In addition to assessments taken by all District 34 students, EL and Bilingual students will all take the ACCESS (Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State to State) test annually. ACCESS is an English language proficiency test given annually to measure a student's progress and proficiency in reading, writing, listening and speaking in English. ACCESS is a required assessment in the state of Illinois for all students eligible for EL services and is given during January and February.
EL and Bilingual students also participate in all standardized assessments district-wide including: NWEA, PARCC, Aimsweb- R-CBM and M-CBM, and STAR (Kindergarten only) Students in our bilingual Spanish classrooms also participate in progress monitoring of reading skills in Spanish and the MIDE. They are assessed on Spanish comprehension on the nationally normed Aprenda exam in the fall and spring.