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FAQ - General Test AdministrationGeneral Test Administration

  • ILEARN measures all Indiana Academic Standards, including content literacy and media literacy standards on the English/Language Arts assessments, process standards on the Mathematics assessments, and the new computer science standards on the Science assessment. 

  • ILEARN is a computer-adaptive test (CAT) for Mathematics and English/Language Arts.  CATs individualize the test for students based on their responses to previous questions or sets of questions.  This allows for a unique assessment experience for students at their level of mastery, resulting in more precise data outcomes. Science assessments will be an online fixed form assessment for Spring 2019, transitioning to computer adaptive as the item bank increases. Social Studies is an online fixed form assessment.

  • No. The computer adaptive algorithm for ILEARN will adjust on difficulty while measuring on-grade-level content according to the blueprint.

  • No. Test blueprints have defined the number of items that all students will receive for the summative assessment at each grade level.  However, since the assessment is untimed, students may not all finish at the same time.

  • Indiana educators have been an essential part of ILEARN development since its inception, informing the new test blueprints and item specifications and ensuring the alignment of items in licensed banks. The Department will recruit educators to review items and passages and develop performance level descriptors this spring and summer. The Department will also invite educators to hand score open-ended test items in Spring 2019, and recruit educators to help inform these critical stages of test development:

    • Content and Fairness Reviews (Every Summer/Fall)
    • Data Review and Range-finding (Every Summer)
    • Standard Setting (Summer 2019)

  • Yes. Indiana’s Released Items Repository provides several items from third-party item banks and custom Indiana development embedded in AIR’s platform. Sample tests can be accessed for each grade level and content area. Accommodations and accessibility features may be enabled as desired. The Released Items Repository may be accessed via the https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearnILEARN website.

  • A key focus of ILEARN is accessibility for all students. Several universal and designated supports are available for all students such as the use of glossaries, zoom tools, and highlighters. ILEARN assessments will be untimed, allowing for flexible testing times for all students throughout the window. Specific accommodations, such as Text to Speech, are available for students with IEPs, Section 504 Plans, and ILPs. Additional guidance can be found on our website: https://www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn-educators.

  • The Department revisited the use of the calculator in grades 3-5 as an accommodation to ensure reporting reflects the construct being assessed.  After receiving feedback from educators regarding accessibility, IDOE will no longer allow calculators as an accommodation to provide actionable feedback about evidence from students in regards to foundational mathematical skills including computation. For more information about calculator usage for grades 6-8, see our updated calculator policy

  • Yes, the primary testing mode is online. A fixed paper/pencil form will be available in limited quantities for students as an accommodation and/or for schools with significantly limited online capacity only. The paper/pencil test form will not be able to yield the same level of reporting data as the CAT form.

  • Technology setup for ILEARN is minimal. No local caching is required. A single secure browser must be deployed to each testing device. Available now for schools, AIR’s network diagnostic tool simulates testing load on a network and provides data on network performance. These tools as well as other technology tips are available in our Technology Flyer

  • Yes, scale scores are still provided with ILEARN reporting. On all assessments, item parameters (including pattern of responses and item difficulty) provide a point on the associated scale score to define student performance.

  • The primary mode for assessment is online for all grades and content areas. A fixed paper-and-pencil form will be available in limited quantities for students as an accommodation and for schools with extremely limited online capacity. The paper/pencil test forms will not yield the same in-depth level of reporting as the online assessments.

  • ILEARN reporting will include a scale score and reporting category sub-scores based on each test blueprint. Also included in ILEARN data reports are Lexiles (to track reading growth on a continuous scale) and Quantiles (to track math growth on a continuous scale). Aggregate reporting will provide standard-level data for groups of students.

  • Yes. Students need headphones or ear buds that are compatible with the school-owned devices with which they are testing. All students will interact with English/Language Arts items that assess listening and media literacy standards. Students with a text-to-speech (TTS) accommodation also need headphones or ear buds for all content areas, as applicable.No. Beginning in Spring 2019, all ILEARN and IREAD-3 manuals (e.g., Test Administrator’s Manuals, Test Coordinator’s Manuals) will be available online only. Test administrators/examiners may read aloud the test administration script directly from their school-owned devices or they may print any manual prior to test administration.

