In Indiana, all students in grades 3 through 10 take the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+). Based on Indiana’s Academic Standards, the test includes Math, English/Language Arts at each grade, as well as science at grades 4th and 6th and social studies at 5th and 7th.
Solid reading, writing and math skills are "must haves" for a successful future. ISTEP+ is designed to make sure you master these basics on your way to earning a high school diploma. If you don’t know enough to pass the test, that’s a sign that you need some extra help.
To be sure you’re ready to do your best on ISTEP+, read these tips and practice some sample questions.
Students will be able to use computer tools to answer new types of question items. Teacher are providing practice with these technology enhanced questions. You can also provide practice with these by accessing this link. http://experience-ccra-in.ctb.com
What’s on the ISTEP+?
Based on Indiana’s Academic Standards, ISTEP+ covers:
English/language arts at grades 3-10
Mathematics in grades 3-10
Science in grades 4 and 6
Social Studies in 5 and 7
How long does ISTEP+ take?
The test takes between 4.5 to 6.5 hours depending on the grade level. Generally, the test is administered over three days.
What results should I expect to receive?
Every student tested receives a comprehensive individual Student Report showing a designation of Pass+, Pass or Did Not Pass.
Families of students in all tested grade levels are entitled to see a copy of the student’s short answer, essay, and performance task responses. Copies of students' "imaged" work can be obtained from the school.
What if I don’t pass?
Students who do not pass ISTEP+ are entitled to help and extra instructional time to address any areas of weakness. Ask your teacher and guidance counselors about extra help in areas that you didn't pass.
What if I have special needs?
Several testing accommodations are available for students with disabilities or limited English proficiency, such as additional time and changes in test scheduling, format and setting.
Talk to your parents and guidance counselors about the specific accommodations in your Individualized Education Program (IEP), Section 504 Plan or Individual Learning Program (ILP).
What can parents do to help students prepare for ISTEP+?
What can parents do to support students during testing?
Make sure your child has plenty of sleep the night before.
Review skills and content with them to build their confidence.
Encourage your child to do his or her very best, but don’t place too much emphasis on the test.
For more information on ISTEP+, talk to your teachers, counselors or:
Visit the ISTEP+ InfoCenter or Indiana GQE.
Call 1.888.54.ISTEP (47837)
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