Alternate Assessments

Posted: Wed, 08/17/2011 - 8:59am Updated: Fri, 07/29/2016 - 9:19am

Indiana Standards Tools for Alternate Reporting (ISTAR)

Purpose

The purpose of an alternate assessment is to measure student achievement in the subject areas of English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades 3-8 and 10, Science (Grades 4, 6 and 10), Social Studies (Grades 5 and 7) based on alternate academic achievement standards. For students with significant cognitive disabilities, the Case Conference Committee, utilizing the criteria for determining eligibility to participate, may determine that the Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting (ISTAR) is the most appropriate assessment. The criteria can be found in the "Additional Resources" section below.

Indiana Standards Tools for Alternate Reporting (ISTAR)

Because students with significant cognitive disabilities are a diverse population with a variety of needs, it was important to develop items across a broad range of abilities. Three levels of items were created, called "tiers".

  • Tier 1 - Tier 1 questions use simple and direct language. Graphics are provided for most answer choices, along with text, which give students a visual support to answer the questions.

  • Tier 2 - Tier 2 questions are more complex than those in Tier 1. More introductory phrases may be included in the questions and fewer graphics in the answer choices than in Tier 1. There is a greater level of complexity in how students respond to the questions than in Tier 1.

  • Tier 3 - Tier 3 includes more detailed directions and questions. There is more text and few to no graphics in the answer choices. There may be more abstract ideas and inferencing in Tier 3. There is more complexity in how students respond to the questions than in Tier 2.

Blueprints

The purpose of the test blueprint is to make transparent to educators the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of students on the assessments. 2016-17 Blueprints: Coming Fall 2016!

Content Area Grade
English/Language Arts Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 10
Mathematics Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 10
Science N/A Grade 4 N/A Grade 6 N/A N/A Grade 10
Social Studies N/A N/A Grade 5 N/A Grade 7 N/A N/A

Instructional and Assessment Guidance

The purpose of these documents is to provide educators with instructional and assessment guidance. 2016-17 Instructional & Assessment Guidance PD Video and Guidance Documents: Coming Fall 2016!

2016-17
  • English/Language Arts, Math, Science, & Social Studies Blueprint and Instructional & Assessment Guidance PD Training Video Coming Fall 2016!
  • English/Language Arts Grades 3-8, & 10 Instructional and Assessment Guidance Coming Fall 2016!
  • Math Grades 3-8, & 10 Instructional and Assessment Guidance Coming Fall 2016!
  • Science Grades 4, 6, & 10 Instructional and Assessment Guidance Coming Fall 2016!
  • Social Studies Grades 5 & 7 Instructional and Assessment Guidance Coming Fall 2016!

Aligned Content Connectors

The purpose of these documents is to provide educators guidance at the content connector level regarding the assessment to assist in instruction al decisions. These documents include a key to the content priorities for each part of the ISTAR assessment.

  • ELA Reading Literature Coming Fall 2016!
  • ELA Reading Non Fiction Coming Fall 2016!
  • ELA Reading Vocabulary Coming Fall 2016!
  • ELA Writing Genres Coming Fall 2016!
  • ELA Writing Process Coming Fall 2016!
  • Math Coming Fall 2016!

Additional Resources

Results

  • Coming Fall 2016!

Contact

Karen Stein
Special Programs Assessment Specialist
istar@doe.in.gov
Office of Student Assessment
Telephone: (317) 232-9050
Toll Free: (888) 544-7837