  • In year 1, standard setting must occur after test administration.  Student results will be delivered by August 15. After year 1, individual student results will be delivered within 12 days. A rescore window will be provided before final results are released. All reporting will be finalized by July 1.

  • A student who finishes a test segment early may either sit quietly at his or her desk or read a book while waiting for the test session to conclude for all students. The student may not return to previous test items once he or she completes a segment, but should wait quietly until the test administrator provides additional instructions.

  • Students will participate in the ILEARN Biology ECA beginning in the 2018-19 school year. Students should participate in this assessment at the completion of their Biology course work, regardless of grade level. ISTEP+ Grade 10 Mathematics and English/Language Arts continue to be a graduation requirement for 2018-19.

  • Corporations and schools must first download AIR’s secure browser from the Indiana Assessment Portal. Schools can access the secure online practice tests via the secure browser beginning October 1.
     

    The ILEARN 3-8 Test Administrator’s Manual (available for download in January 2019) will contain specific practice test scripts, but in the interim, please refer to the Practice Test User Guide in the Indiana Assessment Portal

  • Yes. Students must participate in each content-specific practice test at least once before taking the operational assessment. Please review the Indiana Department of Education’s (IDOE) Practice Test Guidance for more details.

  • There will be one Performance Task (PT) on the Mathematics, English/Language Arts, and Science assessments, respectively. Students will not encounter a Performance Task on the Social Studies assessment.

  • The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) will provide to AIR a majority of student registration information extracted from current RT/EM and Indiana IEP data. DOE-TL (Test Layout) and DOE-TA (Testing Accommodations) Data Layout drafts are now available in the IDOE - Data Collection community in Learning Connection. The DOE-TA will be used to submit students with testing accommodations formally documented in a Section 504 Plan, ILP, or ISP.

  • The online English glossary tool is automatically provided to all students and enables students to click on pre-selected construct-irrelevant terms when taking the Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and English/Language Arts assessments. Translated glossaries will be available in Spanish, Burmese, Mandarin, Arabic, and Vietnamese. Translated glossaries are designated features that schools may activate for any student prior to the start of testing. Please see the Accommodations and Accessibility Guidance for more information.

  • The stacked Spanish translation is considered a designated support.  It is available for any student who has proficient literacy skills in the Spanish language determined by an educator (or team of educators) who are familiar with the student’s learning characteristics and needs.  We recommend students have the opportunity to practice using this tool through the Released Item Repository prior to the operational assessment.

  • The Desmos Calculators are embedded in the ILEARN Mathematics assessments beginning in Spring 2019. Schools, students, and families may access the Desmos Calculators for free throughout the year. Please review the Desmos Calculator Guidance for more information and to access links to the free calculators.

  • AIR will offer training webinars this fall for corporations and schools to become familiar with the Test Delivery System (TDS) and Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE). More details will be forthcoming.

  • Beginning in Spring 2019, all ILEARN and IREAD-3 manuals (e.g., Test Administration Manuals, Test Coordinator Manuals) will be available online only. Test examiners may read the test administration script directly from their school-owned devices or they may download and print the manuals prior to test administration.

  • New content-specific rubrics will be used to score open-ended Mathematics and English/Language Arts items while item-specific rubrics will continue to be used to score open-ended Science and Social Studies items. Final Mathematics and English/Language Arts rubrics will be posted to our website by October 1.

  • In Spring 2019, educators will be recruited to score student responses to open-ended items. Educators must commit to a three-week period during which they receive training and score student responses. Educators will be paid a stipend for their work, which will occur outside of the school day. Look for more information with the October 1 release.

  • IDOE defined three separate testing windows to accommodate schools’ semester and trimester course schedules. Students will participate in the ILEARN Biology ECA once they have completed their Biology course work.

  • Students may participate in the optional ILEARN U.S. Government ECA upon completion of their U.S. Government course work. This online assessment will be available in the spring only, and schools may choose to use students’ results when factoring final course grades.

  • ILEARN is fundamentally different from ISTEP+. ILEARN is being developed to align to new blueprints and new item specifications. Educator committees will also recommend new proficiency levels and cut scores that will inform how student results are reported.

  • The ILEARN website provides many resources specific to ILEARN as well as general assessment resources including (but not limited to):

    • Test Blueprints
    • Item Specifications
    • Released Items Repository
    • Accessibility and Accommodations Guidance
    • Technology Resources
    • Computer Adaptive Testing Training
    • Assessment Literacy Resources

    Interested schools and community members may contact the Office of Student Assessment at INassessment@doe.in.gov to request additional information and guidance, as necessary.

FAQ - Data CollectionsData Collections

  • It is critical that corporations and schools maintain accurate records in local and state data systems throughout the school year. Student data must be reported via one or more of these channels:

    • IDOE will provide to AIR a majority of student registration information extracted from current RT/EM and Indiana IEP data via a nightly data feed leading up to and throughout each assessment window.

    • DOE-TA: For ILEARN 3-8, IDOE will report students eligible to participate in the assessment and special education testing accommodations. Corporations and schools will report only students with testing accommodations formally documented in a Section 504 Plan, ILP (English Learners), or ISP (non-public schools) via the DOE-TA.

    • DOE-TL: For ILEARN Biology and U.S. Government ECAs, corporations and schools will report all students participating in each assessment and student demographic data, including testing accommodations formally documented in a 504 Plan, ILP, or ISP. IDOE will report special education accommodations extracted from Indiana IEP.

    The DOE-TA and DOE-TL Data Layout drafts are now available in the IDOE – Data Reporting community of Learning Connection.

    Updates to student information cannot be made in TIDE. All updates must be made via RT/EM, Indiana IEP, and/or the TA/TL in order for the changes to be reflected in TIDE.

FAQ - Assessment DesignAssessment Design

  • Content Area

    Number of Test Segments

    TOTAL Test

    Segments

    Computer-Adaptive Test

    (CAT)

    Fixed Form

    Performance Task (PT)

    Mathematics

    1

    N/A

    1

    2

    English/

    Language Arts

    1

    N/A

    2

    3

    Science

    N/A

    1

    1

    2

    Social Studies

    N/A

    1

    N/A

    1

    Biology ECA

    N/A

    1

    1

    2

    U.S. Government ECA

    N/A

    1

    N/A

    1

    Review the ILEARN 3-8 Test Administrator’s Manual or the ILEARN Scheduling & Timing Guidance for more information about individual test segments.

FAQ - Online Setup, Training & AdministrationOnline Setup, Training & Administration

  • Technology setup for ILEARN is minimal. No local caching or secondary save location is required. A single secure browser must be deployed to each testing device. Available for schools is AIR’s network diagnostic tool, which simulates testing load on a network and provides data on network performance. Setup information, including device and system requirements, can be found in the Technology Setup for Online Testing Quick Guide.

  • Please review IDOE’s expectations for online testing as outlined in the ILEARN Technology Policy.

  • All functionality of ILEARN’s testing system is compatible with touch screen devices. Students have full access to the test system’s features while using touch screen devices.

    Note: Hybrid Chromebooks running in Tablet Mode and tablets running Chrome OS are not supported. However, touchscreen features can be used on Chromebooks, when available.

  • Optional on-demand training webinars and modules are scheduled this fall for a variety of school audiences involved with test administration. A complete training schedule was sent to CTCs in late August. Recorded sessions and PowerPoint slides for each training will post to the Indiana Assessment Portal on a rolling basis.

  • All licensed school personnel planning to administer ILEARN and/or IREAD-3 assessments must complete the Test Administrator’s Certification Course before they will be allowed to initiate student test sessions in the online system. Test administrators (formerly “examiners”) may choose to print the completion certificate at the end of the module. Completion records will be documented in AIR’s online system.

  • All educators who plan to administer the ILEARN and IREAD-3 assessments must complete this course individually. Group completion of the Test Administrator Certification Course would not satisfy the training requirement, but local schools are welcome to review the contents of the course in a group setting ahead of the test window, if desired. 

