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Indiana Educators’ Ultimate Guide to Prepare for ILEARN Testing

Indiana Educators’ Ultimate Guide to Prepare for ILEARN Testing

Indiana’s new ILEARN (Indiana Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network) assessments will be a first of its kind for many Hoosier students. This computer-adaptive test (CAT) for mathematics and ELA has been custom built to meet Indiana-specific requirements and will adjust questions in real-time across grade level based on student responses to previous questions or sets of questions.

Between making sure that you are staying on pace with curriculum guides, practicing test-taking procedures and strategies, and providing the targeted preparation and reinforcement individual students need, spring testing season can quickly begin to feel overwhelming for educators. The good news is that a little research and planning can go a long way toward ensuring that you’re able to provide the support students need to be successful on their ILEARN assessments. We’ve gathered all of the most useful, detailed, and relevant resources out there on the ILEARN assessments to help put your mind at ease and arm you with an outstanding test-preparation program.

ILEARN Assessment Resources from the Indiana Department of Education

When it comes to the ILEARN, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) is the authority. And, the IDOE has a great collection of free resources for educators! We’ve done the legwork of combing through the IDOE library to find the best ILEARN materials.

ILEARN Indiana Educator Brochure
It’s always important to understand the basics. This document provides a great overview of scheduling, content, and procedures for all of the ILEARN summative assessments.

What’s New with ILEARN?
This page is a great resource for general information from the IDOE on the new ILEARN, which covers how the assessment will differ from past assessments, as well as gives a rundown on how the test was developed.

ILEARN Test Design
When it comes to preparing for any assessment, knowing exactly how test content will be measured is key. Find academic standards, blueprints, and item specifications on this page which not only determine test content but also describe exactly how that content will be measured.

Released ILEARN Items Repository
These sample assessments can be used to help familiarize students with test content and format. In this repository, you’ll find sample assessments for each grade level and content area, including tasks for mathematics, ELA, and science. This page also includes resources on performance level descriptors, as well as scoring information, guides, and rubrics.

Additional ILEARN Resources Available
The IDOE has tons of additional resources available to cover your ILEARN needs and questions, including information on the most recent updates, important dates, student accommodations, specific content areas, and professional development.

ILEARN Assessment Preparation Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices for Classroom Teachers

ILEARN prep doesn’t have to dominate your classroom agenda this spring. By getting started early, utilizing formative assessment strategies, and making the most of practice testing, teachers in the classroom can provide students with individualized ILEARN support without sacrificing time from the standard curriculum (and of course, some fun!). Check out these resources to get started.

Making Indiana eLearning Days Work for You
You can’t control the weather, but you might be able to ensure that your students don’t lose a day of learning when they could be preparing for a state assessment. As more and more schools up their student-device ratio to 1:1, the possibilities for eLearning opportunities have expanded in Indiana. Could eLearning days work for you?

5 Proven Ways to Get the Most Out of Practice Testing
The old adage “practice makes perfect” is a familiar turn of phrase for a reason. Ensure that you’re getting the most out of every minute your students are spending on practice testing.

3 Ways Online Practice Can Support Your Test-Prep Program  
As you are considering different options to ensure that your students have achieved standards proficiency, it’s critical that you have a program that’s aligned to the Indiana Academic Standards. Consider this and other benefits of using an online program.

4 Best Practices to Use Midyear Benchmark Assessment Data

Like any assessment, midyear benchmarks are only as valuable as the strategies you employ using the data. Here are four ways to make these assessments a truly valuable exercise for you and your students.

Marzano-Validated Best Practices for Online Practice

The Edmentum research team was honored to have Marzano Research peer review a research project that we conducted for our classroom practice and assessment program, Study Island. Through that review, Marzano confirmed our findings about the effectiveness of Study Island, and we also uncovered four best practices to help students get the most out of online practice.

General Test-Prep and Test-Taking Tips for Educators

No matter the exact situation, testing is a stressful process. But, successful test taking, beyond content knowledge, is also a skill that can be taught, acquired, and mastered. Here are some of our best resources on general test prep and test taking to help the ILEARN assessment process go smoothly at your school.

      10 Classroom and School Tips to Improve Test Scores

Helping students achieve ILEARN success is about much more than targeted practice in the classroom. Check out these 10 holistic tips to make sure that your students are ready for their assessments in all ways.

8 Last-Minute Steps Districts Can Take to Improve Test Scores

Administrators may not feel like they have a direct hand in making sure that students are well-prepared for ILEARN assessments. But, there is no shortage of steps administrators can take to ensure that their teachers and students have what they need for a successful testing season—even when it comes down to the wire.

6 Tips for Teachers to Help Students Manage Stress

Testing season inevitably means classroom stress will hit a new high. So, how can you keep anxiety levels in check and help your students stay cool, calm, and collected when test day rolls around? Here are six tips for a low(er) stress testing season:

8 Tips for Parents to Help Your Child Prepare for High-Stakes Tests

Parents and other caregivers are critical to every student’s education journey. So, get them involved in the ILEARN-preparation process! Share these eight simple tips with parents to help them support their learners on testing days.

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