Curriculum & Instruction

Assessment Information

The following notice is posted per HB 5770:
Students with disabilities who do not qualify for an individualized education program under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, may qualify for services under Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 if the student (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (2) has a record of a physical or mental impairment, or (3) is regarded as having a physical or mental impairment. To inquire about the identification, assessment and placement of students, contact the school principal at 847-367-4120 or in person at Oak Grove School, 1700 S. O'Plaine Rd. Green Oaks, Il 60048.

Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR)

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. IAR assesses the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered in English language arts and mathematics to all students in grades 3-8.​ For several years, school districts across Illinois, including ours, worked to align the curriculum with the Common Core State Standards. Along with the new standards came new assessments. While students in grades three through eight had typically taken the ISAT, in 2015, school districts in Illinois began administering the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Assessment. There are several states that were members of the PARCC consortium who worked together to establish assessments that would measure whether students were on track to be successful in college and their careers.  Beginning in 2019, Illinois shifted away from the PARCC assessment and now administers the IAR in grades 3-8.  This is an Illinois-specific test aligned to our learning standards that was developed based on the work of the PARCC group.  A few differences in our new assessment include: 

  • Assessment windows are shorter in length
  • Less assessments administered at each grade level
  • Reports are generated sooner than previous assessments

ISBE Illinois Science Assessment (ISA)

In compliance with federal testing requirements, Illinois will administer a science assessment to students enrolled in a public school district in grades 5, 8 and 11. The assessment is administered in an online format and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2014.


The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your student’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your student a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your student’s learning.

General Resources

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT)

The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a multiple-choice K-12 assessment that measures reasoning skills with different types of verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal questions.  The CogAT is a group-administered aptitude test commonly given as an entrance exam into school’s gifted programs. The CogAT consists of a verbal battery, quantitative battery, and nonverbal battery. Each battery is a separate section of the test containing 3 different types of questions that cover unique cognitive abilities. Oak Grove administers the CogAT test to students in grades 3 and 5 each Spring.

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS)

The Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) is an observational tool designed to help teachers, administrators, families, and policymakers better understand the developmental readiness of children entering kindergarten.​

English language proficiency assessment (ACCESS)

The enrollment of any new student to the district must include a Home Language Survey. Potential English Learners (ELs) must be screened and placed in EL services if they qualify. Additionally, all ELs must take the annual English language proficiency assessment (ACCESS). Districts must make annual placement determinations for ELs based on the ACCESS scores. ​

Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment (DLM-AA)

The ​Dynamic Learning MapsTM​ (DLM®) offers an innovative way for all students with significant cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their learning throughout the school year via the DLM Alternate Assessment System. Traditional multiple-choice testing does not always allow students with significant cognitive disabilities to fully demonstrate their knowledge. By integrating assessment with instruction during the year and providing a year-end assessment, the DLM system maps student learning aligned with college and career readiness standards in English language arts and mathematics.
The DLM system is accessible by students with significant cognitive disabilities, including those who also have hearing or visual disabilities, and/or neuromuscular, orthopedic, or other motor disabilities. DLM assessments are flexible. They allow for the use of common assistive technologies in addition to keyboard and mouse and touch-screen technology.

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