The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) are a set of procedures and measures for assessing the acquisition of early literacy skills from kindergarten through sixth grade. They are designed to be short (one minute) fluency measures used to regularly monitor the development of early literacy and early reading skills.
The DIBELS measures were specifically designed to assess the core components of reading:
Phonological Awareness, Alphabetic Principle, Accuracy and Fluency with Connected Text, Vocabulary and Comprehension. The measures are linked to one another and have been found to be predictive of later reading proficiency. Combined, the measures form an assessment system of early literacy development that allows educators to readily and reliably determine student progress.
Grades: K – 2nd
The purpose of the mCLASS assessments is to provide diagnostic measures for K-2 students in literacy and numeracy. mCLASS:Reading 3D and mCLASS:Math help identify students' foundational skills and provide teachers with instructional suggestions based on student performance on benchmark assessments and regular progress monitoring.
Test Dates: Reading: Aug 22 - Sept 19, 2011
Jan 9 - Feb 3, 2012
Apr 16 - May 11, 2012
Math: Sept 12 - Oct 7, 2011
Jan 30 - Feb 24, 2012
Apr 30 - May 25, 2012
Grades: 3rd – 8th
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*, and Social Studies
Test Dates: ISTEP Applied Skills March 5-14, 2012
ISTEP Multiple Choice April 30-May 9, 2012
Required by the Indiana Department of Education
* In particular, ISTEP+ reports student achievement levels according to the Indiana Academic Standards that were adopted in November 2000 by the Indiana State Board of Education. An Applied Skills Assessment and a Multiple-Choice Assessment are used to measure these standards; they are required components of the ISTEP+ program.
Grade: 3rd beginning Spring 2012
The purpose of the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (IREAD-3) assessment is to measure foundational reading standards through grade three. Based on the Indiana Academic Standards, IREAD-3 is a summative assessment that was developed in accordance with Public Law 109 which "requires the evaluation of reading skills for students who are in grade three beginning in the Spring of 2012 to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving on to grade four".
Test Dates: March 19-21, 2012
The purpose of the Acuity assessments is to provide diagnostic measures for grade 3-8 students in English/language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. Assessment reports provide standards-aligned performance data, which support an educator's ability to inform instruction at the student-, class-, school-, and corporation-level. There are four types of assessments available in the online Acuity assessment system including Predictive, Standard Diagnostic, Curriculum Map-Aligned and Tailored Diagnostic.Source: www./doe.in.gov
The purpose of NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress), also known as "The Nation's Report Card", is used to demonstrate performance over time for a selected sample within Indiana. This assessment is Test Dates: annually to students in grades 4, 8, and 12, and can be used to compare student performance across the United States. During selected assessment cycles, TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study), PISA (Program for International Student Assessment), and PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Study) are Test Dates: in conjunction with the NAEP assessment.
PARCC is the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers. Their one fundamental goal is to build a collective capacity to dramatically increase the rates at which students graduate from high school and are prepared for success in college and the workplace.
PARCC’s next-generation assessment system will provide students, educators, policymakers and the public with the tools needed to identify whether students — from grade 3 through high school — are on track for postsecondary success and, critically, where gaps may exist and how they can be addressed well before students enter college or the workforce.
Indiana is a governing state in PARCC. The Common Core assessment includes a summative test, which will be administered online beginning with the 2014-15 school year. The assessment includes “through-course assessments” that take place over the course of the year, allowing teachers to adjust their instruction based on students’ results. As a governing state, Indiana will pilot Common Core items in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and provide schools with data regarding student performance on the Common Core State Standards.
Grades K, 1, and 2
In 2011-12, kindergarten teachers will be the first to teach only the Common Core. Those kindergarteners will be the first class of 3rd graders to participate in the Common Core assessment. First-grade and second-grade students will learn Indiana Academic Standards and identified elements of Common Core in 2011-12. First-grade students will learn only Common Core in 2012-13. Second-grade students will learn only Common Core in 2013-14.
Students in grades 3-12 will receive an intentional introduction to the Common Core beginning with the 2011-12 school year to ensure they have the foundation for future learning with no instructional gaps. In 2014-15, all ELA and math teachers will only teach Common Core.
Source: www.parcconline.org and www.dc.doe.in.gov