Assessments in Indiana
Students in grades 3-11 are required to take annual assessments to measure their learning from the year. The state of Indiana provides detailed information about the purpose of each assessment, which grade levels/subjects will take each test, and the vendor providing the technical interface for each assessment. The state of Indiana has seven unique types assessments with the technical interface provided by four different platforms: AIR Secure Browser providing the assessments for 3rd grade through high school, Pearson TestNav 8 providing the high school graduation assessments for students who need to pass the ISTEP+ for graduation, DRC Insight for English language proficiency assessments, and NAEP for a nationally normed assessment.
While the bulk of assessments will be happening in that 3rd grade - high school band with AIR Secure Browser, it’s important for educators to have the range of technology-enhanced items and digital tools to prepare all students in Indiana to show what they know on the end of year state test. Edcite is an assessment platform that offers more than 60 types of items so you will have the range of question creation tools and content needed to align your formative and summative assessments year round. In addition to the question types needed, you will also find that Edcite Schools has the option to mirror all of the state test formats to give students that truly aligned experience. Indiana has laid out the goals for assessment, we want to make sure you have the tools year round to ensure your assessment reflect content mastery rather than technology familiarity.
Students take assessments in both the fall and spring depending on the topic/level and when they take the course. For example, high school biology students taking the class in the fall on a block schedule will test in December, while students taking the same class in the spring or on a year long schedule will take the test in an April-May window. Below you will find the testing windows for Indiana’s 2019 and 2020 assessments:
Indiana transitioned to a new assessment system for the 2018/19 school year. After hearing feedback from stakeholders, they have rolled out the ILEARN for the testing in spring 2019. Lessons learned from years of using ISTEP led them to develop a new testing experience that better aligned with their goals for students and their guiding principles for assessment. While both the ISTEP and the ILEARN are compulsory assessments that measure student proficiency - ILEARN is meant to be more reliable, accessible, and providing timely and meaningful data.
The 5 Guiding Principales for ILEARN are:
How Edcite Helps Indiana Students and Teachers
Students in Indiana need practice with the new types of questions they will see on ILEARN. While the interface is changing with the ILEARN assessments, Indiana highlights three main question types as the new item types students will see. 1) Hot Text - students can click to highlight text or drag parts to rearrange. 2) Table Match - matching and classifying question types that allow students to categorize or match text and mathematical representations. 3) Interactive Grid - Items that allow students to drag and drop objects to different sections of the answer space, highlight or select different sections of a given graphic or plot points and create lines and shapes.
With Edcite, Teachers can find and send quality content to students. We believe that teachers should not have to pay for premium features, so we offer live progress tracking and reports by question and by standard for free for all teachers. To try out Edcite with your class, click Sign Up or choose one of the assignments to the right.
Want to see how your students are doing on released state assessments and give them practice with a test format that looks like ILEARN? Try out our Indiana Common Assessments Initiative.
Edcite Schools empowers Schools, Districts, and teams to give assessments that align to the state test in their look and feel, share data and respond to the data by creating intervention groups.
Build your own Indiana - Aligned Assessments
Edcite is not just a library of assessments and questions, it is also an authoring tool. Teachers can create questions and assignments for free. With The Edcite Team has digitized a set of Newly Released ILEARN Practice Tests on Edcite. You can access powerpoints and additional resources from the Indiana Department of Education about the ILEARN assessment on the Indiana Portal.
The Edcite Team has digitized a set of Newly Released ILEARN Practice Tests on Edcite. You can access powerpoints and additional resources from the Indiana Department of Education about the ILEARN assessment on the Indiana Portal.