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Mundelein High School Testing   Mundelein High School participates in multiple assessment programs. Please use the tabs above for additional information.

Testing & Curriculum News

2015 PARCC Testing:
  • Testing dates are during April and May
  • Click the PARCC tab above for detailed info

STAR testing

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8th 9th 10th

 ACT Standardized Exams

Each year, Mundelein High School administers standardized exams from ACT. Students take the first exam in this series, the EXPLORE exam, as part of the 8th grade placement process. 9th grade students participate in the second exam in this series, the PLAN exam. The PLAN exam is directly aligned with the ACT exam, which every 11th grade student takes as part of the Illinois Prairie State Achievement Exam (PSAE).

8th Grade: EXPLORE 

2014-2015 Letter Home to Parents
English and Spanish Versions

9th Grade: PLAN

2015 Letter Home to Parents:
English / Spanish

10th Grade: Practice ACT

2015 Letter Home to Parents:
English / Spanish


For additional information regarding either the PLAN, EXPLORE, or Practice ACT exams, contact:
Anthony Kroll at (847) 949-2200 ext. 1326


 11th Grade: PARCC

The state has retired the PSAE. It will be replaced by PARCC.

Performance-Based Assessment (PBA)
 PBA - English 1
 Session 1  Session 2  Session 3
 90 minutes  105 minutes  75 minutes
 April 13, 2015  April 13, 2015  April 14, 2015
 Make-up: April 16, 2015
 PBA - Algebra 1
 Session 1  Session 2  
 105 minutes  90 minutes  
 April 15, 2015  April 15, 2015  
 Make-up: April 17, 2015

End-of-Year Assessment (EOY)
 EOY - English 1
 Session 1  Session 2
 75 minutes  75 minutes
 May 7, 2015  May 7, 2015
 Make-up: May 8, 2015
 EOY - Algebra 1
 Session 1  Session 2
 105 minutes  90 minutes
May 11, 2015  May 11, 2015
 Make-up: May 12, 2015

What is PARCC?
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is the new state test and accountability measure for Illinois students. It is based on the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will assess students in math and English language arts. Illinois is a member of the PARCC consortium with several other states across the nation. A large number of Illinois educators have been involved in the development of this assessment. PARCC will replace the ISAT and PSAE assessments in Illinois. The new assessment adds new elements to the old multiple-choice format and al-lows for a better measure of students’ skills and abilities.

Who will take PARCC?
For Spring 2015 school year, students enrolled in English 1 and Algebra 1 are required to take PARCC. The specific high school courses are determined by the district.

What is required?
PARCC is part of a larger balanced assessment system but for the 2014-15 school year, all that is required is that students take both parts of the summative exam: the Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) and the End-of-Year Assessment (EOY).


For additional information regarding the PARCC, contact:
James Ongtengco at (847) 949-2200 ext. 1260



11th Grade: ACT


  • The ACT will be taken by our juniors and administered by MHS staff on March 3, 2015.
  • Students desiring to take the ACT additional times may register on their own to do so
ACT Prep:
2014-2015 Discovery Learning Class Schedule



For additional information regarding the National ACT exam, contact the ACT/SAT Coordinator:
Tracy Carlson at (847) 949-2200 ext. 1291


NWEA MAP Assessment

It takes more than a measure of height to track your child’s growth. You probably use many different kinds of measures – a bathroom scale, birthday pictures, and increasing clothing sizes as your child has grown and matured. Classroom test scores and ACT are not the only evaluation Mundelein High School uses to measure progress of your child. MHS also uses the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment.

No single test can give a full picture of your child’s knowledge and skills. The MAP assessment provides one measure of the whole picture. MHS is beginning its third year using this assessment to determine how your child is progressing. MAP is a computerized adaptive test that tailors the test to a student’s achievement level based on the abilities of each individual student. The computerized system adjusts the difficulty level of the questions based on the pattern of correct and incorrect answers. From the scores, teachers can see where strengths and deficiencies lie with each student. Using these scores, teachers and students can work together to strengthen and improve those skills that need reinforcement.

Student Population

Primarily, Mundelein High School uses MAP testing for all students who have Individual Education Plans (IEP) and 9th grade students entering at the Introduction to Algebra or English 1 Essentials course. Testing typically will occur in September and April. However, an additional test window can be utilized in January if necessary. Students taking MAP tests may be assessed in mathematics, reading, or language usage.

Student Score Range and RIT Score

MAP assessments provide an RIT (Rasch Unit) student score range for your child and is a measure of individual achievement. You will notice there is a score range of three points on either side of the RIT score with the actual RIT score in bold print. The range indicates the possible variation in the RIT score that would be likely if the MAP assessment was taken again in a reasonably close time period.

