River Forest High School


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  • School Mission Statement

    The following is the Mission Statement for River Forest High School

    River Forest High School will educate, empower, and enable all students to become caring, contributing citizens who can succeed in an ever-changing world. River Forest High School is committed to focusing on high expectations both academically and socially to create a community of learning, respect, and responsibility.

    Vision Statement

    The following is the Vision Statement for River Forest High School

    River Forest High School will provide an engaging and rigorous learning environment where students actively participate in becoming millennial learners ready to succeed in college and/or career endeavors.

    Core Beliefs

    Belief Statements RFHS Students

    Inspired to learn

    Navigate to success

    Give their best effort

    Outwardly focused

    Together in community

    Strive for excellence

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  • Seniors Visit Elementary Schools


    srs Dressed in their caps and gowns, the River Forest High School graduating class of 2016 took time to visit Evans and Meister Elementary schools to thank their teachers and to provide an opportunity for our "little Ingots" to see where they will be in just a few short years.

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River Forest High School ISTEP+ Grade 10

(Indiana Statewide Testing Educational Progress-Plus)

Spring Semester 2017


ISTEP+ Part 1- Paper/Pencil (Applied Skills): February 27, 2017 – March 10, 2017


ISTEP+ Part 2- Online (Multiple Choice & Technology Enhanced Items) – April 17, 2017 – May 5, 2017


About ISTEP+

In Indiana, all students in grade 10 take the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress-Plus (ISTEP+). Based on Indiana’s ​Academic Standards​​​, the test includes​ ​Math, ​​English/Language Arts in the 10th grade.

Solid reading, writing and math skills are "must haves" for a successful future. ISTEP+ is designed to make sure you master these basics on your way to earning a high school diploma. If you don’t know enough to pass the test, that’s a sign that you need some extra help.

To be sure you’re ready to do your best on ISTEP+, read these tips and practice some sample questions.

Access the Indiana Department of Education's Parent Message>>>.

Practicing for the New ISTEP+ for the 10th Grade

Students will be able to use computer tools to answer new types of question items. Teachers are providing practice with these technology enhanced questions.  You can also provide practice with these by accessing this link. http://experience-ccra-in.ctb.com, http://www.parcconline.org/resources/educator-resources/model-content-frameworks/ela-model-content-framework/grade-10





Getting ready for ISTEP+


Be prepared. Cramming for any test is never the best way to prepare. Keep up with your homework and ask your teachers for help when you need it.
Review. In the weeks before your test, take it seriously when your teachers review important information.
Get plenty of sleep. Go to bed a little earlier so you get a good night’s sleep. Being well rested will give you an extra boost of energy for test day.
Have a good breakfast. Eat protein (eggs, meat, cheese, etc.), which will help you perform better than a sugary donut. Too much food can make you feel sleepy, so don’t overdo it.
Take a break. Get some exercise during your breaks or after school to keep your energy up.
Ask for help. If you’ve had trouble with ISTEP+ in the past, ask a teacher, counselor or parent about extra help now.
Double-check your work on the test. You’ll catch mistakes if you take time to proofread your answers carefully.


Common questions about ISTEP+


What’s on the ISTEP+? 
Based on Indiana’s Academic Standards, ISTEP+ covers:


  • English/language arts at grade 10
  • Mathematics in grade 10


How long does ISTEP+ take? 
The test takes between 4.5 to 6.5 hours depending on the grade level. Generally, the test is administered over three days.
What results should I expect to receive? 
Every student tested receives a comprehensive individual Student Report showing a designation of Pass+, Pass or Did Not Pass.
Families of students in all tested grade levels are entitled to see a copy of the student’s short answer, essay, and performance task responses. Copies of students' "imaged" work can be obtained from the school.



What if I don’t pass?  
Students who do not pass ISTEP+ are entitled to help and extra instructional time to address any areas of weakness.  Ask your teacher and guidance counselors about extra help in areas that you didn't pass.



What if I have special needs?  
Several testing accommodations are available for students with disabilities or limited English proficiency, such as additional time and changes in test scheduling, format and setting.
Talk to your parents and guidance counselors about the specific accommodations in your Individualized Education Program (IEP), Section 504 Plan or Individual Learning Program (ILP).
What can parents do to help students prepare for ISTEP+?


  • Stay connected. Cramming for a test rarely results in the type of learning that will stay with your child throughout his or her life. The best preparation is to provide consistent support to your child throughout his or her education.
  • Know what’s expected. Read Indiana’s Academic Standards so you know what your child should know and be able to do, reinforce these expectations at home, and stay connected to your child’s academic performance throughout the year.
  • Check grades. Your son or daughter may say things are "fine" at school but don’t stop checking report cards, progress reports, or, if available, your child’s online grades or class progress.
  • Talk to the teacher. Teachers know how hard children are working, how well they are behaving, and the quality of their homework and what areas need improvement. Collect e-mail addresses or phone numbers of all your child’s teachers and check in periodically.
  • Don’t buckle on homework. If your child is not studying at home, ask why, and double-check with teachers. It’s tough to hold the line, but making sure your child does his or her homework is important for academic success.
  • Ask for help. Students who are struggling in a particular class may need extra help after school or with a tutor. Find out from your school where you can go for help and make sure your student gets the help he or she needs. Catching a problem area now can make a big difference.
  • Go to parent meetings. Most schools offer parent nights or teacher/parent sessions that provide great information. Check your school’s calendar at the beginning of the year and plan to attend.
  • Get involved. Nothing will have a bigger impact on your student’s success than your involvement in his or her education.


What can parents do to support students during testing?

  • Make sure your child has plenty of sleep the night before.
  • Review skills and content with them to build their confidence.
  • Encourage your child to do his or her very best, but don’t place too much emphasis on the test.


More Information


For more information on ISTEP+, talk to your teachers, counselors or:




It is the policy of River Forest Community School Corporation not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or handicap in its programs as required by the Indiana Civil Rights Act (I.C. 22-9.1), Title VI and VII (Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX (Educational Amendments), and Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973).


Ella es la política de River Forest Community School Corporation no a discriminar sobre la base de raza, color, religión, sexo, origen nacional, edad o minusvalía en sus programas como lo exige la ley Indiana sobre derechos civiles (I.C. 22-9.1), título VI y VII (Ley de derechos civiles de 1964, título IX (enmiendas de la educación), y Sección 504 (Ley de rehabilitación de 1973).


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