2022 Assessment Calendar

Grade Level Type Assessment Assessment window
Kindergarten State

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) 

KIDS is a state-mandated tool in which teachers observe the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that most impact long-term student success of children entering kindergarten.



3rd & 5th Grade District


The Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) is a computer-administered assessment that measures learned reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Reasoning abilities are good predictors of success in school.

Kindergarten-8th Grade State


ACCESS is administered to all English Language Learner students. ACCESS is designed to measure English language learners' social and academic English proficiency. It assesses social and instructional English used within the school context and the language associated with language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies across the four language domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing).
January 12-March 4
3rd-8th Grade State

Illinois Assessment of Readiness 

The IAR is a computer-administered state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school. All students in these grade levels are tested on the English Language Arts and Mathematics Illinois Learning Standards.

5th & 8th Grade State

Illinois Science Assessment

The ISA is a computer-administered assessment that is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for science. The ISA represents Illinois’ commitment to preparing all students for college and careers, including in the high-demand science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

2nd-8th Grade District

NWEA Measure of Academic Progress

The computerized MAP format, aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards, assesses students in reading and mathematics. MAP is an adaptive test, which means that test questions adapt to each student’s ability level as they navigate the assessment.




Kindergarten & 1st Grade District


aimswebPlus™ is an assessment and reporting system that provides national and local performance and growth norms for the screening and progress monitoring of math and reading skills.

January & May


4th-8th Grade  

Five Essentials Survey

5Essentials survey provides insights into schools’ organizational strengths and areas of opportunity across the five essential factors for school improvement: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction.


If you have questions about these assessments, please email Kristine Seifert, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, at kseifert@rtds26.org.