Many of us grew up taking the Iowa Test of Basic Skills.  This year, students across the state will be taking a new assessment, the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). This assessment is aligned with grade specific Iowa Core curriculum standards and will provide a clear and accurate assessment of student learning outcomes. These new assessments were developed in collaboration with Iowa educators, and are available in an online format.

The new assessments will be administered during this school year in the following subjects and grade levels:

  • Math: Grades 3–11
    • Online format
  • Reading: Grades 3-11
    • Online Format
  • Language/Writing: Grades 3-11
    • This test includes a language test and a writing test.  Grades 3-6 will take the writing test paper/pencil, and grades 7-11 will take it online.
  • Science: Grades 5, 8, and 10.
    • Online Format

Where previous tests relied heavily on multiple choice questions, the new reading, math, language/writing, and science tests will evaluate students’ skills using a mix of item types including technology-enhanced questions as well as open-ended essay questions. By allowing students to manipulate material on the screen, the technology-enhanced questions provide greater insights into learning than previously used multiple choice questions. Online testing also broadens its accessibility to students with a wider array of learning needs.

These new assessments will provide parents with important information about your child’s learning. The results will provide a detailed analysis of how students performed relevant to the proficiency definitions set on the Iowa Core standards. Over time, parents will also be able to access year-over-year analysis of how their child performed from one year to the next.

There are practice tests online for you to view and take with your child.  These practice tests also include some of the learning tools that will be available to them.  We encourage you to work with your child and explore some of the new testing formats.

Southeast Polk will begin administering these new assessments in April.  Students in grades 9-11 will take the tests the week of April 15th. Grades 6-8 will take the assessments during the week of April 22nd, and elementary students (Grades 3-5)  will take the tests during the week of April 29th. More information on these assessments will be shared beginning in April. Please contact me if you have any questions about this assessment.

Jo Ellen Latham
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
515-957-3407   X1010