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.
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.