ISTEP+ (often referred to simply as ISTEP) stands for Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus and is an annual testing regimen designed by the Indiana Department of Education to encourage students to master basic language and science skills, particularly reading, writing and mathematics. All students in grades 3 through 8 and high school sophomores take the ISTEP+ each spring, with language and math covered in each test and science covered in grades 5 and 7.
Graduation Qualifying Exam
Successfully completing the final (grade 10) ISTEP+ Graduation Qualifying Exam (GQE) is necessary to graduate from an Indiana public high school. This test covers English/Language Arts and Mathematics. If a student does not pass this test, s/he is placed in remediation classes the following semester for the subject(s) that s/he failed and will remain in these classes until the semester after passing both sections. Students can retake the exam during their junior and senior year of high school.
ISTEP Testing Date
Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year the test was moved from fall to spring. During the 2008-2009 school year the test was given both in its old fall time slot and its new spring location in the calendar. In subsequent years the test will be given in the spring. It is hoped that the move will save Indiana over $2 million annually.