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.

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