Posted: Thu, 05/10/2018 - 4:11pm Updated: Thu, 04/29/2021 - 8:42am

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


Blueprints define the essential content which will be measured by the assessment. Indiana educator committees, in collaboration with content experts, created the test 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 Grade 3    
Grade 4 Grade 4 Grade 4  
Grade 5 Grade 5   Grade 5
Grade 6 Grade 6 Grade 6  
Grade 7 Grade 7    
Grade 8 Grade 8    
    Biology U.S. Government (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.


Passage Specifications

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 item specifications available are described in the table 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 Cambium Assessments, Inc. (CAI) 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
IDOE content specialists recorded trainings to provide insight into these resources. Access the trainings in the table below.
Subject Video
English/Language Arts Recorded Training
Mathematics Recorded Training
Science Recorded Training
Social Science Recorded Training