Assessment and Testing

 

MSD of Decatur Township strives to provide students and families with relevant information on academic progress, college & career readiness and overall achievement throughout high school. The list below explains the various assessments given at the high school level.  These tests are taken during the student’s school day.


ACCUPLACER

Grade Levels: 11th & 12th

DCHS Test Windows

Part 1:  October  3 – 7, 2016

Part 2:  February 13 – 17, 2017

DTSE Test Windows

Part 1:  November 7 – 18, 2016

Part 2:  February 13 – 24, 2017

The ACCUPLACER test is designed to inform students, families and educators in relation to their academic readiness for college level coursework. Not all students are required to take the ACCUPLACER as the Indiana Department of Education provides yearly guidance on what students may possibly require the test. Students will be given detailed information on the necessity of remediation prior to enrolling in college coursework. This will help students understand what is required to be more prepared for college level work.

Also, the ACCUPLACER is given to students to demonstrate their ability to be successful in a college dual credit course while still in high school. Individual courses pre-requisites will determine the scores necessary to enroll in dual credit.


End of Course Assessments (ECA’s): English 10 & Algebra I

Grade Levels: 11th & 12th

DCHS & DTSE Test Windows

Early Winter:  December 5 – 14, 2016

Spring:  May 5 – 8, 2017

The purpose of the End of Course Assessments is to measure student achievement in the subject areas of English/Language Arts and Mathematics. The End of Course Assessments (ECAs) are criterion-referenced assessments developed specifically for students completing their instruction in Algebra I or English 10. Students that have not yet passed one or both subject areas will retest in December 2016 and again if needed in April 2017. (source: http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/end-course-assessments-ecas )

Students that have not passed both sections prior to their graduation date can potentially earn an ECA Evidenced Based Wavier. The waiver requires that the students take the test each year it is offered, attend school with a 95% of higher attendance rate, take advantage of all remediation opportunities, and earn a minimum of a C- grade point average in 34 credits of core academic classes. More information can be obtained from your student’s school counselor or on the Indiana Department of Education website.


ISTEP+  Grade 10 - English & Language Arts/Mathematics

Grade Level: 10th

DCHS & DTSE Test Windows

Part 1:  February 27  March 3, 2017

Part 2:  April 17 – May 5, 2017

Beginning in 2016-17, 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 examinations. 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 assessment (source: www.doe.in.gov/assessment/istep-grade-10)

Students who have not passed both sections prior to their graduation date can potentially earn an Evidenced Based Wavier. This requires that the students take the test each year it is offered, attend school with a 95% of higher attendance rate, take advantage of all remediation opportunities, and earn a minimum of a C- grade point average. More information can be obtained from your student’s school counselor or on the Indiana Department of Education website.


ISTEP+  Grade 10 - Science

Grade Level: Typically 9th, may involve other grades

DCHS & DTSE Test Windows

Part 1:  February 27 – March 3, 2017

Part 2:  April 17 – May 5, 2017

The ISTEP+ Grade 10 Science exam will be given to students to meet federal guidelines during the year they take Biology. This is typically in the 9th grade level. Students that have not yet taken a Science exam in another school or state may be required to take it later than 9th grade. This test is not used for graduation qualification as the above mentioned ISTEP+ Grade 10 English/Language Arts and Mathematics.


NWEA

Grade Levels: Varies by school decision

DCHS & DTSE Test Windows

                  Fall:  August 8 – 26, 2016

                  Spring:  May 5 – 8, 2017

The NWEA is a designed to provide immediate feedback on actual academic progress. As students answer questions correctly, the difficulty level also increases. This allows educators to plan more individually for a student’s skill level. It also provides educators a roadmap on how to help a student improve in areas such as reading, language usage, and mathematics.


PSAT

Grade Levels:  10th & 11th

DCHS & DTSE Test Date

                  November 2, 2016

This test is designed by CollegeBoard, the same company that designs the SAT. The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 measure the knowledge and skills students have developed in reading, writing and language, and math. Student scores can connect them to scholarship opportunities and other honors. It is aligned with the newly redesigned SAT and allows students to preview and practice for the SAT. Students that take the PSAT can also use their results in conjunction with Khan Academy which provides free SAT practice and resources for all students. By allowing Khan permission to use the PSAT scores, a student specific study plan will be created for SAT preparation. Results typically are provided to students and families after winter break.  (source: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/pdf/psat-nmsqt-benefits-flyer-parents.pdf )