State Standardized Testing
|Assessment||Grade Level||Testing Windows|
|ISTEP+||Grade 10 & Students Enrolled in Biology||Part 1: February 27 – March 10
Part 2: April 17 – May 5
|ECAs||Grade 11 and 12 retesters||May 15-19|
|ACCUPLACER||Grade 11 students who meet criteria||October 3-November 23|
|WIDA||Grade 9-12 students with limited English proficiency||January 9 - February 24|
Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP+)
The purpose of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) program is to measure student achievement in the subject areas of English/language arts, mathematics and science. ISTEP+ reports student achievement levels according to the Indiana Academic Standards that were adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education. The ISTEP+ assessment is criterion-referenced and is designed to measure students’ mastery of the standards. Student performance on ISTEP+ is part of school accountability. ISTEP+ Math and ELA is taken by 10th graders during second semester. ISTEP+ Science is taken by any students enrolled in Biology during second semester of the course. Starting with the class of 2019, passing ISTEP+ Grade 10 will be required to graduate.
End of Course Assessments (ECAs)
The purpose of the ECA program is to measure student achievement. In particular, ECAs report student achievement levels according to the Indiana Academic Standards that were adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education. The Algebra I and English 10 ECAs are criterion-referenced assessments developed specifically as graduation examinations for students in the Class of 2017 and 2018. The only students taking the ECAs during the 2016-17 school year are students in the Class of 2017 and 2018 who have not yet passed either ECA. The ECA can be taken once each semester until a passing score is achieved.
This assessment is a college and career readiness exam that identifies students’ remediation needs. ACCUPLACER is administered in 11th grade only to students that meet the criteria. Criteria for identifying the students required to take this assessment includes PSAT and ECA scores. ACCUPLACER assesses Critical Reading and Mathematics. The criteria determines if the student takes one or both subjects. It is used to “drill down” and identify the student’s strengths and weaknesses. The results and information from this test will provide a detailed assessment of the student’s skills.
World Class Instructional Design and Assessments (WIDA)
WIDA (World-Class Instructional Design and Assessments) is the English Language Proficiency assessment administered in Indiana. The purpose of WIDA is to determine a student's level of English proficiency. The WIDA ACCESS Placement Test (W-APT) is administered, upon a student's arrival in the United States, to determine which English Learner (EL) services are appropriate for the student. The annual assessment, Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS for ELLs), is administered in January and February to determine a student's current level of English proficiency. The student continues to take WIDA ACCESS annually until proficiency is reached, as measured by the WIDA ACCESS score report. The annual assessment is also used for accountability purposes.