Posted: Tue, 08/16/2011 - 2:41pm Updated: Tue, 10/23/2018 - 10:34am

Purpose

The purpose of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) program is to measure student achievement in the subject areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grades 4, 6 and 10), and Social Studies (Grades 5 and 7). In particular, ISTEP+ reports student achievement levels according to the Indiana Academic Standards that were adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education. 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.

Graduation Requirement

Beginning in 2016-2017, the ISTEP+ Grade 10 English/Language Arts and Mathematics tests replace the End of Course Assessments in Algebra I and English 10 as the graduation requirement for the class of 2019 and 2020. Every Indiana student in the graduating class of 2019 and beyond must demonstrate mastery of the Indiana Academic Standards measured by the ISTEP+ Grade 10 English/Language Arts and Mathematics assessments. The ISTEP+ Grade 10 Math Assessment is based on standards adopted in 2014; the Grade 10 English Assessment is based on standards adopted in 2014.

Reading, writing and math are essential life skills, and students must demonstrate a basic understanding of English/language arts and mathematics as part of the requirements for graduation.

The assessment requirement for graduation can be met in three (3) ways:

  1. Pass the English 10 and Algebra I End of Course Assessments (graduating class of 2018) OR the Grade 10 ISTEP+ in English/Language Arts and Mathematics (graduating classes of 2019 and 2020).
  2. Fulfill the requirements of the Evidence-based waiver.
  3. Fulfill the requirements of the Work-readiness waiver.

Results

The purpose of the test blueprints, designed with the help of Indiana classroom teachers, is to make transparent to educators the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of students on the assessments.

The blueprints can be used as tools to:

  • Align expectations regarding mastery of the standards;
  • Identify the degree of emphasis of curricular components;
  • Assist and guide in prioritizing curriculum and instructional planning; and
  • Enhance classroom assessment.
Content Area Grade
English/Language Arts Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 10
Grade10 Item Specs.
Mathematics Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 10
Grade10 Item Specs
Science   Grade 41   Grade 61     Grade 102
Social Studies     Grade 5   Grade 7    

1 ISTEP+ science blueprint aligns to the 2010 standards. Field test items align to 2016 standards (including K-8 computer science standards).
2 ISTEP+ science blueprint aligns to the 2010 standards. Field test items align to 2016 standards.

Content Area Passage Specifications
English/Language Arts Grades 3-8, 10

   Item Specification Overview

The Item Samplers on this website provide information about ISTEP+ for students, parents, educators, and others. The items in each sampler are examples of the types of items found on ISTEP+. These examples can serve as models when teachers are constructing items for classroom assessment. It should be noted that the samplers are not practice tests.

Item Samplers
These documents are designed to assist teachers in planning and prioritizing instructional time in order to focus on college and career readiness and ensure student success.
Instructional and Assessment Guidance

The documents in the chart below include the open-ended items from ISTEP+ Part 1 (which are no longer considered secure), along with a description of the item types and scoring rules, as well as sample student responses.

Notes about Additional Scoring Annotations:

Anchor papers are samples of student work that serve as examples of performance for each level of a scoring rubric. Anchor papers are utilized as the standard to which student work is compared, and these examples are used in the training of scoring personnel. Practice papers are samples of student work that serve as practice opportunities for scoring personnel. Scorers are charged to accurately score these samples, using anchor papers as the standard.

We will update this chart with additional annotations as they become available for other grade levels and content areas.

Content Area Grade
English/Language Arts Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 10
English/Language Arts -  Additional Scoring Annotations

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

Anchor Set

Practice Set

Anchor Set

Practice Set

Anchor Set

Practice Set

Anchor Set

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

Mathematics Grade 3
Grade 3 Online
Grade 4
Grade 4 Online
Grade 5
Grade 5 Online
Grade 6
Grade 6 Online
Grade 7
Grade 7 Online
Grade 8
Grade 8 Online
Grade 10 
Grade 10 Online
Mathematics -  Additional Scoring Annotations

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

Anchor Set

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

Science N/A Grade 4 N/A Grade 6 N/A N/A Grade 10
Science -  Additional Scoring Annotations N/A

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

N/A

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

N/A N/A

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

Social Studies N/A N/A Grade 5 N/A Grade 7 N/A N/A
Social Studies -  Additional Scoring Annotations N/A N/A

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

N/A

Practice Set1

Practice Set2

N/A N/A

The approved Cut Scores and Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) on this website provide information about ISTEP+ for students, parents, educators, and others.

The Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) on this website provide information about ISTEP+ for students, parents, educators, and others.

Content Area Grade
English/Language Arts Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 10
Mathematics Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 10
Science N/A Grade 4 N/A Grade 6 N/A N/A Grade 10
Social Studies N/A N/A Grade 5 N/A Grade 7 N/A  

Contact

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