ILEARN Blueprints

Blueprints define the essential content which will be measured by the assessment. Indiana educator committees, in collaboration with content experts, created the test blueprints for ILEARN. The resources below explain how to understand and use the ILEARN blueprints to support instruction.

MathematicsEnglish Language ArtsScienceSocial Studies
Grade 3Grade 3  
Grade 4Grade 4Grade 4 
Grade 5Grade 5 Grade 5
Grade 6Grade 6Grade 6 
Grade 7Grade 7  
Grade 8Grade 8  
  BiologyU.S. Government (optional)

NOTE: Grade 4 and 6 Science blueprints incorporate Computer Science Standards. These are noted in the blueprint document with references of 3-5 or 6-8 as defined in the Indiana Academic Standards.

ILEARN measures the breadth of Indiana Academic Standards. This means that all standards are represented in the blueprints, including Content Area Literacy, Media Literacy, Listening, and Computer Science Standards.

NOTE: Grade 4 and 6 Science blueprints incorporate Computer Science Standards. These are noted in the blueprint document with references of 3-5 or 6-8 as defined in the Indiana Academic Standards.

ILEARN measures the breadth of Indiana Academic Standards. This means that all standards are represented in the blueprints, including Content Area Literacy, Media Literacy, Listening, and Computer Science Standards.

ILEARN Item Specifications

Item Specifications define exactly how each standard will be measured. These documents are used by professional item writers to create items and include information such as evidence statements, Depth of Knowledge requirements, and sample items.

Per the recommendations of the 2016 ISTEP+ Panel, the Indiana Department of Education is leveraging quality content from third-party item banks for use on ILEARN assessments. These item banks are accompanied by item specifications which will be utilized where alignment was confirmed by Indiana educators. The item specifications available are described in the table below.

SpecificationDeveloperContent Areas Included
Indiana Item SpecificationsDeveloped by Indiana for Indiana standards and define custom item developmentMathematics, English/Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
ICCR Item Specifications*Developed by Cambium Assessments, Inc. (CAI) for their Independent College-and-Career-Ready item bank.Mathematics, English/Language Arts, Science
Smarter Balanced Item Specifications*Developed by Smarter Balanced for their Smarter Balanced item bank.Mathematics, English/Language Arts

*Some third-party item specifications include content beyond the scope of the associated Indiana Academic Standards. For these specifications, only those portions which align to the Indiana Academic Standard are used for ILEARN assessments. Indiana educators approved alignment of items to each Indiana Standard.

Visit the ILEARN Item Specification Database to view and print Item Specifications for each Indiana Academic Standard.