The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) are new assessments developed by Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa for the state of Iowa. The assessments are aligned with the Iowa Core standards and provide a clear and accurate assessment of student learning outcomes. Student growth, proficiency and readiness indicators will be reported.

The new assessments will be administered between March and May in any given school year and will be available in online and paper formats. The ISASP will require students in grades 3 to 11 to complete assessments in reading, language, writing and mathematics. It will also require students in grades 5, 8 and 10 to complete a science assessment.

ISASP will be delivered and supported by Iowa-based Pearson, ensuring local support in the implementation process and rapid-response to questions. State appropriations will help defray the cost of the ISASP to Iowa public schools.

Specific information regarding the ISASP assessment, news, updates, training resources, manuals and FAQs, can be found on the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress Portal


Assessment Quick Links

Test Administrator Manual – This manual provides instructions necessary for the computer-based and paper-based administration of the ISASP, as well as tasks for the Test Administrator to follow before, during, and after test administration. The manual also contains the protocols that Test Administrators and Proctors must follow related to test security and test administration. (ISASP Publication)

Accessibility and Accommodations Manual – This manual provides general guidelines for how to select, administer, and evaluate the use of accessibility supports and accommodations for instructions and assessment for all students. (ISASP Publication)

Practice Tests – The purpose of the practice test is to provide an opportunity for the student to navigate in the test delivery environment, practice solving items online and become familiar with using the available online tools.

ISASP Test Blueprints – Documents reflect a summary of the Iowa Core content standards included for each of the ISASP assessments by grade.

Iowa Accessibility Manual for State Assessments – This manual establishes more specific guidelines for the selection, administration, and evaluation of accessibility supports for instruction and assessment of all students, including: students with disabilities, English Learners (ELs), ELs with disabilities and students without an identified disability or EL status. This manual is intended for general education, English as a second language (EL)/bilingual, and special education teachers, school administrators, test administrators, school coordinators, and related services personnel to use in administering accessibility supports for those students who need them. The manual is also intended for assessment staff and administrators serving all students who currently have the potential to benefit from these accessibility supports on their paths to college and career readiness.  (Iowa DOE Publication)

State of Iowa Test Security Manual – This manual was developed to assist districts, schools, and AEAs plan for and maintain the security of both online and paper-based testing to ensure the integrity, validity, and confidentiality of item types, prompts, and student information; maintain our investment; and adhere to Iowa’s Code of Ethics. This manual should serve as guidance to help districts create sound test security policies and practices. They should, at a minimum, apply to all state-required assessments, including ISASP, ELPA21, DLM, GOLD, NAEP, ELAA, and all district designated Early Literacy Assessments (e.g., FAST). (Iowa DOE Publication)


Data Analysis Quick Links

ISASP Data Reporting Template Spring 2019 – This multi-tab spreadsheet can be used to display local “percent proficient” data across ELA, Mathematics and Science and all assessed grades as compared to state percent proficient rates.  Tabs for displaying subgroup data are also available in this spreadsheet. Data to complete this spreadsheet can be found on the ISASP Achievement Level Summary Report and the ISASP Student Data File (csv file) located on the Pearson Access Next secure website.

ISASP State Proficiency Rates 2019 – This document provides a listing of statewide proficiency rates (overall and by subgroup) across each of the grades and content areas.

ISASP Domain Data Reporting Template Spring 2019 – This multi-tab spreadsheet can be used to display grade level and system level domain performance (average percent of items answered correct at the local level) as compared to state level domain performance (average percent of items answered correct at the state level) across ELA, Mathematics and Science.  Data for this spreadsheet can be found of the ISASP Student Data File (csv file) located on the Pearson Access Next secure website.

ISASP Performance Level Descriptors – The Performance Level Descriptors (PLDs) outline a range of skills a Proficient or Advanced student could demonstrate. The descriptors are representative of Proficient and Advanced skills at a given grade but are not meant as an exhaustive list of all possible content that could be assessed on the ISASP. Descriptors in the Advanced category include skills a student could demonstrate that go beyond the scope of Proficiency. The categories are cumulative in that an Advanced student should consistently demonstrate the skills within the Proficient category as well as one or more of the skills within the Advanced category.  The PLDs help to convey meaning of the ISASP results and should be used as content area and domain performance are analyzed.

ISASP State Domain Percent Correct 2019 – This document provides a listing of the state domain average percent correct across all students at a given grade level.  This document can be used as local grade level domain percent correct data (Data File) are analyzed.

ISASP Student Data File Layout 2019 – This multi-tab spreadsheet can be used to identify the location of the various Student Data File components/columns.  The first tab provides a complete description of the layout of the entire ISASP Student Data File. The second tab provides the column location for some of the more frequently used scores for data analysis (e.x. Domain Pct. Correct Score, Content Area Scale Score and Domain Raw Score).

ISASP Points Possible 2019 – This document provides users with the number of points that are possible across each grade and content area domain.  This information will provide insight into the relative emphasis that one domain may have compared to another domain within a particular test content area.

ISASP Percentile Ranks 2019 – This document provides conversion tables for educators to find the percentile rank associated with Scale Scores on the ISASP assessments. The conversion tables are organized by grade, and each grade-level table includes columns containing the Iowa Percentile Rank (IPR) of each ISASP Scale Score. The Scale Score to Percentile Rank conversions were obtained directly from the statewide distributions of ISASP Scale Scores in the Spring 2019 administration of the ISASP.

ISASP Cut Score Percentile Ranks 2019 – This document provides a comparison between the ISASP Cut Scores (Proficient and Advanced) and the corresponding Iowa Percentile Rank.