Assessment and Research

  • The office of Assessment and Research measures and communicates student learning and growth to the LTHS community. 

  • Purpose

    The Assessment and Research office supports student learning through data collection, data analysis, and data-driven decision making. When interpreted correctly and used in conjunction with other data points, assessment data helps teachers and administrators identify areas of strength and opportunities for growth. This information helps drive student programing and instructional practices to improve teaching and learning for ALL students at Lyons Township High School.

  • Assessments

    The Office of Assessment and Research oversees the following assessments:

    Assessment Name


    Assessment Window

    ACCESS for ELLs

    ACCESS for ELLs is a state-required English  language proficiency assessment for all English Language Learners.  Students are assessed in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This test is required by the federal and state government for all EL students in grades 9 -12. Students who have waived EL services are still required to test.

    January - February 2024

    Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

    A standardized assessment that measures student mastery of specific course content. Students who enroll in AP classes are strongly encouraged to take the corresponding AP exam to earn potential college credit. 

    May 2024

    Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)

    The ASVAB assesses abilities and skills that predict a student’s future success in the military. Scores from this assessment can be used for entrance into the military and to help students find a military job that fits their skill set. The ASVAB is an optional assessment recommended for 11th and 12th graders interested in a military career.

    November 2023

    Dynamic Learning Maps - Alternate Assessment (DLM-AA)

    The Dynamic Learning Maps – Alternate Assessment (DLM-AA) is the alternate English, Mathematics, and Science assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. This assessment is required by the Illinois State Board of Education for students in grades 9 -11 and select grade 12 students. 

    March - May 2024

    Illinois Science Assessment

    The Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) is the state science assessment for students in grade 11. The ISA is a general science assessment that covers life science, physical science, and earth and space science. Engineering and technology practices are embedded throughout the assessment. 

    March 2024

    NWEA MAP Growth

    NWEA MAP Growth is a computer adaptive assessment used to measure student achievement and growth in Reading and Mathematics. Students in English I Prep and all levels of Algebra 1 will complete the assessment three times a year. Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will complete NWEA MAP Growth if they have an IEP goal for reading and/or mathematics achievement.

    Fall 2023

    Winter 2024

    Spring 2024


    The PSAT/NMSQT is a preliminary SAT that provides students, parents/guardians, teachers, and school staff information about a student’s academic growth. The PSAT/NMSQT is used to identify National Merit Scholars and award merit scholarships. This assessment is administered to all Grade 11 students.

    October 2023

    SAT Suite of Assessments

    The SAT Suite of Assessments comprises the PSAT 8/9, PSAT 10, and SAT. Students are assessed using the PSAT 8/9 during the spring of their freshman year, the PSAT 10 during the spring of their sophomore year, and the SAT during the spring of their junior year. The SAT suite is aligned to Illinois Learning Standards in English Language Arts and mathematics. The SAT is a graduation requirement for all Grade 11 students. Students who do not complete the assessment in Grade 11 must test in Grade 12.

    April 2024

  • National Assessments

    College admissions examinations may be required of students who plan to pursue higher education. A student who wishes to take an additional SAT assessment may register at LTHS School Code: 142483

    The anticipated test dates for the 2023 – 2024 school year are below:

    • August 26, 2023*
    • October 7, 2023
    • November 4, 2023*
    • December 2, 2023
    • March 9, 2024*
    • May 4, 2024*

    *LTHS hosts.   

  • Testing and Technology Disclaimer

    Cell phones, smart watches, wireless headphones (airpods), and personal electronic devices of any kind are prohibited in exam rooms AND during breaks. Students who access (touch) a cell phone, smart watch, wireless headphones, or personal electronic device during the test or during a break will be dismissed from testing, their device will be confiscated, and no score or refund will be provided.

  • Testing Accommodations

    Students and parent(s)/guardian(s) should reach out to their 504 case manager or IEP case manager for questions regarding testing accommodations.

  • Test Preparation

    Parents/Guardians can assist their students achieve their best performance by doing the following:

    • Encourage students to work hard and study throughout the year;
    • Ensure students get a good night’s sleep the night before exams;
    • Ensure students eat well the morning of the exam, particularly ensuring they eat sufficient protein;
    • Remind students and emphasize the importance of good performance on standardized testing;
    • Ensure students are on time and prepared for tests, with appropriate materials;
    • Teach students the importance of honesty and ethics during the performance of these and other tests;
    • Encourage students to relax on testing day.

    The Office of Assessment and Research offers three different standardized test prep classes. More information can be found at

    PSAT/NMSQT Prep Class
    This course will provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with each subtest of the PSAT, review essential English and math concepts, learn and apply PSAT-focused test-taking strategies, and practice on several recently-released PSAT tests. Participation in the course may help students qualify for recognition from the National Merit Scholarship Program.

    SAT Prep Class
    This course will provide students with an opportunity to become familiar with each subtest of the SAT, review essential English and math concepts, learn and apply SAT-focused test-taking strategies, and practice on several recently-released SAT tests.

    SAT Readiness Course for Students with an IEP
    This SAT preparation course is specifically designed to accommodate the learning styles of students with IEPs by focusing on key concepts and learning strategies necessary to manage the SAT assessment.

  • Surveys

    The Office of Assessment and Research also supports student perception surveys.

    Panorama Student Perception Survey

    Students and teachers  at Lyons Township High School District 204 will complete a 15-20 minute Panorama Student Perception Survey in the fall and spring of each school year. All participants will answer questions regarding overall school safety, climate, teacher-student relationships, sense of belonging, engagement, rigorous expectations, and diversity and inclusion. 

    Equal Opportunity Schools Survey

    Students at Lyons Township High School District 204 will complete a Survey in the fall of each school year. Questions on the survey are designed to inquire about future plans, identify trusted adult(s) at LT, measure belonging, determine supports necessary to help students reach their academic goals, determine individual student learning mindsets, and identify barriers to enrollment in higher level courses. 

    5Essentials Survey

    The 5Essentials Survey identifies five indicators that lead to improved outcomes for all students, including improved attendance and larger test score gains. The five indicators that positively affect school success are: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environments, and Ambitious Instruction. Students, teachers, and families will complete this survey during the winter of each school year. 

    Freshman Preparedness Survey

    In the spring of their freshman year, students complete a survey about their transition for junior high/middle school to high school. The survey asks students to report on the junior high experiences and their perceptions on how well they were prepared for high school.