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ISTEP results released for local schools

ISTEP results released for local schools
ISTEP results released for local schools
Christy Yost

The Indiana Dept. of Education last week released 2018 ISTEP+ results. Performance remained stable across content areas in grades 3 through 8, with slight increases in grade 8 English/Language Arts and grade 3 Mathematics.
Locally, the average number of students from third to eighth grade who passed both English and math totaled between 55 and 58 percent. Only Lanesville improved on its percentage from a year ago.
According to 2018 data, 58.3 percent of students at North Harrison passed both examinations, ending a trend of years of increases. In 2016, 61.3 percent passed both and, in 2017, that figure jumped to 63.3.
For Lanesville, 55.3 percent passed both, a slight uptick from last year’s total, 54.3. It continued in upward trend from 2016 data, which totaled 51.5. South Harrison dipped to 56.2 percent from 60.8 a year ago. It’s still a two-year increase from 2016’s total of 54.7.
The state average dropped slightly, to 50.7 from 51.4 percent. In 2016, it was essentially the same as it was a year ago (51.6 percent).
The highest scoring grade in the Harrison County for the English test was the North Harrison third grade with 78.8 percent passing. The highest math group was the South Harrison fifth grade at 81 percent.
The 10th-grade scores were not as strong, with only 25 percent passing both tests at Lanesville, 36.6 at North Harrison and 43.2 percent at South.
The state average for 10th graders passing both was 33.7 percent.
‘ISTEP+ is one of the many tools Indiana uses to measure student achievement, and this year’s results indicate we are moving in the right direction,’ Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, said. ‘Indiana’s classrooms are full of dedicated educators who spend each day preparing our children for academic success, and I am grateful for their hard work.’
ISTEP+ assesses more rigorous Indiana Academic Standards adopted in 2014 for English/Language Arts and Mathematics. Altogether, ISTEP+ assesses English/Language Arts, Mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, Science in grades 4, 6 and 10 and Social Studies in grades 5 and 7. For the Spring 2018 ISTEP+ assessment, corporations and schools were expected to transition to online assessments as the primary delivery mode. In total, 2.6 million assessments were given successfully online across all grades and content areas.
Indiana continues the transition in 2018-19 to ILEARN, delivering computer adaptive components in grades 3 through 8. ILEARN assesses the same Indiana Academic Standards as ISTEP+, but educators reframed content priorities and item presentation to ensure each item solicits evidence of proficiency based on the Indiana Academic Standards. ISTEP+ Grade 10 continues to serve as the accountability assessment through the 2022 cohort, until the transition to the Graduation Pathways.
For information about available ILEARN resources for educators, visit www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn-educators. For information about available ILEARN resources for families, visit www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn-families.

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