The purpose of the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+) program is to measure student achievement in the subject areas of English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science (Grades 4 and 6), and Social Studies (Grades 5 and 7). In particular, ISTEP+ reports student achievement levels according to the Indiana Academic Standards that were adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education. The assessments are administered in two parts: Part 1 consists of applied skills (open-ended) items, and Part 2 includes multiple-choice and technology-enhanced items. Both Part 1 and Part 2 are required components of the ISTEP+ program and are used to measure student mastery of the Indiana Academic Standards.

In 2016-17 the ISTEP+ Grade 10 English/Language Arts and Mathematics tests replaced the End of Course Assessments (ECAs) in Algebra I and English 10 as the graduation examinations. Every Indiana student in the graduating class of 2019 and beyond must demonstrate mastery of the Indiana Academic Standards measured by the ISTEP+ Grade 10 English/Language Arts and Mathematics assessments.


Passed in the 2017 legislative session, House Enrolled Act 1003 created the ILEARN assessment as a replacement for ISTEP+. ILEARN will be effective for the 2018-19 school year. One key improvement to the updated assessment is the computer adaptive functionality of ILEARN. As a computer adaptive test, students will receive challenge leveled questions that are adjusted and based upon the individual student’s responses and demonstrated skill-level during the assessment event. This adaptive design allows for assessments to better measure each student’s true level of mastery and identify where additional instruction is necessary.