Posted: Thu, 05/10/2018 - 4:11pm Updated: Fri, 11/30/2018 - 3:02pm

ILEARN is designed to measure Indiana Academic Standards. Test design centered on understanding these standards, collaborating with Indiana Educators to define content priorities and evidences of mastery, and creating key documents that define the assessment. These key documents are explained and provided below.

Blueprints

Blueprints define the essential content which will be measured by the assessment. Indiana educator committees in collaboration with content experts created the blueprints for ILEARN. The resources below explain how to understand and use the ILEARN blueprints to support instruction.

ILEARN Blueprints

Mathematics English Language Arts Science Social Studies
Grade 3 – Updated 10/01/18 Grade 3 – Updated 10/01/18    
Grade 4 – Updated 10/01/18 Grade 4 – Updated 10/29/18 Grade 4 – Updated 10/29/18  
Grade 5 – Updated 10/01/18 Grade 5 – Updated 10/01/18   Grade 5 – Updated 10/01/18
Grade 6 – Updated 10/01/18 Grade 6 – Updated 10/29/18 Grade 6 – Updated 10/29/18  
Grade 7 – Updated 10/01/18 Grade 7 – Updated 10/29/18    
Grade 8 – Updated 10/01/18 Grade 8 – Updated 10/29/18    
    Biology – Updated 10/29/18 U.S. Government – Updated 10/01/18 (optional)

NOTE: Grade 4 and 6 Science blueprints incorporate Computer Science Standards. These are noted in the blueprint document with references of 3-5 or 6-8 as defined in the Indiana Academic Standards.

ILEARN measures the breadth of Indiana Academic Standards. This means that all standards are represented in the blueprints, including Content Area Literacy, Media Literacy, Listening, and Computer Science Standards.

View this video to learn more about how Content Area Literacy Standards are assessed on ILEARN.

UPDATED  – Review this document for a summary of updates effective October 29.

Item Specifications

Item Specifications define exactly how each standard will be measured. These documents are used by professional item writers to create items and include information such as evidence statements, Depth of Knowledge requirements, and sample items.

Per the recommendations of the 2016 ISTEP+ Panel, the Indiana Department of Education is leveraging quality content from third-party item banks for use on ILEARN assessments. These item banks are accompanied by item specifications which will be utilized where alignment was confirmed by Indiana educators. The specifications available are described in the chart below.

Specification Developer Content Areas Included
Indiana Item Specifications Developed by Indiana for Indiana standards and define custom item development Mathematics, English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
ICCR Item Specifications*

 

Developed by American Institutes for Research (AIR) for their Independent College-and-Career-Ready item bank. Mathematics, English/Language Arts, Science
Smarter Balanced Item Specifications* Developed by Smarter Balanced for their Smarter Balanced item bank. Mathematics, English/Language Arts

*Some third-party item specifications include content beyond the scope of the associated Indiana Academic Standards. For these specifications, only those portions which align to the Indiana Academic Standard are used for ILEARN assessments. Indiana educators approved alignment of items to each Indiana Standard.

Visit the ILEARN Item Specification Database to view and print Item Specifications for each Indiana Academic Standard.

Subject Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 ECA
English/Language Arts ELA Grade 3 ELA Grade 4 ELA Grade 5 ELA Grade 6 ELA Grade 7 ELA Grade 8  
Mathematics Math Grade3 Math Grade4 Math Grade5 Math Grade6 Math Grade7 Math Grade8  
Science   Science Grade 4   Science Grade 6     Science Biology
Social Studies     Social Studies Grade 5       Social Studies US Government

Blueprint, Item Specifications, and Performance Task Trainings

Content specialists have provided insight into the new resources provided. Watch the recorded trainings or view the PowerPoint slides using the links below.

Subject Grade PowerPoint Video
Mathematics

Grades 3-5

PowerPoint

Recorded Training

Mathematics

Grades 6-8

PowerPoint

Recorded Training

English/Language Arts

Grades 3-5

PowerPoint

Recorded Training

English/Language Arts

Grades 6-8

PowerPoint

Recorded Training

Social Studies

Grade 5

PowerPoint

Recorded Training

Science

Grades 4 and 6

PowerPoint

Recorded Training

Science

Biology

PowerPoint

Recorded Training