State says ISTEP+ scores improved across the board

INDIANAPOLIS - The state said Wednesday data shows ISTEP+ scores received a bump statewide in almost every category.

The Indiana Department of Education has released statewide, corporation and school-level ISTEP+ scores. The department said 79.5 percent of students passed the English/Language Arts portion and 82.7 percent passed math. That’s up from 79.4 percent and 81.2 percent, respectively. The state said 73.5 percent of students passed both of those sections.

One note the state acknowledged: This year’s ISTEP+ numbers are preliminary and will be finalized after students and their parents have the chance to request re-scores of the Applied Portion of the test.

“First, I want to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of Indiana students, parents, educators, administrators and the employees of the Department of Education for their efforts during the administration of this test,” State Superintendent Glenda Ritz said.  “Despite considerable difficulties, our students improved their overall performance yet again, and deserve our congratulations.”

For eighth graders statewide, 76.2 percent passed the English/Language Arts (ELA) portion and 81.2 percent passed math. That’s up from 74.2 percent and 80.1 percent in 2012, respectively.

For seventh graders, 74.2 percent passed ELA and 80.2 percent passed Math, compared to 76.3 percent for ELA and 79.0 percent for Math in 2012.

77.7 percent of sixth grade students passed their ELA and 84 percent passed Math, compared to 78.7 percent for ELA and 83 percent for Math in 2012.  79.2 percent of fifth grade students passed their ELA and 87 percent passed Math, compared to 78.4 percent for ELA and 86.2 percent for Math in 2012. 

84.3 percent of fourth grade students passed their ELA and 83.5 percent passed Math, compared to 82.4 percent for ELA and 79.1 percent for Math in 2012.  Finally, 85.2 percent of third grade students passed their ELA and 80.1 percent passed Math, compared to 86.2 percent for ELA and 79.6 percent for Math in 2012. 

The state said science content on the 2013 ISTEP+ was based on new science standards adopted in 2010. The Education Roundtable and the State Board of Education will consider Science cut scores in the coming weeks.  The release of Science scores is anticipated in late October. 

School- and corporation-level data can be found here.

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