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Indiana has a thorough program to assess all public school students in the state to make sure they are progressing toward reaching the academic standards established by the state Department of Education. The Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP+) Program has been developing since the late 1980’s in an effort to create a system that fairly assesses the skills and knowledge that students are gaining.
Children in Indiana are taught based on the curriculum developed in a framework called the Common Core State Standards. These learning standards were adopted in 2010 in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The state has developed other learning objectives for other subject areas. The assessments given in the ISTEP+ Program are aligned to the learning objectives laid out in the curriculum. These objectives state the major skills and concepts a student needs to gain in each subject; it does not prescribe lesson plans.
For students in grades 3 who take the ISTEP+ in English/Language Arts and Mathematics they are given one assessment booklet asking questions in multiple-choice format and calling for some applied skills. These assessments are given more than once during the school year.
When students are in high school they take ISTEP+ End-of-Course Assessments (ECA’s) in Algebra I, Biology I and English 10. The Algebra I assessment has four types of questions: constructed-response, multiple-choice, gridded-response and graphing. Students may use calculators on portions of the assessment.
The assessments given are aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards which describes learning standards intended for each subject. Additionally, in conjunction with many other states, Indiana adopted the Common Core Standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics.