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ISTEP+ Grades 3-8

Posted: Tue, 08/16/2011 - 2:41pm Updated: Wed, 09/16/2015 - 9:46am





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, Mathematics, 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 open-ended Assessment (Part 1) and a Multiple-Choice and Technology-Enhanced item Assessment (Part 2), which are required components of the ISTEP+ program, are used to measure these standards.



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.

The blueprints can be used as tools to:

  • Align expectations regarding mastery of the standards;
  • Identify the degree of emphasis of curricular components;
  • Assist and guide in prioritizing curriculum and instructional planning; and
  • Enhance classroom assessment.
Content Area Grade
English/Language Arts Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
Mathematics Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
Science N/A Grade 4 N/A Grade 6 N/A N/A
Social Studies N/A N/A Grade 5 N/A Grade 7 N/A

Item Samplers

The Item Samplers on this website provide information about ISTEP+ for students, parents, educators, and others. The items in each sampler are examples of the types of items found on ISTEP+. 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.

  • English/Language Arts Grades 3-8 (Coming Fall 2015)
  • ISTEP+ Part 1 English/Language Arts Item Sampler PD Training Video (Coming Fall 2015)
  • Mathematics Grades 3-5 (Coming Fall 2015)
  • Mathematics Grades 6-8 (Coming Fall 2015)
  • ISTEP+ Part 1 Mathematics Item Sampler PD Training Video (Coming Fall 2015)
  • Science Grades 4 & 6 (Coming Fall 2015)
  • Social Studies Grades 5 & 7 (Coming Fall 2015)

Instructional and Assessment Guidance

The purpose of these documents is to provide educators with instructional and assessment guidance.

  • Mathematics Grades 3-8
    2015-16 Mathematics Instructional & Assessment Guidance PD Training Video: Coming Fall 2015

Additional Resources


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