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The Tippecanoe School Corporation administers a variety of formative and summative assessments to measure student learning. While some assessments have been selected by the TSC to address a specific need, others are mandated by the State of Indiana. The data provided by these assessments help the TSC make informed instructional decisions as we strive to provide a high-quality educational experience at each of our schools.

Information about the assessments administered at the TSC has been provided below.

Accuplacer

General Information

  • Grades Tested: 9-12
  • The purpose of this assessment is to identify students in need of remediation before leaving high school. This test is only administered to students who meet certain criteria as determined by the IDOE.

  • Learn more about Accuplacer.

Advanced Placement

General Information

  • Grades Tested: 9-12
  • AP or Advanced Placement Exams are taken by students enrolled in AP classes and offer an opportunity for students to receive college credit at the university they plan to attend.
  • Learn more about Advanced Placement tests.

ECA

General Information

  • Grades Tested: 9-12 (Graduating Class of 2017 and 2018 only)
  • ECA is a graduation requirement for all students in grades 10 - 12, meaning they must pass both to receive a diploma. Students must complete Algebra I and English 10 to be eligible to test.
  • Learn more about End of Course Assessments.

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 assessments.

IREAD-3

General Information

  • Grades Tested: 3
  • This is designed to measure foundational reading standards and is a summative assessment.
  • Learn more about the IREAD-3 assessment.

ISTAR

General Information

  • Grades Tested: 3-10*
  • This assessment is Indiana's alternate assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities. This is used in place of ISTEP+.

  • Learn more about the ISTAR assessment.

* Only certain students with significant cognitive disabilities will take the ISTAR assessment.

ISTEP+

General Information

  • Grades Tested: 3-10
  • ISTEP+ is designed to measure student achievement in the subject areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grades 4 and 6), and social Studies (Grades 5 and 7) for grades 3 - 8.
    • Some 10th graders will only take the grade 10 math and English portion.

    • Grades 8 - 12 will also take the ISTEP+ 10 Science if they are currently enrolled in Biology for the first time.
    • Grades 10 - 12 will take the ISTEP+ 10 Science if they have previously completed Biology but have not completed the Biology ECA.
  • Learn more about the ISTEP assessment.

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 assessments.

NWEA

General Information

Grades Tested: K-10

NWEA stands for Northwest Evaluation Association, which is the non-profit organization that provides the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP test) for grades 3-10 and the Measures of Academic Progress for Primary Grades (MPG test) for grades K-2.

NWEA tests adapt according to the student's response to each question. If the student answers a question correctly, the following questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. The goal of an NWEA test is to provide questions that are difficult enough for the student to answer approximately half the items correctly and half incorrectly. The final score is an estimate of the student’s achievement level, which may be different from the student’s grade level. When a student finishes, we immediately receive instructional levels for each of the Indiana Academic Standards, which helps inform instruction.

Student Growth

Is my child making typical growth?

  • STUDENT RIT stands for Rasch Unit, which is a unit of measure that uses individual test question difficulty values to estimate student achievement. This score is independent of the age or grade of the student and reflects the instructional level at which the student is currently performing in each subject area.
  • STUDENT RIT PROJECTION for the end of the school year is based on the student's actual RIT score at the beginning of the school year and the average growth of students nationwide in the same grade-level that had a similar RIT score.
  • RIT GROWTH for an entire school year can be compared to the growth projection from the beginning of the year to evaluate whether the student progressed as expected.

What if my child didn't make significant growth between tests?

Scores from NWEA tests are estimates of performance and may not always reflect everyday performance. No score should be treated as an absolute or used in isolation. If a student had little or no growth between tests, it does not necessarily mean a student is not learning, that classroom instruction has not been effective, or that NWEA data is not reliable. Sometimes student scores fall for unidentified reasons, and additional data (such as classroom performance) will provide a more complete picture of student achievement.
When looking at unsatisfactory growth, consider the following:
  • Some students may have an off day, be distracted, not put in full effort, or testing conditions (interruptions for announcements, drills, temperature, etc.) in the school may have been less than ideal.
  • For students already performing at a high level of achievement, expected growth may be lower. Because test items on NWEA are independent of grade-level, high-achieving students will sometimes be have a few test items that involve content that they simply have not yet encountered, so the fact that they answer some of these items incorrectly is understandable.
  • In some cases a decline may still be in the range of the previous term’s score and may not truly be a decline.
Concerns about a student’s growth should be communicated to the teacher to check if this data is consistent with other classroom data.

Math and Reading Performance

How is my child performing in math & reading?

In the Goals Performance section of the Progress Report, a score for each goal area (topic or skill) included in the test is reported along with a goal range or descriptive adjective of the student’s score. The possible descriptors are Low (percentile < 21), LoAvg (percentile between 21 and 40), Avg (percentile between 41 and 60), HiAvg (percentile between 61 and 80), and High (percentile > 80). An asterisk (*) is displayed if the goal score could not be calculated due to too many items answered incorrectly or too few items available in the RIT range assessed. (Click on the images below to view skills within each goal area.)

Additional Resources

STAR Reading

General Information

Grades Tested: K-5

This is computer-adaptive assessment that identifies which skills and sub-skills your students know, and which skills they’re ready to work on next.

Beginning of the school year

The assessment provides a baseline of students’ reading performance and set the stage for continuous improvement in key areas of literature and informational text. This allows them to set attainable goals for the school year.

Middle of the School YEar

This assessment measures the progress and allows the teachers to adjust instruction and guide students for continued growth.

End of the School Year

This assessment measures the proficiency and mastery of the state standards.

TRC

General Information

  • Grades Tested: K-2
  • Text Reading Comprehension (TRC) provides our staff with specific information regarding each child’s reading patterns (i.e. is the child rereading certain parts, skipping words/phrases, using different word attack skills, etc.).

WIDA

General Information

  • Grades K-12
  • The WIDA standards allow educators to recognize and support their students’ academic language development and achievement serving as a foundation for curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The WIDA ELD standards allow English learners to communicate effectively for social and instructional purposes and academic content in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.

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