Posted: Tue, 07/03/2018 - 11:34am Updated: Thu, 04/09/2020 - 12:34pm

The purpose of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) program is to measure student achievement beginning in Grade 10. ISTEP+ is the high school accountability assessment for Indiana through School Year 2019-2020 and also serves as a Graduation Qualifying Exam (GQE) for students in cohorts 2019- 2022.

Students in Grade 10 must participate in the ISTEP+ Grade 10 Mathematics and English/Language Arts assessments. Students in cohorts 2019-2022 may participate in ISTEP+ Mathematics and English/Language Arts retest as needed in order to fulfill graduation requirements.

ISTEP+ assesses student achievement levels in English/Language Arts and Mathematics according to the Indiana Academic Standards that were adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education in 2014.

The Spring 2020 ISTEP+ First Time Administration assessment windows are cancelled.

The assessments are administered in two parts. Part 1 consists of Applied Skills (open-ended) items and Part 2 includes multiple-choice and technology-enhanced items. Both Part 1 and Part 2 are required components of the ISTEP+ program and are used to measure student mastery of the Indiana Academic Standards.

  • The best preparation for any assessment is strong standards-based instruction. Talk to your local school about their plan for instruction and about options for additional support for students if needed.
  • The Department offers several resources to help students understand what the ISTEP+ assessment is like.

Contact your local school for information about accessing your student’s results. Talk to your child’s teacher and guidance counselor about what the results mean and how to use results to inform next instructional steps for your child.

For questions related to ISTEP+ please contact the Indiana Department of Education at or (317) 232-9050.