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Indiana Standards Tool for Alternate Reporting (IStar)

Grades 3-8, 10: English/Language Arts, Mathematics

Grades 4, 6, 10: Science

Grades 5, 7: Social Studies

The ISTAR assessment is a test requiring student interaction with test items for all content areas, rather than a teacher rating tool.

  • IStar will be administered online. Teachers administering the assessment will need to have the Questar browser installed on their computers. Once installed, students will sign in with a unique ID code that teachers will receive.
    • The Questar browser has been automatically updated on all SBCSC computers.
  • Each window contains approximately 20 items
  • Administered one-on-one with the student
Next year, the assessment will be called I AM, and the testing window will be April 8 to May 17.

Student Testing Schedule 2017-2018 School Year

Note: SBCSC has advanced the ending dates for each section to allow time for final checks before the test window closes.

Before you begin administering ISTAR, you must complete TWO different training sessions:

1. Test Security and Integrity

Each teacher must

This agreement must be signed by EVERY South Bend teacher, whether administering ISTEP or ISTAR. If you signed this in your building already as part of ISTEP, then you are fine. Just download and sign the Integrity Agreement again, and send to Tonya Flether in the Special Education Services Office downtown. We need to have a copy on file in the Special Education office for IStar.

2. Pretest Workshop for Test Examiners

Each teacher must:

Got it! Training is done, and I want to get the test set up for my students.

There are 2 parts to the ISTAR assessment:
  1. Indiana Test Administration  -  An administrative application that supports the management of students, teachers, and test sessions found at: .

    This is where you will go to enter each of your students' Learning Characteristics Inventory. This must be completed for each student before administering Part 1 of the assessment.

    If you have not recieved your login/password for the Indiana Test Administration site, or for the you cannot remember from last year, please contact Lu VanderGriend (574-850-4429). Your login/password each year remains the same.

  2. Student Web Client—A test-delivery application used by students to take their tests. The IStar Alternate Assessment is administered on a secure browser that must be installed on each student workstation before testing begins.

In order to administer IStar on a computer, you will need to have the Questar Secure Browser installed:

Decide which computers you will need to use to administer the test

You will give the assessment one on one, so will only need one computer at any given time. You should find the browser (named "Questar Secure Browser") in your Applications folder.

Consider the setting-where will the students best be able to focus?

You will need a computer with a flat screen. You may also administer iStar on your Teacher laptop.

Do NOT move computers. If you need to have a computer moved to another location in order to administer the assessment, please put in a work order.

If the browser was installed last year, you do NOT need to have it reinstalled or updated. Updates take place automatically.

Administering IStar on iPad

If you have an iPad available in your classroom, or can use one in your building, you will be able to use it to administer the IStar assessment. If you were issued an IPad for a Life Skills Classroom, the Questar app has already been installed. For all other IPads, go to the App Store and install the free Questar testing app.

You must have Guided Access enabled on the iPad during the test administration

Guided Access will temporarily restrict your iPad to a single app. meaning your students will not be able to leave the application during the test administration.

How to enable Guided Access

Launch the Settings app on your iPad.

Tap on General.

Tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Guided Access under the Learning section.

Toggle Guided Access On.

Tap on Set Passcode and choose a passcode that only you will know. WRITE IT DOWN! (If you lose it, or don't remember it, your iPad will need to be wiped)

Toggle Accessibility Shortcut to On so you can triple-click the Home button to enter Guided Access from the Questar App.

How to use Guided Access

Launch the Questar app.

Triple click the Home button to launch Guided Access.

Tap on Start at the top of the screen to begin Guided Access.

Things to consider when administering IStar on an iPad:

Will be you able to administer the assessment in an area with a strong wifi connection? The Questar testing app will need to maintain an internet connection for the duration of the testing. If you are not sure, you should try it out by running the practice test first.

What is the competency of your student? Have they used an iPad before? Do they understand how to select items on an iPad?

If your student is impulsively touching the screen and making random selections, this may not be a good option for assessment.

The iPad has a smaller screen than a computer, and some students may not be able to interpret test items that require constant scrolling to see the whole test item.

If students have consistently used an iPad as a "play" item, the iPad may not be a good option as a testing device.

Testing Accommodations

Students who take IStar may have allowable accommodations during testing. In addition:

  • IStar may be paused at any time to accommodate individual student's scheduling, attention and fatigue
  • All test items are read aloud by the examiner by default
  • Built-in tools allow for enlargement of text and graphics, colored overlays and calculators

These accommodations are also allowable in IStar:

  • Sign Interpretation (e.g., ASL, SEE, etc.)
    • This accommodation should already be in a student's IEP if he/she is in need of this service.
  • Assistive Technology for Presentation of Items and/or for Student Response to Questions
    • Does the student consistently use a device that is not mentioned anywhere in the IEP? (such as in the Present Level and./or Assistive Technology box) If so, then add this accommodation to the IEP by revising without a meeting if the parent agrees.

IStar Resources

Blueprints (have not been upgraded from last year)
Content Area Grade
English/Language Arts Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 10
Mathematics Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 10
Science N/A Grade 4 N/A Grade 6 N/A N/A Grade 10
Social Studies N/A N/A Grade 5 N/A Grade 7 N/A N/A
Content Connectors
Additional Resources