Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress

The Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) replaced the former Iowa Assessments, with students taking the new tests for the first time in spring 2019. Iowa Testing Programs at the University of Iowa oversaw the test’s development and administration.

Parents of Clinton Community School District will receive the test results of their children in the next few weeks from the spring testing.

English language arts and math tests were given to students in grades 3 through 11, while science tests were given in grades 5, 8 and 10.

ISASP better reflects what’s being taught in Iowa classrooms and how students are progressing toward grade-level expectations outlined in Iowa’s academic standards.

This makes ISASP one measure that helps teachers understand where students are succeeding and where they may need more help.

Student performance on the ISASP is scored in three ways: Advanced, Proficient, and Not Yet Proficient.

A committee of 185 Iowa educators met for five days in July to determine recommended performance levels, or cut scores, which define the range of scores for each of the three categories. These recommendations will be taken to the Iowa State Board of Education on September 12.

Because the new state test is more aligned to Iowa’s academic standards, it is more challenging.

These results will re-set the baseline for future progress on the new state test. They should not be compared to results from previous years because the state test is new and different.

Results will be used to report to parents and communities, to help guide instruction, and to assist schools in their school improvement planning. The test results also will be applied to Iowa’s school accountability system required under federal law.

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