Grades 3-5 Begin PARCC Testing on March 2nd

Please be aware Hawthorn Elementary South will begin the PARCC state testing the week of March 2, 2015.   Students in grades 3-5 will be taking a total of five tests – three assessments in Language Arts and two in math.  Students will take one assessment per day.

Grade level testing will be:

Week of March 2Fifth grade will test

Week of March 9Fourth grade will test

Week of March 16Third Grade will test

What can parents do to prepare?

  • Make sure your child eats an appropriate breakfast.
  • Allow for time to get enough rest.
  • Email ahead to let your classroom teacher know of absences or doctor appointments.  If possible, avoid appointments during your testing week.
  • For more specifics on the PARCC test, please refer to the Assessments page on the District website.
  • If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jill Martin, Christy Hunter or your classroom teacher.


January is a busy time for us here at Elementary South. Students will be participating in a variety of assessments to measure their progress so far this year. Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade have begun to take the Winter MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) in both reading and math. These assessments will continue into next week.

Students in Kindergarten and first grade have been completing the Winter AIMSweb benchmark assessment which will measure their progress in Early Literacy and Numeracy skills. The tests are individually administered and are each one minute in duration.  They help us to identify students who may need additional support or enrichment.

The tests provide important information for us on how to best help your child learn and grow.

State Assessment Update and FAQ

In the spring of 2015, Illinois, along with many other states, will be assessing our students in a very different way.  Please take a few moments to look at the information below from the National PTA and our State Superintendent on how these changes will affect our students in the coming years.  As always, we thank you for your continued support of your child’s education at Hawthorn.


PARCC Superintendent’s Letter     PARCC Superintendent’s Letter (Spanish)

Parent’s Guide to New Assessments

For additional information you can access the Illinois State Board of Education website.

Changes to ISAT

In light of new Common Core Standards, the performance levels of the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) have been changed. Please read more in the letter that is being sent home to parents on February 8th.