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The PARCC and Science assessments will be administered beginning Monday, March 19 and continuing through Thursday, March 29. These assessments are used by the Illinois State Board of Education as a measure of accountability for all public schools. All 3rd-8th grade students will take the PARCC test which assesses Reading and Math proficiency and all 5th and 8th grade students will take the Illinois Science Assessment.

This year ISBE will be evaluating each school by assigning a “grade” 75% of which will be based on the results of these assessments. The grades will then be published comparing school districts throughout the state. While the State is using these assessments as the primary factor in evaluating and holding public schools accountable, we want to continue to stress that they are only one indicator of a child’s knowledge and performance.

The standards in these assessments are embedding in our curriculum however; they are by no means all we teach. We remain committed to providing high quality instruction in all areas; reading, math, science, writing, social studies, physical education, fine arts, Spanish and S.T.E.M.. These opportunities allow our students to learn and excel in a wide range of areas so that they can develop a passion for learning and motivation to achieve.

We do not want our students to feel pressure or anxiety while taking these assessments. We just ask them to do their best since we expect that from our students in everything that they do. Tests such as these can help to prepare students to take future assessments such as the Explore or PSAT for entrance into high school or the ACT and SAT for entrance into college.

Our goal is to complete most, if not all of the test sessions the first week to minimize the disruption to instruction. We encourage parents and guardians to make sure your child is in attendance during the first week of testing to prevent the need for make-up tests which consume additional instruction time. We also encourage you to make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and eats a good breakfast.

Students will take three to four tests in Math and in Reading/ English Language Arts depending on their grade level. Students in 5th and 8th grade will also take an additional test in Science. Depending on the grade level and subject, students will have between 60 and 90 minutes to complete each test. Total testing time this year has been reduced following feedback from parents and administrator throughout the State.

Our goal is to make the most of testing week. We will hold a “Kick off testing week breakfast” on Monday, March 19 from 8:30AM-9:00AM. As an incentive to give their best effort, students that maximize the use the provided testing time will be entered into a drawing for a lunch from Obee’s Sub Shoppe. Last year our Math performance improved by 14.3% and Reading by 32.5%. This year, our goal is to improve our overall performance in Math by 10%, Science 10% and Reading 5%. If we reach our goals, we will celebrate by taking ALL 3rd through 8th grade students who participated in the assessments hiking to Starved Rock. We will also recognize individuals earning “exceeds” with a certificate of achievement.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or myself. Thank you for your continued support of our students and school district!


Mr. Ryan Linnig
Dimmick C.C.S.D. #175