• ISTEP ONLINE 2014
     
    Online Test Window For ISTEP+ Multiple-Choice Assessment Grades 3-8: Monday April 28 - Friday May 13
    The purpose of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) program is to measure student achievement in the subject areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. In particular, ISTEP+ reports student achievement levels according to the Indiana Academic Standards that were adopted in November 2000 by the Indiana State Board of Education. An Applied Skills Assessment and a Multiple-Choice Assessment are used to measure these standards; they are required components of the ISTEP+ program.
     

    Reference Materials:
     
    Training Agenda for Teacher Training. All teachers and proctors must attend training prior to the administration of the ISTEP Online test. This document lists the agenda and important notes for a successful test experience.

    See selected sections of the Online Examiner Manual below:
     
    This interactive website provides students, school staff, parents and the community an oportunity to see what ISTEP+ looks like as an online test.  Take example test questions, navigate through the test, and use the online tools like the ruler and protractor. You can choose to see Grade 3, 4, 5, or 6-8 versions of the test. When asked for username and password, you may enter any name you wish since this is a "demo" version of the test.
    Online Checklist  Mandatory guide for every teacher to ensure test readiness. Includes: What should teachers do to prepare for the test?  What to do while conducting a test session.  Key information for test sessions - Practice Test, System Login, What to Emphasis to Students, Handling Problems During Test Sessions.
    Online Quickstart Guide - Resource primarily for Corporation Test Coordinators
    Online Quick Troubleshooting Tips - Five pages of what to do if certain errors are occuring during test time.
    Error Screen Example -  Here is what you see if the computer temporarily loses connection. If the issue does not resolve itself, move student to new computer. Recomendation: Have several PCs reserved in each lab to be available for students to quickly move to in case of technology malfunction.
    Online Tools:  View testing tools available to students: Blocking ruler to hide text while reading. Highlighter – Used to highlight portions of the screen. Eraser – Erases highlighting or option eliminator marks.  Mark for Later Review – Marks the question number in yellow at the bottom of the testing screen so a student can return to it later.  Option Eliminator – Allows students to place a red “X” over incorrect answer choices to help them pick the correct answer.  Manipulatives – On-screen tools (protractor, ruler, and calculator) that can help the student work through a problem.  Reference Card – Contains mathematical formulas that students can reference during certain questions. NOTE: The Reference Card is available only for certain grades.
    UPDATE: Blocking Ruler
    The blocking ruler tool was added to the ISTEP+ Online testing system after the ISTEP+ Online Multiple-Choice Examiner’s Manual was in production, so it is not visible in the online tools list in the manual. We apologize for this inconvenience. You may use the guidance below to practice the blocking ruler with students.
    SAY:     The fourth tool is the blocking ruler. As you read, you can use the blocking ruler to move down each line in a passage. You can also use the tool to move down the list of answer choices one at a time. Click on the blocking ruler icon and a thick ruler will appear across the screen. Then click on the ruler and practice dragging it up and down across the screen. You can use it just like a bookmark to track the words as you read. You can also move it from side to side on the screen. Practice moving the ruler from side to side now. Remember to move the ruler to the side when you get to the end of a passage or come to the end of your answer choices.
    Online Sample Testing Schedules - Examples of how to schedule lab time during the test window to ensure all students have the time they need to finish.
    DOE Website for ISTEP - Includes general information about the ISTEP test for Indiana
    Top Ten FAQS:  Example questions: Is the test timed?  Are students required to take the practice test? Can students use a calculator?
    Powerpoint: Summary of details on ISTEP+ Spring 2014
    Timing Irregularities Chart: This chart should be used to document any interruptions that may occur during the ISTEP online Assessment.
     
    Contact Information:
    If you need immediate assistance with technical problems with ISTEP online, contact the ITS helpdesk at 7676.
     

    CTB / Indiana Help Desk
    Telephone:       800-282-1132, option 2
    Fax:    800-282-0266
    Email:  ctb_istep_helpdesk@ctb.com
    CTB ISTEP+ Web Portal:  http://www.ctb.com/istep
    Hours of Operation: 6:30 am - 4:00 pm CST

    ISTEP+ Office
    Telephone 317-232-9050; Toll Free 888-544-7837
    Fax: 317-233-2196
    Website:  www.doe.in.gov/achievement/assessment
    Email: istep@doe.gov 
    Karen Stein, Spec. Programs Asmt. Specialist kstein@doe.in.gov