Dear Southeast Polk Parents and Families,
For many years, the state of Iowa has used the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Iowa Assessments to measure progress and growth. Perhaps you took these assessments yourself. Because of changing outcomes and curriculum, assessments have also changed. These tests will no longer be given, and a new state test has been created.
Last spring, schools across Iowa gave the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). This assessment measured achievement in Reading (Grades 3-11), Writing (Grades 3-11), Math (Grades 3-11) and Science (Grades 5, 8, and 10).
What’s different about these assessments?
There are several changes to this new assessment. One big change is that the test is taken online. Students are able to use online tools such as highlighting and ‘drag and drop’ to show what they know. Because of the online format, the new assessments include the traditional multiple choice questions as well as constructed responses and essays. Another change is that the previous assessment measured reading, math and science. The new assessment measures these areas as well as writing.
When will we receive results?
Because last spring was the first administration of the assessment, additional time was taken this summer to work with teacher teams from across the state to review data and establish cut scores for proficiency. Results are now available and will be sent home with your child on Monday, November 11th. Please check with your child next Monday to receive the assessment report.
As the tests have changed, so have the reports. A guide will be sent to parents and families through Infinite Campus next Monday to help describe and interpret these new reports. As we interpret this data, it is important to remember that this is a new assessment and a fresh start in reviewing results aligned to the standards being taught. It would not be appropriate for us to compare this data to previous years of the Iowa Assessment. The percentile ranks and standard scale scores are not aligned and would not serve as an accurate basis for comparison.
While the results are delayed for this first administration, we will have results much earlier in future years. We will also be able to begin some growth comparisons to this baseline data when we test this spring.
As you review the ISASP results next week, take time to talk about the results with your student. Ask questions and get feedback from your student on academic areas of strength, what additional supports will help, and what engages them in the classroom. Reach out to your school with this feedback and ISASP results to find out more on how to continue to help your student with growth and opportunities.
Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) Results Information for Parents