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About ILEARN

ILEARN measures student achievement and growth according to Indiana Academic Standards. ILEARN is the summative accountability assessment for Indiana students and assesses:

  • English/Language Arts (Grades 3-8)
  • Mathematics (Grades 3-8) 
  • Science (Grades 4 and 6)
  • Social Studies (Grade 5)
  • Biology (High School)
  • U.S. Government – Optional (High School)

Access the Indiana Department of Education's Parent Message

Common questions about ILEARN

Who participates in ILEARN? 

ILEARN assesses students in Grades 3-8 and High School Biology. ILEARN contributes to annual accountability measures.

What does ILEARN assess? 

ILEARN assesses achievement of Indiana Academic Standards for the following grades and subject areas:

  • English/Language Arts (Grades 3-8)
  • Mathematics (Grades 3-8)
  • Science (Grades 4, 6, and High School)
  • Social Studies (Grade 5)

You can view Released Items, or sample tests, for each of these content areas and grade levels on Indiana’s Released Items Repository.

When is the ILEARN assessment window? 

The 2018-2019 assessment window is April 22 – May 17, 2019

How is ILEARN delivered to students? 

ILEARN is a computer-adaptive test for Mathematics and English/Language Arts. Computer-adaptive assessments adjust the test questions that students see based on their performance. This adaptation allows each student to receive an individualized assessment that provides more precise data about student achievement. To learn more about computer-adaptive tests, visit our Assessment Literacy page.

For Science and Social Studies, ILEARN is an online fixed form assessment. This means that all students within a grade level will receive the same test questions when taking these assessments.

The primary test mode is online. Paper, Large Print, and Braille materials will only be available for students as an accommodation.'

When are the ILEARN results available? 

The American Institutes for Research, or AIR, will provide student proficiency information by August 15, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year. This is a later date than data will be provided in the future as Standard Setting (determining cut scores) must occur over the summer. More information on obtaining test results will be provided as we near the testing window.

What resources are available to help prepare students for the assessment? 

The Released Items Repository provides sample tests for all grade levels and content areas. Students can practice answering questions and using the different tools that are available.

For additional resources that describe the assessment (including our test blueprints and item specifications), visit our Test Design webpage.

What can parents do to help students prepare for ILEARN?

  • Stay connected. Cramming for a test rarely results in the type of learning that will stay with your child throughout his or her life. The best preparation is to provide consistent support to your child throughout his or her education.
  • Know what’s expected. Read Indiana’s Academic Standards so you know what your child should know and be able to do, reinforce these expectations at home, and stay connected to your child’s academic performance throughout the year.
  • Check grades. Your son or daughter may say things are "fine" at school but don’t stop checking report cards, progress reports, or, if available, your child’s online grades or class progress.
  • Talk to the teacher. Teachers know how hard children are working, how well they are behaving, the quality of their homework and what areas need improvement. Collect e-mail addresses or phone numbers of all your child’s teachers and check in periodically.
  • Don’t buckle on homework. If your child is not studying at home, ask why, and double-check with teachers. It’s tough to hold the line, but making sure your child does his or her homework is important for academic success.
  • Ask for help. Students who are struggling in a particular class may need extra help after school or with a tutor. Find out from your school where you can go for help and make sure your student gets the help he or she needs. Catching a problem area now can make a big difference.
  • Go to parent meetings. Most schools offer parent nights or teacher/parent sessions that provide great information. Check your school’s calendar at the beginning of the year and plan to attend.
  • Get involved. Nothing will have a bigger impact on your student’s success than your involvement in his or her education.

What can parents do to support students during testing?

PRACTICING FOR THE NEW ILEARN

Students will be able to use computer tools to answer new types of question items. Teacher are providing practice with these technology enhanced questions. You can also provide practice with these by accessing this link.

GETTING READY FOR ILEARN

  • Be prepared. Cramming for any test is never the best way to prepare. Keep up with your homework and ask your teachers for help when you need it.
  • Review. In the weeks before your test, take it seriously when your teachers review important information.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Go to bed a little earlier so you get a good night’s sleep. Being well rested will give you an extra boost of energy for test day.
  • Have a good breakfast. Eat protein (eggs, meat, cheese, etc.), which will help you perform better than a sugary donut. Too much food can make you feel sleepy, so don’t overdo it.
  • Take a break. Get some exercise during your breaks or after school to keep your energy up.
  • Ask for help. If you’ve had trouble with ISTEP+ or ILEARN in the past, ask a teacher, counselor or parent about extra help now.
  • Double-check your work on the test. You’ll catch mistakes if you take time to proofread your answers carefully.