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How You Can Help Your Child - ISTEP

*Keep things in perspective– no single test can determine the ability or future of a child.

*Become familiar with the new standards and check out the practice questions online. http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/istep-grades-3-8

*Make sure your child gets plenty of sleep and has a healthy breakfast during test weeks, and discuss ways to reduce stress.

 

ISTEP ---What to Expect

When is I-Step+ Given?
ISTEP+ Part 1 (*Applied Skills/Paper & Pencil) March 2-March 11
ISTEP+ Part 2 ( *Multiple Choice/Technology) April 27– May 15

New Standards Mean New Assessments
This Spring 2015, the I-STEP+ assessment will be different than the past, as it will measure standards that are more challenging and require higher levels of problem solving, writing, and critical thinking. These types of skills are particularly important in pre-paring students for college and/or careers.

New Item Types
Students will be able to use computer tools to answer new types of items. Teachers are providing practice with these technology enhanced questions. Find them here: http://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/experience-college-and-career-ready-assessment

Because Standards are More Rigorous, More Support May be Needed at Home
Stay in contact with your child’s teachers. Ask how you can sup-port your child and learn more about the new curriculum to help with the transition.