Our Journey Thus Far… June 1996 –Initial meetings began for the development of the Indiana Assessment System of Educational Proficiencies (IASEP), a project funded by the Indiana Department of Education, Division of Exceptional Learners (IDOE/DEL). August 1998 –First statewide alternate assessment is introduced
Foundations for children aged 3 to 5 published in 2002 November 2002 –State Board Approves 1 st Language for Participation in Alternate Assessment August 2003 –ISTAR assessment is used across the state in lieu of ISTEP+ for students who meet the participation criteria for Alternate Assessment Our Journey Thus Far…
Alternate Achievement Standard Setting Task Force August 2005
Carve out a SCD passing? 1% ISTAR No Pass ISTEP No Pass ISTEP Pass ISTAR Pass
Within the 1%, a second, larger group of students with significant cognitive disabilities can be be expected to attain academic skills that would permit them to independently hold jobs as adults. The Indiana State Board of Education approved two sets of criteria for student participation in the ISTAR assessment: Independent Functioning and Academic Competence. May 2008
a committee of experts met to design the assessment for science and social studies. The committees were given a set of the Indiana Academic Core Standards for each grade where the subject was tested in the general assessment. This included grade 4, 6, and 10 for science and grades 5 and 7 for social studies. Summer 2008
ISTAR was redesigned from the science and social studies work. Matrices of performance level descriptors were created. The ratings are referenced to the continuum of assessment indicators that have been extended directly from the Indiana state academic standards for mathematics, English/language arts, science and social studies. February 2009
A standard setting committee convened on December 8 and 9, 2009 to set achievement standards for grades 3-8 and 10 for Math, Language Arts and Science. Indiana Department of Education assessment content specialists and alternate assessment specialist are drafting performance level descriptors incorporating the committees recommendations and they will be sent for adoption by the State Board of Education December 2009
Participation in Alternate Assessment is a case conference decision. If your district uses ISTART7, the State Assessment decision from the Outcomes tab will lock down the options on the List Manager for the ISTAR purpose.
ISTAR-Alternate Assessment: Grade Bands for grades 3-5, 6-8 and 10. Academic assessment process includes 14 Performance Threads = continuum of progress Optional Performance Threads for functional and employability skills Performance Thread Rubric boxes will act as items and render a score
Rating ISTAR The ratings are referenced to the continuum of assessment indicators that have been extended directly from the Indiana state academic standards for mathematics, English/language arts, science and social studies. The user selects All performance skills/boxes per performance thread that apply to the student.
ISTAR Matrix Academic Standard Standard Area Standard Category Performance Thread Performance Skills