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Benchmark Testing for Summer 2020

Our benchmark exams are used to determine placement in English, mathematics and world languages courses for incoming freshmen (including students who transfer into the district) and for some new students in grades 10-12. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the school will remain closed to students and staff during the summer months. The following changes to the benchmark process will be made:

Mathematics Benchmark Information
For students transferring into Stevenson from outside Consortium 125 schools, the mathematics course placement will be determined based on a complete transcript from the previous school and curriculum review of the student’s previous course. A full topic-by-topic syllabus of the previous course is requested. A benchmark/placement exam will be administered when additional data about a student’s mathematical proficiency is needed. Families must be registered as district residents through our Student Services Division before a transcript and course curriculum review is initiated. (To verify residency, please contact the Student Services Division at 847-415-4500.) Contact Valerie Tomkiel (vtomkiel@d125.org) for details around the transcript/curriculum review. 

World Languages Benchmark Information
Placement in world languages courses is determined by student performance on a language-specific assessment that can be completed remotely. Students who have prior coursework or experience in Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Spanish or Latin, and are interested in potential placement in one of these language programs beyond the introductory level, may sign up for the corresponding language benchmark exam.

  • For Chinese, French, German, and Spanish, students will complete the listening, reading and writing portions of the AAPPL exam.
  • Students interested in completing a placement exam for Hebrew will complete the listening, reading and writing portions of the STAMP exam.
  • For Latin, students will complete the ALIRA assessment.

Please contact your student’s middle school/junior high school prior to registering for benchmark testing at Stevenson to verify your student didn’t already take the exam earlier in the year.

For students who are taking a World Languages benchmark exam, the exam will be administered online either Friday, July 17, 2020 or Friday, July 24, 2020. Contact Sylvia Lima at slima@d125.org to register for either date no later than the Monday before the exam date. Families must be registered as district residents through our Student Services Division before testing can take place. (To verify residency, please contact the Student Services Division at 847-415-4500.)

English Benchmark Information/Registration
Option 1: Students who are able to provide a standardized reading and/or English test score (from the MAP, AIMS or Iowa tests, for example) do not need additional assessment. Contact Doug Lillydahl at dlillydahl@d125.org to submit such scores at any time. 

Option 2: For students who cannot provide a standardized reading and/or English test score, recommendations/placement in Freshman English and literacy courses is determined by a reading assessment of the student’s ability to comprehend and analyze text. Students should expect to read texts, answer questions in argumentative paragraphs, and answer online multiple choice questions. This test is also open to students who wish to reassess and change their initial placement.

For students who are taking an English benchmark exam, the exam will be administered on Friday, July 17, or Friday, July 24. Contact Denise Perkins at dperkins@d125.org to register. Families must be registered as district residents through our Student Services Division before testing can take place. (To verify residency, please contact the Student Services Division at 847-415-4500.)