Tippecanoe School Corporation

Testing Information

Natalie Betz

Counselor
iSTEP+, ECA, NWEA

Jennifer Doup Smith

Counselor
PSAT, ACT, SAT

Sarah Schreiber

Counselor
Advanced Placement

Megan Ulrich

Counselor
Accuplacer (Diagnostic)

ISTEP+ 10

Graduation Requirements for Grade 9-11

from IDOE: The Purpose of ISTEP+ Assessments in Grades 3-8 and 10 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. In particular, ISTEP+ reports student achievement levels according to the Indiana Academic Standards that were adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education. The ISTEP+ assessment is criterion-referenced and is designed to measure students’ mastery of the standards. Student performance on ISTEP+ is part of school accountability.

    • Retest Window for current 11th graders: December 4-15, 2017 (We will test December 5th and 7th)
    • Testing for current 10th graders: Spring 2018 (February and April/May)

Accuplacer (Diagnostic)

  • A new piece of Legislation (initially HEA 1005; now IC 20-32-9/PL 268-2013) requires Juniors and some Seniors to take the Accuplacer Diagnostic Assessment if they do not meet certain criteria. Those taking the assessment will be:
    • Juniors who did not pass the ISTEP+ Grade 10 Test in either ELA or Math,or
    • Juniors who did pass the ISTEP+ Grade 10 Test, but received less than a score of 21 in Critical Reading or less than a score of 23 in Math on the PSAT.
    • Juniors will be testing in the Fall of 2017.
    • Any Senior who did not pass the Accuplacer the previous year may need to retest in Spring 2018.
  • This assessment will give us data we can then use to see if students are college ready. If they are not, it will tell us which areas they need to work on, or receive remediation in, during the next school year. The 2013-2014 school year was a pilot year, in which all Juniors fall into this assessment unless they receive qualifying scores in a few other areas (SAT, ACT or Accuplacer Placement (used for Ivy Tech classes)).
  • There is a FREE Study App students can use, purchased by the State of Indiana Department of Education. CLICK HERE for the login information from the state.
  • Web address is accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/login (click on address to go to website).

ECA (End of Course Assessment)

Graduation Requirements for Grades 12

  • Indiana students will take exams at the end of Algebra I and English 10 which they are required to pass in order to graduate.
  • Those who do not pass these exams will be given opportunities to retake them until they pass or have the option to be considered for a waiver (discuss this with your counselor).
    • Retest window: December 4- 15, 2017, (We will test December 5th and 7th).

PSAT

  • This is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives you a chance to enter National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools. It can be taken in fall of both sophomore and junior years.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures:

  • Reading
  • Writing and Language
  • Math

ACT & SAT

2017-2018 Testing Dates

  • To register for SAT visit www.sat.collegeboard.org
  • To register for ACT visit www.actstudent.org
  • These standardized tests provide college readiness information and are used in the college admissions process.
    • Most universities will accept both scores. We recommend students take both exams at least once.
    • These exams are usually taken during spring of junior year and fall of senior year.
    • The ACT is comprised of an English, Reading, Math, Science and an optional Writing component.
    • The SAT is made up of an Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math and an optional Essay component.
  • Waivers for the registration fees are available for students who qualify based on household income. Please contact Mrs. Smith at jsmith@tsc.k12.in.us.

Advanced Placement

Why take an AP course?

  1. Receiving college credits based on high achievement on AP exams.
  2. Acquiring skills and habits necessary to be successful in college.
  3. More likely to graduate college in four years.
  4. More likely to have higher eligibility for scholarships.
  5. More attractive to college admissions representatives

AP Courses

AP exam information/exam registration

AP exam dates

Test Prep

Students should not plan to go into these tests blindly. It is highly recommended to do at least some form of test prep prior to taking the exam.

  • SAT Practice
  • ACT Practice
  • Practice test booklets are also available in the Student Services office.
  • Khan Academy
  • Infotrac (Use your Infotrac password or ask for the password in the Student Services Office)
  • Sylan Learning Center: 765-447-5996


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