Decorah Community School District



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District Assessments

DCSD Assessment System

Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) 

ISASP will replace the Iowa Assessments as Iowa's main state accountability test for all students in the spring of 2019. 
Notable changes between the Iowa CAP and Iowa Assessments:
  • Includes a language arts and writing assessment
  • Science is only offered for grades 5, 8, & 10
  • Online administration available
  • Some sections of the test will not be timed
  • Longer administration time (4 hours for reading, language/writing, and mathematics and an additional 45 minutes for science

Link to ISASP website. 

Link to May 2018 PPT from Iowa Testing to the Heartland Curriculum Network.

Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) 

Why MAP Growth?

MAP GROWTH (previously called MAP) allows schools to differentiate and adjust instruction for individual students, groups of students, or entire classes based on results of the assessment. The results can be used by students, parents, teachers, grade levels, subject areas, schools, and the school district for a variety of purposes.  Students take the MAP GROWTH assessment three times per year, which provides a timely measure of growth, in addition to proficiency.
  • Proficiency = Do you know the content? Do you know what we expect students in your grade level to know?
  • Growth = Are you learning? Did your knowledge increase an appropriate amount since the last test?

What is different about MAP GROWTH?

The MAP GROWTH (previously called MAP) is an adaptive online assessment that is aligned to the Common Core standards. When taking a MAP GROWTH test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all of the previous questions. As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier. This allow us to more accurately pinpoint student learning. In addition, MAP GROWTH incorporates Technology-Enhanced Items so students solve “real world” scenarios.

MAP GROWTH Resources

Formative Assessment System for Teachers (FAST) 


  • is an evidence-based assessment used to screen and monitor student progress. Administered in grades K-1, for screening and for frequent progress monitoring. Each assessment is designed to be highly efficient and inform instruction.
CBMreading (Curriculum-Based Measurement for Reading)
  • is a simple, efficient, evidence-based assessment used for universal screening in grades 2-5, and progress monitoring. A teacher listens and evaluates a student’s performance, including accuracy, error types, and qualitative features, while they read aloud from a grade-level passages for one minute. 

Required Tests

Grades K-1---earlyReading and earlyMath
Grades 2-3---CBMreading

 FastBridge Resources

DMPS FastBridge Testing: Deleting a Score and Retesting Guidance

i-Ready Diagnostic
i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment designed to provide teachers with actionable insight into student needs in the areas of math and reading. The Diagnostic offers a complete picture of student performance and growth in grades 1-4.

The ELAP21 replaces the previously given Iowa English Language Development Assessment (IELDA).

The ELPA21 is an online assessment that is designed to measure the performance of English language learners as they progress through their K–12 education and achieve college and career readiness. The ELPA21 items are designed to gather evidence that students are progressing toward or meeting the new set of English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards adopted by the ELPA21 member states. These standards, which were completed in September 2013, highlight and amplify the critical language, knowledge about language, and skills using language in the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.

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