Early last week, Indiana schools participated in the administration of a Readiness assessment simulating live testing in efforts to mitigate issues school corporations experienced last year. The Statewide Readiness Test aimed to ensure that each school had all of the necessary materials, equipment and supports to properly administer the fast approaching 2016 ISTEP+ assessment.
Schools across the state were challenged with several problems following the practice test, mostly centered on technical kinks and user errors. After a thorough analysis of the difficulties reported by schools during the first round, Indiana’s contracted testing operator, Pearson Learning Services, proposed an additional round of practice testing to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). Pearson will utilize the second statewide event to help inform online vs. paper/pencil test mode determinations.
“IPS is a large district serving the needs of many diverse students.  As such, we want to make sure that we choose the best testing mode – online or paper/pencil – to gather information on student academic growth,” says Dr. Yvonne Stokes, IPS Director of Research, Evaluation and Assessment.

Additional testing will take place this Friday, January 29 with two critical objectives in mind – confirm that schools have the ability to access Pearson’s testing system and to ensure that the testing system is equipped to offer online testing support for the state.