8th Grade Testing

8th Grade Testing for Freshman Year 

OPRFHS administers tests to our incoming 8th graders to help us better understand their academic instructional needs for core academic subjects. Eighth grade residents of Oak Park and River Forest who intend to enroll in the ninth grade year at OPRFHS are required to take the tests, except that students who take the DLM instead of PARCC can opt out of the test.

We prioritize the safety of our students.  While we are asking that students test in-person at OPRFHS, we will adhere to strict standards of safety such as: mask wearing, physical distancing, assigned entry doors, self-certification and temperature checks. Eighth grade testing this year will be administered online, and to help maintain safety standards, we are dividing the test administration into two test dates.   

Eighth grade testing this year will take place at OPRFHS on Saturday, November 14th and Saturday December 5th. For all children currently residing and attending a sender school in Oak Park or River Forest, parents will be notified by October 23rd of their child's assigned date and time for the tests. 

For issues of safety due to the pandemic, we have worked to balance the number of students equally across the test sessions. For students who miss their assigned test session due to illness or other unanticipated reason, there will be a make-up test session on Saturday December 12th.  

Due to the situation with Covid-19, we understand if families are unable to have their student come into the building to test.  If you are unable to have your child test in-person and would like to have your child test remotely, please click this Google Form Link and complete to indicate that you would like the remote testing option.  If you select this option, please ensure you have a distraction-free testing environment, device with internet access and WiFi Internet access for your student

All students taking the tests will need to use their own school-issued device such as Chromebook, iPad or laptop.  If a student does not have a school-issued device, they may use their own personal device (Chromebook, iPad or computer).  If a student needs to borrow an OPRFHS device, we ask that they test in-person.  

Testing information:

  • STAR Math and Reading Screeners: 34-item computer-adaptive assessment.  A parent guide to the STAR assessments is available at https://www.renaissance.com/2016/09/09/parents-guide-star-assessments/ .
  • Spanish or French language tests for students currently enrolled in Spanish or French. Other language options at OPRF are Italian, Chinese, German, Japanese and Latin. No testing is required for these languages, unless your child has significant prior experience in the language. For any questions about World Language assessments, please contact Ms. Claudia Sahagun, World Languages Division Head, at csahagun@oprfhs.org.

You will receive the test results at a later date with communication about your student’s schedule options. You and your child may find the test results useful in planning high school courses to build upon academic strengths and address areas for academic improvement. 

District 200 works with staff from the middle schools to implement testing accommodations consistent with a child’s IEP or 504 Plan.

If you have any questions about the tests or the use of the test results, please contact Kristen McKee at kmckee@oprfhs.org.  For questions about testing with accommodations, please contact your IEP or 504 Case Manager/Special Education department at your current school.