Indiana’s Alternate Measure (I AM) measures student achievement and growth according to Indiana’s Content Connectors aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards. I AM is the summative accountability assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities in grades 3-8 and high school. It assesses English/Language Arts (Grades 3-8 and 10), Mathematics (Grades 3-8 and 10), Science (Grades 4, 6, and Biology), and Social Studies (Grade 5).
- Frequently Asked Questions
When is the I AM assessment held?
The I AM assessment window is held within April and May annually. View this year’s assessment windows on the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Assessment webpage.
What is the test design for I AM?
I AM is an online, one-on-one, stage-adaptive test for all content areas. This means that the assessment will be delivered in two parts. In Part 1, all students will receive the same test form, consisting of items from a range of complexities. Performance on Part 1 determines placement into one of three tiered forms for Part 2. Each tiered form contains a combination of items from adjacent levels. Performance on items from both parts are combined for a final summative student score.
Who participates in I AM?
A Case Conference Committee may determine that I AM is the most appropriate assessment utilizing the criteria for determining eligibility to participate. More information regarding participation in the alternate assessment can be found below.
- Participation Guidance: English | Spanish
- Participation Frequently Asked Questions: English | Spanish
- Participation Flowchart: English | Spanish
For more information about ESSA’s 1% cap on participation in the alternate assessment, please visit the Alternate Assessment ESSA 1% Cap page here.
How will students receive scores?
Scores will become available to relevant users through the Cambium Assessment, Inc. (CAI) Centralized Reporting System (CRS). Schools are responsible for providing results to students and families locally using the Individual Student Report (ISR).
- Additional I AM Resources and Guidance
- I AM Test Blueprints
- Sample Items, Scoring, and Reporting Resources
IDOE releases 10 items from the I AM assessment every year in accordance with Indiana Code. These items may be used as sample assessments to familiarize students with test content and format.
- 2022-2023 Indiana Interpretive Guide for Statewide Assessments (Coming Soon)
- I AM Cut Scores
- I AM Policy Performance Level Descriptors
Mathematics English/Language Arts Science Social Studies Grade 3 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 4 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 5 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 6 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 8 Grade 10 Grade 10 Biology
- Additional Testing Resources
- I AM Specifications
For general assistance regarding statewide assessments, please contact IDOE’s Office of Student Assessment via email at INassessments@doe.in.gov or phone at (317) 232-9050.