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High School Assessment

The State of Indiana provides a variety of assessments intended to support high school students.

Some assessments may impact graduation requirements. Visit the Graduation Pathways site to see information about high school graduation requirements.

High School Assessments

High School Assessment

ISTEP+ Retest

Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) is an assessment that measures student achievement in Mathematics and English/Language Arts as indicated in the Indiana Academic Standards (IAS). ISTEP+ serves as a Graduation Qualifying Examination (GQE) for students in cohorts 2019-2022. Students who are graduating via graduation pathways do not need to complete the ISTEP+ in order to fulfill their graduation requirements.

Two retest windows are available for School year 2021-2022. The Winter Retest is open November 8 – December 10, 2021. The Spring Retest is open February 7 – March 4, 2022. Additional key dates can be found on the ISTEP+ Retest 2021-2022 Milestones document.

The assessments are administered in two parts. Part 1 consists of Applied Skills (open-ended) items and Part includes multiple-choice and technology-enhanced items. Both Part 1 and Part 2 are required components of the ISTEP+ program and are used to measure student mastery of the IAS that were adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education in 2014. For Mathematics, ISTEP+ assesses Algebra 1 and Grade 8 foundational math skills. ISTEP+ assesses Grade 10 for English/Language Arts.

Parents seeking student scores should contact their local school for information about accessing their student’s results. More information on understanding ISTEP+ scores can be found on the ISTEP+ Interpretive Guide, available through the Resources on the ISTEP+ Portal.

Test Design Documents

Scoring Documentation

For questions related to ISTEP+, please contact the Indiana Department of Education at INAssessments@doe.in.gov or (317) 234-2881.

College Board SAT for High School Accountability

Indiana will use the SAT® (provided by College Board) to fulfill requirements listed in Indiana Code 20-32-5.1-7(d) for high school accountability. Students may also use scores to fulfill some high school graduation requirements. SAT assesses high school Mathematics, Reading, and Writing standards in grade 11. The SAT is administered in the spring of each school year, beginning Spring 2022.

For spring 2022, the Primary Testing Window for the SAT School Day administration is March 2 – 4, 2022. A Make-Up Testing Window is available from April 13 – April 20, 2022 (excluding Monday, April 18) for students and schools that are unable to test during the Primary Testing Window.

SAT Guidance

PSAT/NMSQT

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized assessment administered by College Board and co-sponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) in the United States. The State of Indiana provides funds (as appropriated in HEA 1001 [2019]) to measure students’ college- and career-readiness, indicate student academic strengths and challenges, and provide additional support to students (I.C. 20-32-9-3). PSAT/NMSQT may be administered to students in grade 10 and/or grade 11 for this purpose.

Naturalization Examination

Indiana Code 20-30-5-7 requires Indiana high schools to administer the naturalization examination, provided by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), to each student enrolled in a U.S. Government course where credit is awarded for General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, or Core 40 with Technical Honors designation. Further information regarding administering and reporting this naturalization examination is available in this memo.