Student Assessments Next Week

The week of April 29, South Middle School will be giving the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) to students in both 6th and 7th grades. ISASP is the new state assessment that has replaced the Iowa Assessments (or Iowa Basic Skills), as Iowa’s main state accountability test for all students. Testing dates and times are:

  • Monday, April 29 Math Test 8:35-10:10 *Students should bring a basic, four function calculator if possible. No graphing calculator or cell phone.
  • Tuesday, April 30 Reading Test 8:15-10:10
  • Thursday, May 2 Language/Writing Test 8:15-10:33

Notable changes between the ISASP and the Iowa Assessments include:

  • Just so you know… during ISASP, we will ask students to leave phone and watches in the locker or at home. Student may bring a book to the classroom.
  • A writing component of two long-answer questions, about three paragraphs each.
  • Short answer questions in both reading and math to explain answers/reasoning.
  • The assessments are untimed.
  • The ISASP is aligned with the Iowa Core Standards, providing clear and accurate assessment of student learning outcomes.

As with all assessment, parents should encourage their students to:

  • get a good night’s sleep
  • eat a healthy breakfast
  • come fully prepared to engage and participate to the best of their ability
  • Please try to avoid absences during this time. If your student has to be absent, we will schedule a time for them to make-up the assessment as soon as possible.
  • All personal electronic devices including cell phones, smart watches, tablets, etc. will not be permitted in the testing rooms. We encourage students to leave them at home for their safety.

Thank you for your help in preparing your student for their ISASP assessments. If you are interested in learning more about ISASP you can visit the Pearson link here: http://iowa.pearsonaccessnext.com/

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