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The purpose of this webpage is to summarize expectations for academic student assessments in Iowa schools.

The tables below identify all assessment requirements for districts and nonpublic schools per federal law and Iowa code during the 2019-2020 school year. 

Federal Requirements

Required Assessment Legal Citation Grades Required Testing Window Comments
State Academic Assessment - Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

 

Iowa Code 256.7(21)(b)(2) and Iowa Code 279.60(3)

Applies to public districts

For ESSA*:
Reading and mathematics: grades 3-8, 10 and 11.
Science: grades 5, 8 and 10.

For Iowa Code*:
Reading and mathematics: grades 3-11.
Science: grades 5, 8 and 10.

* See note below table.

Per state statute, tests will be administered during the last quarter of the year. To accommodate district calendars, the testing window for 2020-21 will be open March 15 - May 14, 2021. All students in these grades are to take this assessment. The exception is students taking the state alternate assessment.
State Alternate Assessment - Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) Every Student Succeeds Act, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Reading and mathematics: grades 3-11.

Science: grades 5, 8, and 10.

Fall: Phase 1 Sept. 14 - Oct. 30, 2020

Fall: Phase 2 Nov. 2 - Dec. 18, 2020

Spring: Phase 1 Feb. 1 - March 26, 2021

Spring: Phase 2 March 29 - May 21, 2021

For students with an Individual Education Program (IEP) describing qualification for Iowa’s Alternate Assessments

ELPA21 Summative Assessment: Measure of Annual Progress and Attainment of English

ELPA21 Dynamic Screener: Instrument used for Identification of English Learners

IA Administrative Code (IAC) Rule 281.60.3(1)

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
[Sec. 1111(b)(2)(G)(i) and (ii); Sec. 1112(e)(3)(a); Sec. 1112(e)(3)(b); Sec. 3113(b)(2)]

All K-12 English Learners in a public district.

All K-12 English Learners in a nonpublic school accessing Title III resources.

Summative ELPA21: February 1 - March 26, 2021.

Dynamic Screener: Screening is part of ongoing new student enrollment procedures.

100% participation is expected for ELPA21 Summative including ELs with disabilities.

Screening, identification, and parent notification of program placement must occur within the first 30 days of fall enrollment. For students enrolling midyear, parent notification is to be completed within 2 weeks of program placement.

* Note: The Iowa School Performance Profiles is a ESSA-required report. Thus, grade 9 is not included in the report, even though they are required by Iowa Code to be assessed.

 

State Requirements

Required Assessment Legal Citation Grades Required Testing Window Comments
Preschool Assessment - Teaching Strategies GOLD

Iowa Code 279.60(1)

Child Development Coordinating Council Policy

Applies to public districts community partners, and Shared Visions Preschool Grantees

All PK or 4 year old students in a Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program, Early Childhood Special Education Program, or Shared Visions Preschool Program

Fall: Aug. 3 - Nov. 13, 2020

Winter: Nov. 14, 2020 - Feb. 19, 2021

Spring: Feb. 20 - May 21, 2021

 

Early Literacy
Universal Screening
and Progress Monitoring Assessment

Iowa Code 279.68

All students K-3, continuing for those students persistently at risk

Fall: Aug.17 - Oct. 9, 2020

Winter: Jan. 4 - Feb. 26, 2021

Spring: April 12 - June 4, 2021

Districts may use any approved Universal Screening assessment to meet this requirement.
Early Literacy Alternate Assessment (ELAA)

Iowa Code 279.68 and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

K-3, continuing through 6th grade for those students persistently at risk

Fall: Sept. 28 - Oct. 9, 2020

Winter: Feb. 15 - Feb. 26, 2021

Spring: May 17 - June 4, 2021

For students with an Individual Education Program (IEP) describing qualification for Iowa’s Alternate Assessments
Diagnostic Literacy Assessment

Iowa Code 256D(1)(b)(1)

Applies to public districts

K-3   The required universal screening measures under Iowa Code 279.68 may be used to meet this requirement.
End-of-unit assessment for students taking one-half unit of U.S. Government.

Iowa Code 256.11(5)(b)

Applies to public districts and accredited nonpublic schools

Applies to course, not grade level. End of course  

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on October 31, 2020 at 2:06am.