INDIANA – The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) recently released a request for proposal (RFP) to testing vendors to create a testing program that aligns with the standards and blueprint set forth by ILEARN, a test that will replace the ISTEP+ previously used by Indiana schools.
The department will continue accepting submissions until 3 p.m. on Aug. 24.
House Enrolled Act 1003 created the ILEARN assessment as a replacement to the ISTEP+ testing, according to a press release. The testing will go into effect during the 2018-19 school year, as the RFP and contract award process will go until October 2017.
The RFP also includes the IREAD-3 assessment, which is testing to ensure that students in third grade have developed “foundational reading standards” through third grade.
Like the ISTEP+, ILEARN will be administered to students in grades 3 through 8, as well as high school students.
The RFP sets forth blueprints that testing vendors must meet in order to be considered for a contract with the state. At the beginning of the contract, specifications are made by the state with the help of Indiana educators, according to IDOE press secretary Adam Baker.
IDOE representatives, representatives from the State Board of Education and school corporations will be responsible with reviewing and evaluating proposals from testing vendors in the early fall of this year.
Baker also said a third party will evaluate the testing vendor’s application to ensure it meets all requirements and standards set forth by Indiana Academic Standards.
The selected testing vendor will be responsible with the delivering of computer-adaptive forms, like multiple-choice and technology-enhanced items.
The ILEARN test is designed to better assess the student’s college and career readiness. Part of ILEARN is its computer adaptive testing, which, according to the press release, allows a better assessment of a student’s level of mastery of subjects.
“We are excited for the opportunity to refresh our approach to assessments here in the state of Indiana,” said Dr. Charity Flores, the IDOE Director of Assessment in a press release. “ILEARN provides the flexibility to rethink the way we assess students and through technology, creates a more comprehensive system ensuring we have a true understanding of the college and career readiness of our students.”