There are multiple assessments that students in CPS take each year. Below is a brief description and links for more information.
Students in grades K-2 are assessed with STEP™, three times per year. STEP, or Strategic Teaching and Evaluation of Progress, is an acclaimed system designed to help students from K to second grade learn to read. The system provides tools to help teachers assess students' literacy levels, onsite training to support educators as they move children through the 13-level STEP process, data showing growth and performance at the student, classroom, school, district and network levels, and a host of additional resources aimed at helping all children reach literacy proficiency by 3rd grade. STEP provides literacy growth for students and professional growth for teachers and parents.
To learn more, visit https://uchicagoimpact.org/step
Students in grades 2-8 are assessed in math and reading using the MAP assessment. Students take a middle of the year assessment to monitor progress and then a summative assessment each spring. The results of the spring assessment are used for school accountability and factor into the school rating.
Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student’s learning level—precisely measuring student progress and growth for each individual.
To learn more, visit https://www.nwea.org/assessments/map/
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a group of states working together to develop an assess that measure progress toward the Common Core Standards. Information from the assessment is used by teachers and parents to identify where a student needs help, or is excelling, so they are able to enhance instruction to meet individual student needs.
To learn more, visit http://www.parcconline.org/about