Assessment Purpose The main purpose of assessment is to improve student learning. Throughout the year, students will take a variety of school, district, and state assessments. These assessments either help educators prepare for student learning or provide information of student learning. In both instances, assessment involves an on-going process of gathering information about the knowledge and skills students possess, and then using this information to make instructional plans to improve student learning. Assessment news for the 2017 - 2018 school year will be available on this site. Information and updates on all district and state assessments will be available along with sample assessment items, calendar dates, and reminders. We will link directly to resources at the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and other sources of information to keep you updated on assessments that are given throughout the school year.