Friday, February 5, 2016
Samantha Hart
Press Secretary
(317) 232-0550

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Education released reports detailing Statewide Readiness Tests that were conducted by Pearson in preparation for the 2016 administration of the ISTEP+. These reports cover Statewide Readiness Tests that occurred on January 20, 21 and 29.

The purpose of a statewide readiness test is to determine readiness both by the vendor that is administering the assessment as well as local computer and network readiness in schools throughout the state. Accordingly, when issues are discovered, they provide an opportunity to address those issues now, as opposed to during the actual administration of ISTEP+. As a result of these readiness tests, issues have been diagnosed and fixes are being put in place at both the vendor and local level, increasing the likelihood of a smooth administration of the 2016 ISTEP+.

Specifically, the most recent readiness test saw more than 180,000 logins and more than 50,000 concurrent users logged on at the same time, which is more than double what was experienced during the January 20 readiness test. During the January 29 readiness test, Pearson, the company that administers the ISTEP+, reports that call volume to its help desk was low.

Moving forward, the Department will be working with both local schools as well as Pearson to ensure that all schools are prepared for the administration of the ISTEP+. Schools with any questions or concerns should contact either Pearson, or the Indiana Department of Education’s Office of Student Assessment.

Copies of the Pearson reports for statewide readiness tests are below.