Texas IPT Users

All of the tests within the IPT Family of Tests are on the Texas Education Agency List of Approved tests for the 2017-2018 school year. TEA requires that all tests used in Texas have norms less than 8 years old. Therefore, all Texas IPT users should switch to the new editions of the IPT tests for fall 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was the IPT renormed and why are there different editions?
The IPT tests are renormed periodically to make sure that the score interpretation norms are relevant to the current student population. When the norms are updated, we mark this by changing the edition—this is an easy way of letting test users know that the score interpretation norms were changed.

What is different? How do the score interpretation norms change in a renorming?
Typically, the norms do not change very much, but small changes do happen. They change the requirements for different proficiency levels and designations: how many correct answers you need to be considered proficient, for example. When we renorm, we analyze the scores of a very large number of students on each test, and we see how the scores are distributed across the group. We also compare the performance of students in different grades to see which grades perform similarly enough to be grouped into a grade span and which grades may need their own sub-set of norms. Finally, we compare the performance of English (or Spanish) learners against the performance of English (or Spanish) native speakers on the test to ensure that the cut score for the Advanced level is not set too high.

What are the newest editions of the IPT tests?
The newest editions of the IPT Oral and Reading & Writing tests in English and Spanish are listed below.

IPT English Tests *

  • Pre-IPT Oral English, Fifth Edition, 2016
  • IPT I Oral, Forms G & H, Second Edition, 2016
  • IPT II Oral, Forms E & F, Second Edition, 2016
  • IPT Early Literacy English, Fourth Edition, 2016
  • IPT 1 Reading & Writing, Forms C & D Third Edition, 2014
  • I IPT 2 Reading & Writing, Forms C & D Third Edition, 2014
  • IPT 3 Reading & Writing, Forms C & D Third Edition, 2014

IPT Spanish Tests *

  • Pre-IPT Oral Spanish, Fifth Edition, 2016
  • IPT I Oral Spanish, Fifth Edition, 2016
  • IPT II Oral Spanish, Fifth Edition, 2016
  • IPT Early Literacy Spanish, Second Edition, 2014
  • IPT 1 Reading & Writing Spanish, Fifth Edition, 2016
  • IPT 2 Reading & Writing Spanish, Fifth Edition, 2016
  • IPT 3 Reading & Writing Spanish, Fifth Edition, 2016

Why should I switch to the new edition?
Using the new edition ensures that your language learners' test performance is compared against a current norm sample, and therefore, that the standards you use to interpret their test scores is up to date.

When should I switch to the new edition?
Switching to new norms at the turn of a school year ensures that students tested at different times during the same school year are all evaluated using the same standards.

* Did any test items change? Have any of the test pictures changed?
All of the test items and the test pictures remain the same.

I am an OnlineIPT customer, what if I have some copies of the previous edition oral picture books. Can I use my existing stock of picture books with the new edition online tests?
Yes, you can use the new editions of the OnlineIPT Oral tests with your previous edition picture books. For example, if you have an IPT I-Oral English, Form G First Edition Picture Book, you can still use it to test students with the OnlineIPT I-Oral English, Form G, Second Edition test.

I am an OnlineIPT customer, what if I have some copies of the fourth edition Pre-IPT Story Boards and Story Pieces. Can I use my existing stock with the new fifth edition online tests?
Yes, you can use the new fifth edition of the Online Pre-IPT test with your previous edition story board and story pieces. None of the test items, story board, or story pieces were changed in this renorming.

I am a paper-based IPT customer, what if I have some copies of the previous edition oral picture books. Can I use my existing stock of picture books with the new edition paper tests?
Yes, you can use the new editions of the IPT Oral tests with your previous edition picture books. For example, if you have an IPT I-Oral English, Form G First Edition Picture Book, you can still use it to test students with the IPT I-Oral English, Form G, Second Edition test booklet.

I am a paper-based IPT customer, what if I have some copies of the fourth edition Pre-IPT Story Boards and Story Pieces. Can I use my existing stock with the new fifth edition test booklets?
Yes, you can use the new fifth edition Pre-IPT test booklets with your fourth edition story board and story pieces. None of the test items, story board, or story pieces were changed in this renorming.

Can I compare scores for students who were tested with two different editions?
For reasons of fairness, it is best to use the same edition norms when comparing students. Renorming can change cut scores for different proficiency levels and designations, so it is most fair to use the same yardstick when making comparisons across students and that means using the same edition tests.

What if I have some copies of the previous edition test booklets still remaining? Can I use my existing stock of paper-based tests and start using the new norms now?
Yes, you can use the new norms with your previous edition test booklets. You will just need to let everyone who administers the IPT know that the schools are now using the new norms. The new designation tables can be downloaded here. When teachers or examiners convert test scores to designations or proficiency levels, they should use the new conversion tables instead of the ones printed in the previous edition booklets. The new score conversion tables are printed in the new edition test booklets, so once you start to use the new edition booklets, no reference to the online conversion tables will need to be made.

My school or district uses the OnlineIPT. Do the score reports for the old and new edition look the same?
Yes, the score reports look the same. It is just the cut scores for different proficiency levels that were updated. The new norms reflect how a large sample of students who are currently tested using the IPT did on the test.

Can I edit a test if I accidentally entered the wrong edition when the test was administered?
Yes, you can change the edition after the test was administered. (You can also change other elements that are related to the test administration, such as test date, test period, grade, school, and notes.) You are not allowed to change student responses. Test scores and designations will be automatically recalculated when you change the test edition. If the new norms made a difference to student performance, the difference will be reflected automatically in the student's test record and any score reports that are run after the change of edition is made. However, you may need to contact your district/school to update your permission rights to make changes to existing test records. For more help ordering any of the new IPT tests click here or contact your educational sales consultant at (714) 990-4332 or (800) 321-4332 .