Standardized Testing



As a school accredited by the State of Indiana, St. Susanna School participates in Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+). The purpose of ISTEP+ is to measure student achievement in the areas of English/Language Arts and Mathematics (Grades 3-8), Science (Grades 4 and 6), and Social Studies (Grades 5 and 7). An Applied Skills Assessment and a Multiple Choice Assessment are used to measure mastery of standards.  ISTEP+ reports student achievement levels according to the Indiana Academic Standards that were adopted by the Indiana State Board of Education. Student performance on ISTEP+ is part of school accountability.  ISTEP+ consists of two major components: Part 1 is administered in March is administered online and paper/pencil administrations and includes Applied Skills (open-ended) items; and Part 2 is administered in April/May and is administered online and includes multiple-choice and technology-enhanced items. Paper/pencil administration includes multiple-choice, and in Grades 4-8 and 10, gridded response items.

The state released 2015 ISTEP+ scores to the public on Thursday, November 17, 2016 and the overall pass rates were down considerably statewide, especially in math.

Things to note:

–  St. Susanna School has the highest passing rate in the West Deanery. 

–  St. Susanna School ranks 7th overall of the 61 schools in the Indianapolis Archdiocese.

–  St. Susanna School’s overall pass rate placed us in the top 5% of schools in the state.

Click her to see the 2015 ISTEP Score Comparison of Indiana Schools



As a school accredited by the State of Indiana, St. Susanna 3rd Grade students participate in the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (IREAD) assessment to measure foundational reading standards through Grade 3. This is a summative assessment which requires the evaluation of reading skills of students in Grade 3 to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving to Grade 4.



Renaissance Learning offers teachers and administrators tools for assessing students in reading (STAR Reading), emergent reading (STAR Early Literacy), and math (STAR Math). The STAR assessments allow teachers to accurately evaluate students’ abilities in these subject areas.  Teachers then use information provided by the assessments to target instruction, provide students with the most appropriate instructional materials, and intervene with struggling students. Students use computers to take the STAR tests. The computer selects the first test question based on a student’s age, grade placement, or previous performance on the STAR test. Using the student’s correct or incorrect answer, the computer selects the next test question. If the student answers correctly, the next question will be more difficult; if the student’s answer is incorrect, the next question will be easier. With each answer, the computer adapts to the student’s ability. Selecting questions that are tailored to each student’s ability allows for a test that is efficient, accurate, and motivational.

RenLearn Parent’s Guide to STAR Assessments



WIDA testing is given to those students whom a language other than English is identified during the Home Language Survey Process.  WIDA testing is given to limited English language proficient students and assesses their progress in English language proficiency to then provide eligible children with services that would increase their English proficiency and their academic achievement.

W-APT the WIDA ACCESS Placement Test, is administered to all students for whom a language other than English is identified during the Home Language Survey process. The W-APT functions as a screener that is used for both initial assessment and English Language (EL) program placement of students who are identified as limited English proficient (LEP). Placement tests are scored locally.