Indiana State Assessments - ISTEP
NEW for the 2016-17 School Year:
Perspective Quick Guide for Parents - ISTEP+ 

Perspective is a resource for teachers, parents and students. The Perspective site offers students online practice based on each child's test results.  Each student ISTEP+ report has a code for English and Math. To enter into the Perspective site click on the link below. Perspective also has resources for parents and teachers – lessons, guides by age and grade level and broken down into skills for practice.
Pearson Perspective Quick Guide Information Handout - "How To" 
Access the Perspective Site Here -  Pearson Perspective ISTEP Prep Site

Parents and students should look at the bottom of the student report for the Learning Locator code.  This is entered into the Pearson site to begin using the program. 


Click on the links below to move between sections

Testing Windows      Goal Setting Newsletter      Listing of all state tests               

Experience ISTEP+ online Site:

Login and Password Not Needed. Use this as an instructional tool for classroom discussions.
Select "Indiana" from the list. 
Click on the "Practice Tests" link for the desired grade level 
(a user name and password is not required)
Then click "Start Test Now"

"Goal Setting Worksheet" - Plan to Pass the ISTEP+, IREAD3 and ECA exams
           page 1    pg 2      
** Use the links and information below to plan your goal to achieve a score of "Pass" or "Pass+.**
Resources for Families to Prepare and Pass the Test
Student Assistance - Need Help with Academics? - Click Here
Khan Academy -  Online Assistance - Anytime - Anywhere!
Fantastic resource for all ages!

When are ISTEP+, IREAD3 and ECA Assessments Administered?
ECA (Early Winter)   December 5-16, 2016
ISTEP+ Part 1            February 27 - March 10, 2017
IREAD-3                    March 13-17, 2017 (online)
ISTEP+ Part 2            April 17 - May 5, 2017
ECA (Spring)             April 24 - May 26, 2017
ECA (Summer)          August 21 - September 1, 2017
ISTAR Part 1            January 9 - February 3, 2017
ISTAR Part 2            April 10 - May 19, 2017
WIDA Access         January 9 - February 24, 2017

Accuplacer Part 1   October 3 - November 23, 2016
Accuplacer Part 2   February 13 - March 31, 2017

SAT April 5, 2017


ISTEP+ Parent Network

Login questions, and technical questions should be addressed to the following.

State Testing Resources for Students and Parents to Prepare and Pass the Test

ECA - End of Course Exams
(Applies to graduating classes of 2017 and 2018)

All high school students will need to pass the Algebra I and English 10 exams to qualify for graduation. These assessments are taken whenever students complete the corresponding course, typically in May.  Students are given several chances of retesting.  Retesting occurs in December and May. 

ISTEP+ Overview
Grades 3-8
Grade 10

The purpose of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) program is to measure student achievement in the subject areas of English/Language Arts (Grades 3-8, 10), Mathematics (Grades 3-8, 10), Science (Grades 4 and 6), and Social Studies (Grades 5 and 7). In particular, ISTEP+ reports student achievement levels according to the Indiana Academic Standards that were adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education. An Applied Skills Assessment is completed during Part 1 in February/March and a Multiple-Choice Assessment is completed during Part 2 in April/May, which are required components of the ISTEP+ program, are used to measure these standards.
After scoring is completed parents may submit a request to the school to have a student's test rescored.  Information will be sent home after each testing term.  A rescore can only be submitted to the Department of Education with a parent request.  
ISTEP+ Preparation - Experience Online Testing for Part 2 and IREAD3

Experience ISTEP+ online Site:

Login and Password Not Needed. Use this as an instructional tool for classroom discussions.
Select "Indiana" from the list. 
Click on the "Practice Tests" link for the desired grade level 
(a user name and password is not required)
Then click "Start Test Now" 

Directions for laptops and mobile devices- click here for directions

This is a reading comprehension exam for all 3rd graders.  3rd grade students take this test in March and have the opportunity to retest in the summer if the test is not passed at proficiency.

Question & Answer Reference from the Indiana Department of Education
IREAD-3 Parent Letter, introduces IREAD-3.

IREAD-3 Parent Guidance, provides details regardingPublic Law 109 and the skills assessed on IREAD-3
Parent Meeting Presentation- Overview of IREAD and ISTEP 2014
ISTAR is a state assessment that is given to students that qualify.  The tests are alternative assessments to the ISTEP+. Typically these tests are administered during the ISTEP+ Part 2 window in the spring. 
 The purpose of the English Language Proficiency assessments is to determine a student's level of English proficiency. A Placement Test, administered upon a student's arrival in the United States, is used to determine which English Learner (EL) services are appropriate for the student. The annual assessment, administered in January and February, is used to determine the student's current level of English proficiency. The annual assessment is also used for accountability purposes.
ACCUPLACER, which is a computer-adaptive testing system developed by The College Board.  These exams provide both placement scores for placement into college courses and diagnostic scores that can be used to “drill down” and identify students’ strengths and specific areas of need. The results and information from the ACCUPLACER exams provide schools with a detailed assessment of students’ skills, which will assist in course selection and remediation plans for students.

Online Resources for Preparing and Making a Plan for the State Assessments

Khan Academy -  Online Assistance - Anytime - Anywhere!
ECA Blueprints: The purpose of the test blueprints, designed with the help of Indiana classroom teachers, is to make transparent to educators the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of students on the assessments.

ECA Item Samplers: The Item Samplers on the IDOE website provide information about ECAs for students, parents, educators and others. The items in each sampler are examples of the types of items found on ECAs. These examples can serve as models when teachers are constructing items for classroom assessment. It should be noted that the samplers are not practice tests.
Click the link below to access the ECA Resources -

The purpose of the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (IREAD-3) assessment is to measure foundational reading standards through grade three. Based on the Indiana Academic Standards, IREAD-3 is a summative assessment that was developed in accordance with House Enrolled Act 1367 (also known as Public Law 109 in 2010), which "requires the evaluation of reading skills for students who are in grade three beginning in the Spring of 2012 to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving on to grade four."

The link below contains information regarding the test blueprint, sample items and results. 


ISTEP+ Preparations at Grades 3-8:
IDOE's English/LA Toolkits and Math Toolkits should be used to refer back to the IAS standards identified by the IDOE as standards that may be assessed on the Applied Skills and Multiple Choice tests.
The standards that the students are learning and being assessed upon are the major clusters which were identified by the IDOE.
ISTEP+ Testing Materials:
Use the link above to access the following information: 
-Assessment Blueprints
-Math and ELA Rubrics- Have students practice scoring items and their own work using the ISTEP rubrics.
-Constructed Response-  Practice - Practice - Practice!!!  Students should be aware of the 2 point rubric and use it daily in class verbally and in writing responses.  A good practice is to site two pieces of evidence on all CR items.  Have students get in the habit of including 2 pieces of evidence in all they do. 
Practice Make Perfect:
Practice a few problems at a time and allows for in-depth discussion to follow.

Office of Student Assessment
Indiana Department of Education
151 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Phone: (317) 232-9050
Toll-free: (888) 544-7837
Fax: (317) 233-2196

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