District Average RIT and Norm Group Average

The district average RIT score indicates the average score of all students taking the test in District 120. The norm group average indicates the average score of all students in the nation at the same grade level taking the test at the same time of the year. The national norms include results from more than 3 million students in school districts representing all 50 states and 29 countries.

Student Growth/Typical Growth

Once MHS has a full year of growth to assess, you will see an indicator of student growth and typical growth in the RIT score compared to the RIT score from the testing session a year ago. Just as a doctor has a chart showing the most common height of people at certain ages, the typical growth is a comparison of other students in the nation in the same grade at the same time.

Student Percentile Range

The percentile range that is indicated on the Student Progress Report tells you how your child is doing compared nationally to other students in the same grade. For example, if your 9th grader has a percentile score of 81% in math, your child scored better than 81% of 9th graders nationally who have taken the MAP test.

Goals Performance

You will notice that both math and reading have goal performance indicators that provide even further information on how your child performed in the various goal areas tested for each subject area. The goal area performance indicators help you and your child’s teacher get a picture of your child’s strengths and areas needing more attention.

The Lexile range is located in the reading section of his/her report. A Lexile text measure is a value assigned to a book. This value is based on the difficulty level and the sentence length. A Lexile does not take into account whether the content of a book would be appropriate for your child, so a Lexile cannot be the only factor in selecting books. The Lexile range provides information on the difficulty of text that can be understood by the child 75% of the time. Lexile scores are reported in 150 point ranges.

Lexiles are helpful because targeting reading material to your child’s reading level improves comprehension and motivation. The Lexile range helps identify text that is "just right" for your reader. However, it is important to note that text that is "too easy" or "too hard" may be okay for a targeted purpose or for the opportunity for your child to simply be free to select books that seem interesting or fun to read.

Text that is below the Lexile range or "too easy" may be used on occasion to build fluency (speed and accuracy) or when reading high-interest materials for fun and relaxation or even for a specific instructional purpose. Text that is above the Lexile ronge3 or "too hard" may be used when you read to your child to develop listening comprehension and provide exposure to difficult content and concepts. Also, it may be fine for a child to stretch and try something hard because the topic is so interesting. Text that is "just right" or within the Lexile range is best used for instruction and independent reading. Your child will understand most of what he reads, but still be challenged to learn new vocabulary and practice comprehension skills.

More information on Lexile can be found at: www.lexile.com



For additional information regarding MAP testing, contact:
Anthony Kroll at (847) 949-2200 ext. 1326


Advanced Placement Course and Testing Information


CollegeBoard Links:

  • General AP Information
  • 2014-2015 CollegeBoard Bulletin for AP Students and Parents
  • Students must create an account with College Board at www.apscore.org  in order to access AP scores online.

    For the first time ever, AP scores will only be available online.  Scores will not be sent to the student’s home.  Students are requested to submit their email address on the exam answer sheet.   College Board will send an email notification describing how to access the AP scores.

Mundelein High School AP News:

Mundelein High School offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement Courses in these areas of study:

Art Design Art Drawing
American Government and Politics Biology
Calculus AB Calculus BC
Chemistry Computer Science
Economics English Language
English Literature Environmental Science
European History French
Music Theory Psychology
Spanish Statistics
United States History World History




For additional information regarding the AP exams, contact:
Stacey Gorman at (847) 949-2200 ext. 1303




The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
It's a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

Benefits of PSAT/NMSQT:
Reach Your College Goals (for students)
Help Your Teenager Get on the Path to College (for parents)

Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT.  This booklet has information about the different sections of the test and a practice test.


About the PSAT/NMSQT?

 Visit www.collegeboard.com for more information. 


October 18, 2014


Report Time: 7:45 am
End Time: 11:00 am

 Cost:  Free to student but students must pre-register
Registration: Register available through Monday, September 29, 2014
What to Bring: No. 2 pencils and eraser
Approved calculator




SAT Test

  • Additional fees apply if you register late or make changes to your test type, center or date after registering
  • Sunday administrations usually occur the day after each Saturday test date for students who cannot test on Saturday due to religious observance




For additional information regarding the SAT exam, contact the ACT/SAT Coordinator:
Tracy Carlson at (847) 949-2200 ext. 1291

NameAscending SortJob TitlePhoneContact
Gorman, Stacey Director of Curriculum 847-949-2200 Ext. 1592
Ness, Jan Director of Curriculum Secretary 847-949-2200 Ext. 1303


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