Iowa State Assessment to be Taken in April


Students in grades 3-11 will be taking the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) this spring, along with students throughout the state. The ISASP replaces the previously administered Iowa Assessments. Students in Ottumwa, as well as students in other districts across the state, have been assessed on an annual basis with the Iowa Assessments.  The ISASP will now be administered online and will be untimed as opposed to the previous paper/pencil and timed Iowa Assessments.

Last spring, the Iowa legislature determined that all students in Iowa would be assessed using the new test called the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP). The new assessment is developed and delivered by Iowa-based Pearson Education, Inc. The assessment is aligned with the Iowa Core standards and is intended to provide a clear and accurate assessment of student learning outcomes. Student growth, proficiency and readiness indicators will be reported.

The new assessment is required to be administered statewide between March and May 2019 and will be given in an online format in Ottumwa between April 1 and April 18. The required grade levels, subtests, and recommended administration times are provided below:


Grade Levels

Administration Time (min)

Reading 3-11 60
Language and Writing 3-11 120
Mathematics 3-11 60
Science 5, 8, and 10 60

There are training tutorials and practice tests that you, as a parent, may experience. These tutorials and practice tests help familiarize the education community with the general process of the online test. You can find these resources at: 

  • Select TestNav 8 tutorials for navigating the tests 
  • Or choose any of the practice tests provided by grade level

During this first year of administration, it is anticipated that results may not be available until early fall of 2019. 
If you have any questions about the assessment, please contact your child’s building principal or classroom teacher.