How We Use Assessments

  • District 109 uses assessments to gather information about student learning that will inform instructional decisions. We give some assessments frequently to help us decide what comes next within lessons, when to reteach topics, or to diagnose problems. These assessments are called formative assessments; they are formal and informal processes teachers and students use to gather evidence to improving learning.

    We give other assessments periodically, and use this information accumulated over time to determine how much learning has occurred. We use the results of these assessments when assigning progress report grades or identifying students for special services. Less frequent assessments, such as state-mandated standardized tests, are used to inform the community about the efficacy of school programs or to decide whether to continue or discontinue a particular program.  These are examples of summative assessments, which provide evidence of student achievement for the purpose of making a judgement about student competence or program effectiveness.

    The more information we have about individual student learning, the better we can adjust instruction to ensure that all students continue to achieve.

  • Classroom Assessments

  • MAP Testing

  • PARCC Testing

Assessment Calendar

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Learning & Assessment Services

  • The Deerfield Schools District believes in the practice of differentiation for all students. Differentiation is an instructional philosophy and practice that includes modifying product, process, content, and learning environment based upon student interest, student readiness, and individual student profiles. Some examples of classroom differentiation may include:

    • Compacting
    • Choice Menus
    • Independent Study
    • Learning Contracts
    • Tiered Assignments/Products
    • Guided Reading Groups
    • Flexible Grouping
    • Literature Circles
    • Questioning Techniques
    • Socratic Seminars

    If you have questions, please contact:

    Amy Rubin
    Director for Learning and Assessment Services
    (847) 945-1844 x7207

District Academic Events: Speech Tournament & Young Authors

  • District 109 students have the opportunity to participate in fun learning events throughout the year, including:

    • Park Johnson Memorial Speech Tournament: The annual Park Johnson Memorial Speech Tournament is held each year in February. Students in grades 3-5 can sign up to participate. Information is sent out to students and families in January. 
    • Young Authors: The Young Authors’ Conference, held each year in May at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, is an event sponsored by the Illinois Language and Literacy Council, in conjunction with the Illinois Reading Council. Designed as a celebration to honor exceptional writing by students in grades K through 8, the conference provides an opportunity for these young writers to meet published authors and to hear how the authors themselves create the characters and stories that have become their books. The Illinois Reading Council’s website has details about the statewide conference, which District 109 winners will attend, and the documents section of this page includes a folder with Young Authors documents.

Coming Soon!

  • Check back for detailed information here about curriculum and other teaching and learning topics.