GLENWOOD | Brookwood District 167 will begin using an online adaptive testing system to measure the progress of its students.
The board approved the purchase of the Measurement of Academic Progress Instrument on Monday night at a cost of $19,820.
MAP tests students' progress in math, reading, science and language arts. Tests are given three times per school year, creating benchmarks to measure each child's progress.
The tests are online and are adaptive, meaning questions will become progressively more or less difficult depending upon how long it takes a student to answer each question and whether or not questions are answered correctly.
"It will help us catch those students early who are at risk of failure," District Director of Technology Alex Trakas said.
MAP will be used in conjunction with current district programs to seek out struggling students and help them progress. Teachers will see the results of tests the following morning, but the tests will not count toward students' grades.
The board also approved the budget for fiscal year 2014 at Monday's board meeting. It approved a nearly identical tentative budget last month.
Revenues for the year are expected to total $15.5 million while expenses should total $16.9 million. A total of $700,000 in expenses are marked for design of the new middle school and would be returned to the district's coffers immediately upon sale of bonds.
Superintendent Valorie Moore outlined enrollment projections, saying Brookwood D.167 expects to have nearly flat enrollment for the near future. A loss of 88 students is projected over the next five years.
Rene Santiago was approved as assistant superintendent for learning assessment and data. Santiago was principal at Wood Dale Junior High School last year and at Beach Park Middle School for eight years before that.