This information will be vital as you prepare your students for this new assessment.

Stay tuned as additional information is shared about ILEARN throughout the year!

Released Items Repository

The Office of Assessment releases 10 items per grade and content area each year from state assessments. Released Items are provided in AIR’s sample test delivery system and can be used as sample assessments to familiarize students with test content and format.

Please take a moment to click on the link below to experience the AIR platform and share with your students. (This is NOT the same as the practice test students will take in the spring. This is an additional practice that can be utilized in class, shared publicly, etc.)

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Released Items Repository Scoring Guides

The IDOE has released scoring guides that give you additional sample questions as well as a few sample answers for short answer questions and how they would be scored with each rubric. Unfortunately, this document does not include sample writing prompt exemplars for each scoring level which I know were helpful documents in the past. You can use the short answer sample responses with students. (i.e. If this was the question, and this was your answer, what score would you give it on ISTEP? or What is the difference between this answer that got a score of a 2 and this one that received a score of a 3?) The more familiar students can get with the actual scoring rubrics that will be used and what "good" looks like, the better off they will be!

Visit this site and click on your grade level under "Released Items Repository Scoring Guides."

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Rubrics and Scoring Information

At the very tail end of the same site as above are copies of the ELA rubrics in a printable format. Rubrics are provided for the following types of writing tasks:

Opinion Rubric - Grades 3-5

Informational Rubric - Grades 3-5

Narrative Rubric - Grades 3-8

Argumentative Rubric - Grades 6-8

Explanatory Rubric - Grades 6-8

You will notice that each writing prompt will be scored for Organization/Purpose, Evidence/Elaboration, and Conventions.

Are you utilizing these rubrics in class to score your student's writing? You should be! Go over this rubric with students, make sure they can score their own writing, and make sure you can score their writing according to this rubric.

A helpful tip to save you some grading time: You do NOT need to grade each of these components EVERY time you grade an assignment. You can always pick out one thing you are looking for and grade only that. (For example: Today, we are going to work on adding an effective introduction to our opinion writing piece. When you turn in your paper, that is what I will be grading, and I will use the rubric criteria to do so. Another day, you may use this same paper to work on ensuring students have used adequate evidence from the source material to back up their opinion. You will teach it, practice it, and assess only that component.) By the end, you have a full paper with all components needed!

Visit the link below and go all the way to the bottom of the page under "Rubrics and Scoring Information" to access these very important documents!

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The rescore process has changed!

Before ILEARN, rescores could be initiated by the parent via their own child's individual Parent Portal site OR by the school with permission from the parent. A student's score could only go up, so there was really no reason why you wouldn't request the rescore if you had any question they could get more points. This process has now changed.

What's new with rescores for ILEARN?

  • Rescore requests may result in an increased or decreased scale score.
  • Local schools will manage the rescore request process on behalf of parents (Parents will no longer have direct online access to student results). Pursuant to Indiana Code 20-32-5.1- 12(d), a student's parent or the student's principal may request a rescoring of a student's responses to a statewide assessment, including a student's essay. A student's final score on a rescored statewide assessment must reflect the student's actual score on the rescored statewide assessment regardless of whether the student's score decreased or improved on the rescored assessment.
  • Parents must visit the school to view students’ response images and scoring rubrics.
  • Schools must accommodate parent requests to visit the school for purposes of discussing assessment results, viewing student response images, and/or requesting rescores.
  • Permissioned school personnel will submit all rescore requests on behalf of parents in AIR’s Test Information and Distribution Engine (TIDE**).
  • Schools must notify parents before submitting any rescore request(s) due to increased or decreased scale score changes.