Public Law 213-2105 HEA 1001
It is the vision of the Department that the formative test and subsequent use of data would be used for guiding classroom instruction at the individual student level, and that individualization will result in increased academic success and decreased need for remediation.
The adoption of the Indiana College- and Career-Ready Standards has brought to the forefront the need for shifting our focus from teaching and measuring skills in isolation to a focus on deeper learning and application of knowledge. This shift has also prompted a simultaneous conversation regarding formative assessment tools used in classrooms. Therefore, the Department is pleased to provide an opportunity for local school decisions regarding formative assessment tools.
One goal for the use of formative assessment tools and subsequent student level data is to drive instructional foci for students at a holistic level. Students should be assessed on their ability to read and be proficient mathematicians. This ability should transcend summative assessment tools. Therefore, if a student is a strong reader and mathematician they should do well on any assessment.
The Indiana Formative Assessment Tests provided through this grant are targeted for students in grades K-10. Formative assessment for students in grades 11 and 12 are offered through the use of ACCUPLACER.
Formative Assessment Grant Request to Participate Form
The Indiana Department of Education is pleased to announce to public school corporations, charter schools and accredited nonpublic schools that the 2016-17 Formative Assessment Grant Request to Participate form for grades K - 10 opens on August 22, 2016 and closes on September 16, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern).
Corporations/schools should contact their local Corporation Test Coordinator for more details.
2016-17 Formative Assessment Approved Vendors and Tests
2016-17 Formative Assessment Grant FAQs
Office of Student Assessment