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.
ISTEP+ Grade 10 - English & Language Arts/Mathematics
Grade Level: 10th-12th
ISTEP+ Grade 10 English/Language Arts and Mathematics tests have replaced 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.
ILEARN - Biology
Grade Level: 9th
Grade Levels: 10th & 11th
DCHS & DTSE Test Date
- October 10, 2018
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)
Grade Levels: all based on enrolled courses
Grade Levels: 11th & 12th
Students that have not yet passed the ISTEP+ Grade 10 are eligible to utilize ASVAB in lieu of passing ISTEP to graduate. This falls under the new Graduation Pathway guidance that can be found at https://www.doe.in.gov/graduation-pathways