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After a much-needed break, our
students and staff are gearing up to complete the last portion of ISTEP testing
for the 2015-2016 school year. The final run of the assessment will
occur April 18–May 6 for Grades 3–8 and 10.

 

Although Gov. Mike Pence recently signed a bill into law
that repeals the unpopular exam by July 2017, ISTEP remains the benchmark used
to gauge students’ mastery of academic skills. A 23-member panel of educators
and experts has until December 1 to recommend a new standardized test for
Hoosier students, which will be implemented during the 2017–2018 school year.
In the meantime, we’re looking for our students to do their best on the final
portion of this year’s ISTEP assessment.

 

Here are a few pre-testing tips to keep your student calm
and focused:

  • Make sure your child gets a good night’s rest
    before the test.
  • Make sure your student has a healthy and
    nutritious breakfast the morning of the test.
  • Ensure your student is present and on time
    during testing. Students generally perform better when testing with their class
    rather than taking a make-up test.
  • Encouragement can go a long way. Remind them
    that the test allows them to show what they know. Wish them luck and encourage
    them to do their best.

 

Parents have access to ISTEP practice tests, if they would like
to offer additional test prep from home or gain a better understanding of the
test themselves. Any additional questions or concerns about testing should be directed
to your child’s teacher or school counselor. 
We encourage all of our students to do their personal best and wish
everyone luck as we close out ISTEP testing season for this school year.