Des Moines Public School students in grades 3-11 take the Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress (ISASP) in May. Each school will be establishing a testing schedule for students in their building. This assessment is required by the Iowa Department of Education for federal accountability purposes.

The ISASP attempt to achieve the following:

  • measure achievement in Reading, Writing, and Math for all students, and Science for students in grades 5, 8, and 10.
  • provide information on student academic growth over time.
  • inform stakeholders of how the students of DMPS compare to students within our district and across the state of Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Education is encouraging all students to take the ISASP assessments in-person at the student’s home school regardless of whether they are engaged in virtual learning or in-person learning. This recommendation is to help ensure test security of the ISASP assessment content and questions.

While the Iowa Department of Education has recommended that students test in-person, they have also created an opportunity for students whose families have chosen virtual learning to take the ISASP assessments remotely this year. Des Moines Public Schools will send an electronic form to families who have chosen virtual learning to determine the ISASP testing preference (at the school building or remote) for your student. After you fill out the form, your student’s school will reach out to you to inform you of your student’s testing dates and times. It is important for families who have chosen virtual learning this year to complete the form so your student can be placed in the appropriate mode of testing.

If you have any questions regarding the ISASP assessments, please reach out to your school’s administration.