About Iowa Assessment of Academic Progress (ISASP)

When will ISASP results be available?
Students and parents will soon receive the results for the state’s new Iowa Assessment of Academic Progress (ISASP) administered in the spring of 2019. Parents of students in grades 4 and 5 will receive their child’s results during Parent Teacher Conferences scheduled for November 25th and  26th. Individual Reports will be sent home with middle and high school students during this same time. Parents will receive a notification through PowerSchool on November 25.

What is the ISASP?
This new exam was created to measure the Iowa Core English Language Arts, Math, and Science Standards and meet the requirements of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) legislation. English Language Arts and mathematics tests were administered to students in grades 3 to 11. Science tests were administered to students in grades 5, 8 and 10. Districts selected whether to administer the tests online or as paper/pencil instruments. Ottumwa District students took the online assessment along with approximately 75% of Iowa students.

Who created the ISASP and why was a new assessment needed?
The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) replaced the former Iowa Assessments, with students taking the new tests for the first time in spring 2019. Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa oversaw the test’s development and administration. ISASP better reflects what’s being taught in Iowa classrooms and how students are progressing toward grade-level expectations outlined in Iowa’s academic standards. Because the new state test is more aligned to Iowa’s academic standards, it is more challenging. 

What will ISASP reports look like? 
Student performance on the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP)  is reported in three ways: Advanced, Proficient, and Not Yet Proficient. The achievement level indicates the student’s performance on the test and provides a general explanation of what the student knows and is able to do. A performance description provides a further explanation of the student’s understanding of content specific to grade level. A scale score is also provided so that scores can be compared across grades and years. After the  the 2020 administration of ISASP, student-level growth scores will be available.

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Why can’t the old and new test scores be compared?
The results of the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) should not be compared with Iowa Assessment scores from previous years. The table captures the differences between the exams.

ISASP prior to isasp
All students were tested in the spring of 2019 Schools had the option to test at any time throughout the year
ISASP was developed to be specifically aligned to the Iowa Core A national assessment was used
English Language Arts standards in reading, writing, and language were measured Only standards in reading were measured
Essays and constructed-response questions were included in addition to multiple-choice questions All questions were multiple-choice
Grade-specific content (as defined by the Iowa Core) was measured Content across two grades was measured
A standard-setting study was completed to define cut scores for the three levels of performance A statistical procedure was used to define cut scores for the three levels of performance


 

Why are the results important?
Results provide students and parents with a measure of achievement on the Iowa Core English Language Arts, Math, and Science Standards. The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) results are used by the District for school improvement planning and decision making. The Iowa Department of Education uses the ISASP results as a basis for the Iowa School Performance Profiles, which are a part of Iowa’s accountability to the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)legislation.  

When will ISASP be given again? 
The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) will be administered between March 16 and May 15, 2020. A student growth index will be available after the spring 2020 as well as a score depicting the relationship to the ACT exam.