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Addressing District Assessment

Needs: Using the Iowa Assessments

Just as every student has different learning needs, each school or district has different needs for its assessment programs. Testing matters, because you deserve to know everything you can about your students.

The Iowa Assessments deliver the data you need to answer critical questions and address specific needs at the local level. The Iowa Assessments provide flexibility to meet various assessment needs, such as:

  • Assessing students in science at all grades   Learn More

  • Identifying student strengths and weaknesses in K - 2   Learn More

  • Screening students for enrichment and intervention programs   Learn More

  • Knowing where to focus efforts in preparation for the new ISASP   Learn More

  • Comparing students to the nation using National Percentile Ranks   Learn More

  • Maintaining trend lines for long-term planning   Learn More

Iowa Testing Programs provides sound, accurate, and actionable information for a variety of purposes and audiences, including:
  • Measuring student achievement at the most appropriate level
  • Monitoring student growth
  • Making relative comparisons
  • Informing decisions about students
  • Predicting future performance

Assessments designed and developed by Iowa Testing Programs are informed by empirical research studies conducted both nationally and in the state of Iowa.


August 2018

Effective for the 2018-2019 year, the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) developed by Iowa Testing Programs will replace the Iowa Assessments for the state’s accountability measure. Available in the spring of 2019, 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. More information can be found here.

August 2018

Though not to be used for accountability, the Iowa Assessments will continue to be offered for schools in the state of Iowa during the 2018-2019 year. The Iowa Assessments provide accurate information on student achievement, growth, college readiness, and comparisons to the nation. The Iowa Assessments will be offered as both online and paper/pencil assessments for students in kindergarten through Grade 12 and are available from September through June.

August 2018

Welcome back for the 2018-2019 school year!

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This website is designed primarily to inform Iowa educators about the Iowa Statewide Testing Program. For information about using the Iowa Tests in all other states, contact our publisher, Riverside Insights.