The dates below represent the time period during which Chicago public schools must take standardized tests.
Jan. 11 – 15 CASE
Feb. 1 – 11 ISAT
May 3 – 7 ITBS, TAP
May 24 – 28 CASE
CASE: Chicago Academic Standards Exams
These are multiple-choice and open-ended tests linked to Chicago’s academic standards and curriculum frameworks. So far, tests are being administered for English 1 and 2, Algebra, Geometry, World Studies, U.S. History, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Earth/Space Sciences and Environmental Sciences. They are administered mainly to freshmen and sophomores.
ISAT: Illinois Standards Assessment Tests
These are mainly multiple-choice tests linked to state standards. A writing sample is required for the writing test and two short answer questions are part of the math and reading tests.
Grades 3, 5, 8 and 10: reading, math and writing.
Grades 4, 7 and 11: social science and science.
ITBS: Illinois Tests of Basic Skills
TAP: Tests of Achievement and Proficiency
These are multiple-choice tests aimed at demonstrating how well students perform in relationship to a national norm group. Chicago uses a 1988 norm.