Westchester Public Schools, District 92½, has a reputation for academic excellence. The teaching staff includes classroom teachers, interventionists, reading, math and technology specialists who work collaboratively to increase student learning and achievement. A full array of educational services is provided including English as a Second Language and support services to meet varied student needs. A core element of the District's Vision and Mission is a focus on the skills and conceptual tools that are critical for 21st Century learners, including the 5Cs: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity & Innovation, and Culturally-Diverse Teaching and Learning. The goal is to incorporate the 5Cs into all learning experiences within the district, across grade levels, subject, and other school experiences. Fine arts and physical education are part of the core academic program at all schools. Instrumental music is offered in grades 4 through 8. The Westchester Middle School has additional offerings of Spanish and Home Economics. In the area of assessment, our students take PARCC, a computer-based assessment that is designed to determine student college and career readiness. PARCC assesses the Common Core State Standards. Its goal is to measure the full range of student performance and provide timely data throughout the academic year to teachers to help inform instruction, interventions and professional development. There are five components of the PARCC assessment system. Districts are required administer the Performance-Based Assessment for ELA(English Language Arts) and Mathematics and the End-of-Year Assessment for ELA and Mathematics. The EOY Assessment will be administered during May 2015 to all students in grades third through eighth. Three times per year all students in First grade through Eighth grade take the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. This test determined the students’ instructional level and measures academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and math. MAP is administered three times per year. Test results will be used by the teachers and building administrator to begin the process of determining skills-based groupings. MAP scores are also used to differentiate instruction in the areas of reading and math.