adaptive, which means they adjust to each answer your child provides. This helps teachers get the best data to help your child in the shortest amount of testing time.


About the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment

The Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systemsare accurate and reliable tools to identify the instructional and independent reading levels of all students and document student progress through one-on-one formative and summative assessments.  

Using the comprehensive Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systemsto determine students' independent and instructional reading levels according to the F&P Text Level Gradient™, teachers are able to:

  • Observe and quantify student reading behaviors
  • Engage students in comprehension conversations that go beyond retelling
  • Make informed decisions that connect assessment to responsive teaching.