  • Yes. All test administrators (TAs) must complete the required certification course ahead of ILEARN administration. While the platform used to deliver AIR’s AirWays assessment is similar to the one educators will use for ILEARN, it is not identical. 

FAQ - Scheduling & TimingScheduling & Timing

  • No. Test blueprints have defined the number of operational items that all students will receive on the summative assessment at each grade level.

  • Review the ILEARN Scheduling & Timing Guidance for timing details, including suggested testing times, pause rules, scheduling scenarios, and other guidance.

  • No. This is just one of many available options. With ILEARN, schools will have significantly more flexibility when scheduling student tests. Review the ILEARN Scheduling & Timing Guidance for more details.

  • No. Since the computer-adaptive algorithm requires student’s response in order to determine the subsequent item, the student must answer an item before preceding to the next item. The student may mark an item for review and return to it in the current test segment (and change the response, if desired), but the system will not allow students to skip any item.

  • Schools may administer one Computer-Adaptive Test (CAT) (i.e., non-Performance Task) segment to students over the course of one or more days, as needed. Schools must schedule additional test session(s) for students who need more time to complete a given test segment.

    Students must start and finish the Performance Task (PT) for a given content area in a single day.

    This guidance applies to students regardless of testing mode (online and paper-and-pencil).

    *The English/Language Arts PT contains two segments and must be administered over two days. See ILEARN Scheduling & Timing Guidance for more details.

FAQ - Accessibility & AccommodationsAccessibility & Accommodations

  • A key focus of ILEARN is accessibility for all students. Several universal and designated features are available for all students such as the use of glossaries, zoom tools, and highlighters. ILEARN assessments will be untimed, allowing for flexible testing times for all students throughout the window. Specific accommodations, such as Text to Speech, are available for students with IEPs, Section 504 Plans, and ILPs. Review IDOE’s Accommodations and Accessibility Guidance for more information.

  • The online English glossary tool is automatically provided to all students and enables students to click on pre-selected construct-irrelevant terms when taking the Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and English/Language Arts assessments. Translated glossaries will be available in Spanish, Burmese, Mandarin, Arabic, and Vietnamese. Translated glossaries are designated features that schools may activate for any student prior to the start of testing. Reference the Accommodations and Accessibility Guidance for more information.

  • The stacked Spanish translation is considered a designated feature. It is available for any student who has proficient literacy skills in the Spanish language determined by an educator (or team of educators) who are familiar with the student’s learning characteristics and needs. We recommend students have the opportunity to practice using this tool through the Released Item Repository prior to the operational assessment. 

  • Spellcheck is available for students as they respond to the writing prompt in the Performance Task at each grade level. Students must activate this tool by selecting the spellcheck icon.

  • The notepad tool is available for all students to use as a means of recording informal notes and ideas as they read passages and review items.

FAQ - Mathematics AccommodationsMathematics Accommodations

  • IDOE revisited the use of the calculator as an accommodation to ensure reporting reflects the construct (i.e., skill or concept) being assessed. An accommodation is a change in the testing materials or procedures, but not a change to the construct being measured. Based on these definitions and the discussion of an educator panel:

    • No calculator, even as an accommodation, is allowed for Grades 3-5;
    • No calculator, even as an accommodation, is allowed for the very small quantity of non-calculator items (as defined on the item specifications) for Grades 6-8.

    Review our updated calculator policy more information about appropriate calculator usage.

  • Yes, this accommodation would be appropriate for calculator segments only.

  • The Desmos Calculators are embedded in the ILEARN Mathematics assessments beginning in Spring 2019. Schools, students, and families may access the Desmos Calculators for free throughout the year. Please review the Desmos Calculator Guidance for more information and to access links to the free calculators.

  • No. This assessment contains no items for which a calculator will be required.

  • The guidance varies for each grade band to ensure reporting reflects the construct being assessed.

    If listed as an accommodation:

    • Students in Grades 3-5 may use a hundreds chart on all Mathematics items.

    • Students in Grades 6-8 may use a hundreds chart and a 9 x 9 multiplication table on all Mathematics items.

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