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 students' school day.
ISTEP+ Grade 10 - English/Language Arts & Mathematics
Class of 2020, 2021, & 2022
Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) is an assessment that measures student achievement in Mathematics and English/Language Arts beginning in Grade 10. ISTEP+ Grade 10 is Indiana’s high school accountability assessment through school year 2019-2020 and impacts student graduation through cohort 2022.
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.
College Entrance Exam
Class of 2023 & beyond
Public Law 192-2018 replaces ISTEP+ Grade 10 assessments with a nationally recognized college entrance exam. The specific college entrance exam has not yet been selected.
ISTEP+ Grade 10 will be administered through school year 2019-2020. The transition from the ISTEP+ Grade 10, which is administered during the 10th grade year, and the college entrance exam, which is administered during the 11th grade year, brings about a “gap year” when no high school accountability assessment will be administered. This gap year prevents the double testing of the same cohort of students for accountability purposes, and allows for a clean transition between assessments.
ILEARN - Biology End-of-Course Assessment
Grade Level: 9th
ILEARN is Indiana’s online computer adaptive assessment designed to measure a child’s proficiency of the Indiana Academic Standards in Biology. ILEARN fulfills both state and federal legislative requirements as the accountability assessment for Indiana students.
Grade Levels: 10th & 11th
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: varies & based on enrolled courses
Star Assessments are computer-adaptive tests (CATs) for pre-K—12 students that measure reading, math, and early literacy skills.Your child’s teacher will use the data from Star Assessments to answer essential questions he or she has about your child’s learning needs and to improve academic outcomes for all the students in the class.
Grade Levels: 10th & 11th
Students that have not yet passed the ISTEP+ Grade 10 in the Class of 20, 21 & 22 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