Established in 1987, the ISTEP+ test is the primary standardized test the Indiana Department of Education and other state leaders use to assess the performance of both students and schools. Districts administer the test yearly to all students in grades 3-8. The assessment focuses on the core learning areas of English language arts and mathematics. Some grade levels also feature additional tests in science or social studies.
Maximum and passing scores vary depending on the grade level and test. While results are provided to students and parents, and can be used to identify students in need of remediation, the primary focus of the test is as an indicator of overall school performance.
ISTEP+ is modified regularly by the Indiana State Department of Education and is now exclusively conducted in a digital format.
Charter and accredited private schools are required to participate in ISTEP+ testing.