Instructional Services


We appreciate your investment in your child’s education and want to share with you some information about state and federally required assessments. Federal law requires the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to administer certain assessments to all students who attend public schools in the state, including students who attend charter schools. Below is a list of district, state, and federally required assessments.

ISBE Superintendent Letter to Families Regarding State Assessments

ISBE Assessment Inventory

Illinois Learning Standards

The Illinois Learning Standards

The Illinois Learning Standards define what all students in all Illinois public schools should know and be able to do as a result of their elementary and secondary schooling.

Why do we need standards?

Among the reasons we need standards are:

  • To set uniform high expectations for all students;

  • To provide a basis for equal opportunity to learn;

  • To communicate to students, families, and educators the intended results of schooling;

  • To ease transitions for students who move from school to school and from grade to grade;

  • To specify exactly what will be assessed in order to return more useful information about student achievement;

  • To identify what students must know and be able to do

The Illinois Learning Standards establish clear and consistent goals for learning that will prepare our children for college and the workforce. These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate from high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The Standards are (1) research and evidence based, (2) aligned with college and work expectations, and (3) rigorous.

Read the standards.

Are there standards for other subjects?

Yes, the Illinois State Board of Education have State Standards for fine arts, world languages, physical education and health, science, and social studies. Click here for more information on the Illinois Learning Standards.

Measuring Student Achievement

When it comes to measuring student progress, our focus in on creating and using a balanced assessment system in our schools and classrooms. A balanced system includes using a variety of tools that support the teaching/learning process. One assessment will not do everything. Our assessment system includes the following components:

Accountability Assessments/State Assessments

The purpose of a state assessment is to provide an independent insight into each child's progress, as well as each school's performance. This information is essential for parents, schools, districts and states in their efforts to ensure that every child has the opportunity to succeed, regardless of race, ethnic group, gender or family income.

Summative Assessments

Summative assessments are measures of student achievement, that are administered after learning has occurred. Summative assessments are found at the classroom, district and state level and results can be and used in grading, instructional decision making, and program evaluation.

Formative Assessments

A process used by teachers and students during instruction that provides feedback to students about their learning. It is ongoing and teachers use formative assessment to adjust their instruction to ensure student learning. Formative assessment is found at the classroom level and happens minute-to-minute or in short cycles. Formative assessment is not graded or used in accountability systems. The feedback involved in formative assessment is descriptive in nature so that students know what they need to do next to improve learning

See the full of Harlem assessments here.

ISBE Assessment Inventory

Contact Us

Harlem Administration Center
8605 N. 2nd Street
Machesney Park, IL 61115
(815) 654-5441
815) 654-4535 Fax

Dr. Michelle Erb
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Robin Chandler
Administrative Assistant

Rebecca Logan
Director of Elementary Education
(815) 654-4500 ext. 1049

Jennifer McDonald
Secretary to Director of Elementary Education
(815) 654-4500 ext. 1038

Jake Hubert
Director of Secondary Education
815-654-4500 ext. 1034

Debbie Williams
Secretary to the Director of Secondary Education
815-654-4500 ext. 1061

Susie Rogers
Grant and Curriculum Secretary
(815) 654-4500 ext. 1037

Debby Kirker
Information Systems Specialist
(815) 654-4500 ext. 1039