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ISTEP WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW?


WHEN?

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MARCH 3 – MARCH 21 – APPLIED SKILLS

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We will test starting March 10th

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APRIL 28 – MAY 7 – MULTIPLE CHOICE


WHO TAKES IT?

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GRADES 3 – 8

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GRADES 9 AND 10 TAKE END OF COURSE ASSESSMENT – SUBJECT SPECIFIC, LIKE ISTEP


WHAT’S TESTED?

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7TH – LANGUAGE ARTS, MATH, SOCIAL STUDIES (WORLD HISTORY)

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8TH – LANGUAGE ARTS, MATH


APPLIED SKILLS – WHAT IS IT?

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PAPER, PENCIL TEST READING PASSAGES 2 – 3 PAGES LONG

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WRITING SHORT ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS (CONSTRUCTED RESPONSES)

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WRITING SHORT ESSAY (EXTENDED RESPONSE)

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WRITING LONG ESSAY OR STORY

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LONG, MULTI-STEP MATH PROBLEMS THAT MUST BE EXPLAINED


MULTIPLE CHOICE – WHAT IS IT?

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MULTIPLE CHOICE TEST GIVEN OVER MULTIPLE DAYS

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TEST IS COMPLETED ONLINE


WHERE CAN I GO FOR INFORMATION? u www.doe.in.gov/assessment u Lots

of information you can look at, print, review, etc.


ITEM SAMPLES FOR EACH GRADE


WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP MY CHILD ACADEMICALLY?

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MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS READING EVERY NIGHT (20 – 30 MINUTES)

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GIVE YOUR CHILD A SHORT ARTICLE TO READ AND ASK HIM/HER TO WRITE OUT AN EXPLANATION OF SOMETHING IN THE PASSAGE

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(INSIST THAT YOUR CHILD USE THE AN ANSWER)

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MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD KNOWS MATH FACTS FORWARDS AND BACKWARDS WITHOUT A CALCULATOR

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MAKE YOUR CHILD TALK AND WRITE IN COMPLETE SENTENCES

RACE

FORMAT WHEN WRITING OUT


WHAT IS

R A C E?

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R – RESTATE THE QUESTION AS A STATEMENT AND

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A – ANSWER IT

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C – CITE EVIDENCE FROM THE TEXT

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E – IN YOUR OWN WORDS, EXPLAIN OR EXPAND YOUR ANSWER TO SHOW YOUR THINKING (NOT JUST COPYING FROM THE TEXT)


WHAT CAN I DO ON TEST DAYS?

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STRESS THAT LIFE IS FULL OF TESTS – THIS IS ONE OF MANY

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MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD HAS A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

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SAVE THE HASSLES FOR LATER (NO MORNING STRESS)

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NO TEST STRESS – EMPHASIZE THAT YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN WELL-PREPARED

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GOOD, NUTRITIOUS BREAKFAST (KEEP AWAY FROM HIGH SUGAR DUE TO SUGAR CRASH)


ISTEP MYTHS

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IF MY CHILD PASSES, HE/SHE WILL AUTOMATICALLY PASS TO THE NEXT GRADE

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IF MY CHILD FAILS, HE/SHE WILL AUTOMATICALLY FAIL THE GRADE

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REALITY – ISTEP IS ONE (VERY IMPORTANT) WAY WE MEASURE ACHIEVEMENT – PROMOTION OR RETENTION IS BASED ON A VARIETY OF ACHIEVEMENT TESTS (ISTEP, ACUITY, SRI, ETC.) AND DEMONSTRATION OF MASTERY OF SKILLS IN CLASS


TUTORING HELP OFFERED

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We offered tutoring Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

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Very few families took advantage of it.

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We will offer tutoring again in March and April.

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Sign up tonight if you want your child in tutoring.


QUESTIONS?

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whites@myips.org

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johnsoem@myips.org

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vancet@myips.org

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