Testing Information

Bureau of Indian Education Assessments are administered every year to measure how much of the academic standards students know and are able to do in reading, mathematics, and science.

Teachers and principals look for areas where students do well so they can strengthen the ways they teach these skills.  They also look for areas that need improvement so they can increase teaching & learning time or adjust their teaching methods.

  • BIE Assessment Reading is administered to grades 3–8 and 11
  • BIE Assessment Mathematics is administered to grades 3–8 and grade 11
  • BIE Assessment Science is administered to grades 4, 7, & 10.

Reading, Mathematics, and Science BIE Assessments are administered online only.

Click to go to testing schedule for SY2020-2021.

BIE Assessment Reading and Mathematics are adaptive assessments. This means that the test adjusts to each student’s skills.

Unlike the Mathematics tests, which adjust at an item level, the Reading BIE Assessment adjusts at a passage level. In other words, a student’s responses on a set of items associated with a passage or passages determine the next group of passages and items a student will receive.
Adaptive testing method provides a more precise measure of students’ skills and knowledge.

The high school Science BIE Assessment is given to students in the year they complete their instruction in life science, usually in a biology course. 

The Reading BIE assessments contain multiple-choice items along with technology-enhanced items where students manipulate reading content, such as demonstrating a sequence of actions or events, making connections between a cause and its effect, and choosing supporting details of a main idea. 

Each student receives an individual student report (ISR) card with a score that falls in one of four achievement levels—

  • Does Not Meet the academic standards,
  • Partially Meets the academic standards,
  • Meets the academic standards, and
  • Exceeds the academic standards.

For more information, contact District Assessment coordinator Tessa Wiegele [email protected]. 218-665-3000 ext. 2321; School Director Dan McKeon 218-665-3000 ext . 3001; or your child’s Homeroom teacher.