Posted: Thu, 06/28/2018 - 1:34pm Updated: Thu, 03/04/2021 - 12:51pm

The State of Indiana provides a variety of assessments intended to support high school students.

Some assessments may impact graduation requirements. Students must meet Assessment Requirements to qualify for Graduation/Waiver process. The ISTEP+ Waiver and Pathway Waiver are located on the Graduation Waivers pageVisit the Graduation Requirements site to see information about high school graduation requirements.

High School Assessments

Assessment Students Eligible Main Purpose Participation Requirements
ISTEP+ Retest  Cohorts 2019-2022 Graduation Qualifying Examination (GQE) Schools must offer students the opportunity. Students are not required to participate.
ISTEP+ Spring 2021 Retest Cohorts 2019-2022 High School Accountability and Graduation Qualifying Examination (GQE) For cohort 2022, school must administer and students must participate. For cohorts 2019-2021, school must offer students the opportunity and students are not required to participate.
SAT Grade 11 High School Accountability Schools must administer and students must participate beginning Spring 2022.
PSAT/NMSQT Grade 10 or 11 Indicate student strengths and challenges and drive support Optional. Schools may elect to offer and students may elect to participate.
ILEARN Biology ECA Students taking Biology in Grades 7-12 High School Accountability Schools must administer and students must participate.
ILEARN U.S. Government ECA Students taking U.S. Government in Grades 7-12 End-of-Course Assessment (Final Exam) Optional. Schools may elect to offer.

ISTEP+ Retest

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) is an assessment that measures student achievement in Mathematics and English/Language Arts beginning in grade 10. ISTEP+ serves as a Graduation Qualifying Examination (GQE) for students in cohorts 2019-2022. ISTEP+ Spring 2021 Retest serves as Indiana’s high school accountability test for school year 2020-2021 using cohort 2022 data.

For more information about ISTEP+ assessments (including resources to support preparation and understanding scores), select one of the boxes below.


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College Board SAT for High School Accountability

Indiana will use the SAT (provided by College Board) to fulfill requirements listed in Indiana Code 20-32-5.1-7(d) for high school accountability. Students may also use scores to fulfill some high school graduation requirements. SAT assesses high school Mathematics, Reading, and Writing standards in grade 11. The SAT is administered in the spring of each school year, beginning Spring 2022.

The SAT is taken at school during the school day at a time specified by IDOE. It is an online assessment with paper provided as an accommodation only. The SAT consists of multiple-choice and numeric response items along with one essay.
College Board provides resources to help you prepare at no charge for current Indiana students.
Students will receive standard SAT scores as well as a proficiency levels specific to Indiana. The cut scores for these proficiency levels will be determined by Indiana educators following the first test administration.

Students may elect to send their SAT score reports to up to four colleges/universities at no charge.


The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized assessment administered by College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. The State of Indiana provides funds (as appropriated in HEA 1001 [2019]) to measure students’ college- and career-readiness, indicate student academic strengths and challenges, and provide additional support to students (I.C. 20-32-9-3). PSAT/NMSQT may be administered to students in grade 10 and/or grade 11 for this purpose.