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Monday, September 10, 2007

ISTEP season is here!

On Tuesday, September 18th, all students in grades 3 through 10 in the state of Indiana will take the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+). Based on Indiana's Academic Standards, the test includes English/language arts at each grade, as well as science at grades 5 and 7.

To be sure you're ready to do your best on ISTEP+, read these tips and practice some sample questions.

Be prepared. Cramming for any test is never the best way to prepare. Keep up with your homework and ask your teachers for help when you need it.

Get plenty of sleep. Go to bed a little earlier so you get a good night's sleep. Being well rested will give your an extra boost of energy for test day.

Have a good breakfast. Eat protein (eggs, meat, cheese, etc.), which will help you perform better than a sugary donut. Too much food can make you feel sleepy, so don't over do it.

Take a break. Get som exercise during your breaks or after school to keep your energy up.

Ask for help. If you've had trouble with ISTEP+ in the past, ask a teacher, counselor or parent about extra help now.

Double check your work on the test. You'll catch mistakes if you take time to proofread your answers carefully.

the following are some examples of sample test questions that the Indiana Department of Educationm has posted on their website. Give these a try and see how you do.

3rd grade: Read this sentence: Dr. Smith waved to us today.

What does "Dr." mean?

a). Dear

b). Doctor

c). Drive

d). Dollar

6th grade:

Choose the phrase that BEST completes the sentence below:

The sleepy cat was lying in the sun that came in __________________.

a). before the window

b). near the window

c). through the window

d). beside the window

8th grade:

The Caspian Sea is the largest lake in the world, with an area of 1.46 x 105 square miles. Lake Superior has an area of 3.17 x104 square miles. What is the difference, in square miles of the two lakes? Write your answer in the scientific notation. Show all work.

10th grade:

Choose the sentence that is correct and MOST clearly expressed.

a). The banjo can be more difficult to play than the guitar.

b). More difficult than to play the guitar can be playing the banjo.

c). To play the banjo can be more difficult than playing the guitar.

d). Playing the banjo can be more difficult than playing the guitar.

So, how did you do??


WHS parent said...

Just a question...what are the students in 11th or 12th grade who have already taken and passed the ISTEP supposed to do on these days?

Anonymous said...

My daughter brought home a schedule of what she is to do on these days. Including seperate schedules for kids involved in different programs. It was very exact with times and meeting places. Maybe you should ask your student to see the information

Anonymous said...

the people who run this thing need to look at their old post about the sport thing

Anonymous said...

From Ellen Stevens
Juniors and seniors have been given information for the days. They are to do community service, job shadow, visit colleges. They are to turn in a report to the main office regarding their choice with a write up about their experience. If they have any questions, they may see any administrator. If you have further questions, please contact the high school administration. Thanks for asking.

Ellen Stevens

Schoodoodle said...

So many parents contact us the week before a standarized exam and inquire what they can do to get their child prepared.

It is important that more organizations follow your example and disseminate information in a timely manner and assist parents in setting their children up to succeed.

Well done!