Benchmark Assessments
Three times per year, Lake Bluff Elementary School District 65 students are screened in the areas of reading and math.  The purpose of the screenings is to provide our teachers with data about what it is your students know and are able to do and to assist in the instructional planning process. Students in Kindergarten and First Grade are assessed using a tool called the STAR Assessment and students in grades two through eight are assessed using the NWEA/MAP Assessment.

About the STAR and NWEA/MAP Assessments
STAR is a highly reliable, computer-based, adaptive assessment that measures student understanding in a variety of areas.  Since it is computer-based, it is able to adjust to the level of the student as s/he answers questions.  For example, it starts out at the appropriate grade level and then, if a student gets a question correct, the questions become more difficult until it has identified the instructional level for the student.  These assessments take between 20 and 45 minutes for each subject (Reading and Math).

Helpful Tips for Parents
  • It is helpful for your children to get a full night's sleep and to arrive on time to school.
  • Eating well-balanced meals including a healthy breakfast can help students to perform at their best.
  • Talk with your children about the assessments by reminding them that they need to try their hardest.