ISTEP+ Grades 3-8


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. An Applied Skills Assessment and a Multiple-Choice Assessment, which are required components of the ISTEP+ program, are used to measure these standards.


The purpose of the test blueprints, designed with the help of Indiana classroom teachers, is to make transparent to educators the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of students on the assessments.

The blueprints can be used as tools to:

  • Align expectations regarding mastery of the standards;
  • Identify the degree of emphasis of curricular components;
  • Assist and guide in prioritizing curriculum and instructional planning; and
  • Enhance classroom assessment.
Content Area Grade
English/Language Arts Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
Mathematics Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
Science N/A Grade 4 N/A Grade 6 N/A N/A
Social Studies N/A N/A Grade 5 N/A Grade 7 N/A

Item Samplers

The Item Samplers on this website provide information about ISTEP+ for students, parents, educators, and others. The items in each sampler are examples of the types of items found on ISTEP+. These examples can serve as models when teachers are constructing items for classroom assessment. It should be noted that the samplers are not practice tests.

English/Language Arts Grades 3-5
(coming soon)
Mathematics Grades 3-5
(coming soon)
Science Grades 4 & 6
English/Language Arts Grades 6-8
(coming soon)
Mathematics Grades 6-8
(coming soon)
Social Studies Grades 5 & 7

Instructional and Assessment Guidance

The purpose of these documents is to provide educators with instructional and assessment guidance.

English/Language Arts Grades 3-8
Mathematics Grades 3-8
2014-15 Mathematics Update WebEx (Information regarding 2014 Math Standards, ISTEP+ Assessments Grades 3-8 Blueprints, Instructional and Assessment Guidance documents, as well as other essential information related to the 2014 Math Standards and ISTEP+ Assessments)
Video: Mathematics Update Grades 3-8
PowerPoint used in the video
Science Grades 4, 6
Social Studies Grades 5, 7

Additional Resources


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