Tests can be helpful tools in assessing whether students are mastering academic standards, but at Westfield Washington Schools, we believe no single assessment of academic progress can tell the full story. We look at many pieces of information to determine whether single students, or our students as a whole, are learning what they need to know.
Test Security and Integrity
Westfield Washington Schools is committed to following the test security and integrity procedures as set forth in 511 IAC 5-5-3. Staff of Westfield Washington Schools who administer, handle, or have access to secure test materials are familiar with the procedures and activities described in the Indiana Department of Education's Code of Ethical Practices and Procedures. These practices and procedures are required for all components of the Indiana Assessment System (ILEARN, I AM, ISTEP+, WIDA, IREAD-3).
If you have a concern about an instance of cheating, a security breach, or test administration breach, please contact the Westfield Washington Schools Corporation Test Coordinator, Lynn Schemel, at [email protected] or 317-867-8004.
Click WWS Assessments 18-19 to see our 2018-19 assessments.
Corporation Snapshot and Annual Performance Report
Visit the Indiana Department of Education site to learn about our demographics, ISTEP+ test results, and other statistics. The Annual Performance Report (APR) is a required publication that includes academic and performance data for all Indiana school corporations. The APR for all Indiana school corporations may be accessed on the Indiana Department of Education site and is also posted in mid-late March in a local newspaper publication.
Students in grades K-8 take the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments. These assessments are research-based and aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards in mathematics, language usage, and reading and are given three times during the year (fall, winter, and spring). The assessments are computerized adaptive tests that provide us information on the instructional level of each student and the amount of growth that occurs during the school year. The results help us to identify the skills and concepts individual students have learned, diagnose instructional needs, monitor academic growth over time, make data-driven decisions about curriculum, instruction, and resources at the classroom, school, and district levels, and place new students into appropriate instructional programs. During the 2018-2019 school year, Kindergarten students will only be testing in the winter and spring and some schools/grade levels will not be taking the language usage test. Student Progress Reports are sent or carried home by students in the fall and spring.
ILEARN measures student achievement and growth according to Indiana Academic Standards. ILEARN is the summative accountability assessment for Indiana students and assesses:
- English/Language Arts (Grades 3-8)
- Mathematics (Grades 3-8)
- Science (Grades 4 and 6)
- Social Studies (Grade 5)
- Biology (High School)
Schools and districts are held accountable for student results under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). More information can be found at the Indiana Department of Education website under Assessments and ILEARN: IDOE site.
Students in grade 10 continue to participate in the the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP+) in the areas of English and math. These tests are given in the spring of each school year and test the Indiana Academic Standards. For those students who do not pass, retest opportunities are provided in grades 11 and 12 during winter, spring, and summer testing windows as governed by the Indiana Department of Education. Schools and districts are held accountable for student results under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
ISTEP+ Grade 10 tests are the graduation qualifying exam for students. (Beginning with the Class of 2023, students will no longer take ISTEP+ in grade 10 and will be required to meet the Graduation Pathways requirements.)
Students in grade 3 take IREAD-3 as the requirement for House Enrolled Act 1367 "requires the evaluation of reading skills to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving on to grade four."
Students in grades 9-11 take the PSAT, a standardized test measuring evidence-based reading, writing and language, and math, provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives students a chance to enter National Merit scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.
Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced College Project (ACP), and Dual Credit
Students enrolled in college-level courses take exams to earn college credit or placement while still in high school.
Students in grades K, 2, and 6 take an off-level cognitive abilities test in the areas of verbal, quantitative, and non-verbal. Testing results provide our staff information for educational programming through our RtI (Response to Instruction) process. RtI is the continuum of identification and services that we provide to all of our students based on their performance and abilities.