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

Testing & Curriculum News

Register Now for the 2016 PSAT
  • Register online by Friday, August 19, 2016
  • The exam day is Wednesday, October 19, 2016
  • Click on the "PSAT/NMSQT" tab above for more information

2016-2017 Testing Dates Announced
PARCC (grades 3 - 8)
March 6 - April 28 Select 30 consecutive days

SAT (high school juniors)
Test Day: Wednesday, April 5
Make-Up Day: Tuesday, April 25

DLM-AA (alternative assessment for grades 3-8 and 11)
March 6 - April 28

Illinois Science Assessment (5th grade, 8th grade, and Bio 1)
March 1 - April 28

January 9 - February 10

STAR testing

Testing Link

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: 

This year we used the STAR online assessment by Renaissance Learning as our incoming ninth grade placement exam. The STAR assessment is an online test that provides timely feedback on students’ literacy and math abilities. STAR assessments are computer adaptive which means the difficulty level of students tests are adjusted as they move through the assessment. The questions become more individualized based on how students answer the previous questions which makes the exam experience more accurate and personalized.

The STAR assessments directly measure the Common Core State Standards (the new IL State Standards) that are taught in our English, math, and literacy based courses. The STAR test results will serve as one data point among many in the placement process. Mundelein High School will also consider the student’s fall mathematics and reading MAP scores, other standardized tests administered at the middle school level, past course achievement, and eighth grade teacher recommendations.

2015-2016 Placement Letter Home to Parents
English / Spanish

9th Grade: PLAN

10th Grade: Practice ACT



For additional information regarding either the 8th grade exam, PLAN or Practice ACT exams, contact:
Stacey Gorman at (847) 949-2200 ext. 1592



ISBE PARCC Assessment Letter

Attendance & Testing Schedule for PARCC

Date Student Attendance Students Taking Tests  
April 5
All Students
  • Scheduled half day "C" Schedule
  • Students enrolled in Algebra 1 will complete 2 portions of the PARCC math exam
  • Testing 7:45AM - 11:00AM
April 7
All Students
  • Late start for ALL students except students taking PARCC test for Algebra
  • Algebra I students will take the third PARCC math exam
 Please see PARCC & ACT room assignments posted outside the guidance office.

Tuesday, April 5 (Scheduled "C" Day) 
  • Students enrolled in Algebra 1 will complete 2 portions of the PARCC math exam on April 5
  • Test administration will start at 7:45am and will be completed by 11:00am
  • Buses will run a normal morning pick-up route, students dismissed at 11:00am
Thursday, April 7
  • Students enrolled in Algebra 1 will complete the 3rd portion of the PARCC math exam on April 7
  • Test administration will start at 7:45am and will be completed during the late-start portion of the day.
  • Buses will run a normal morning pick-up route in addition to the late start route. 


For additional information regarding the PARCC, contact:
Thomas Buenik at (847) 949-2200 ext. 1262



11th Grade: ACT


  • The ACT will be taken by our juniors and administered by MHS staff on March 15, 2016.
  • Students desiring to take the ACT additional times may register on their own to do so
ACT Prep:
2015-2016 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:
Jamie DiCarlo at (847) 949-2200 ext. 1414


Advanced Placement Course and Testing Information


CollegeBoard Links:

  • General AP Information
  • 2015-2016 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.
Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 8:00-11:30 a.m.

AP teachers will lead review sessions to help students prepare for upcoming AP exams.
Students should register online for AP exam review sessions

Opening Session 8:00-8:20 a.m. - breakfast and opening session in the District Meeting Room (in Media Center)
Session 1 8:30-9:20 a.m.
Session 2 9:30-10:20 a.m.
Session 3 10:30-11:20 a.m.

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.


MHS is hosting the PSAT exam on Wednesday October 19, 2016 
The practice SAT exam will better prepare students for the SAT as they will become more familiar with the types of questions that may be asked. By taking this exam, students can also enter National Merit scholarship programs and obtain access to valuable college and career planning tools.  

About the PSAT/NMSQT?

 Visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice for more information. 


October 19, 2016


Report Time: 7:45 am
End Time: 11:30 am

 Cost:  Free to student but students must pre-register
Registration: Register Online Here through Friday, August 19, 2016
What to Bring: No. 2 pencils and eraser
Approved calculator


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




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

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