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September 18, 2013

Indiana Department of Education releases ISTEP+ scores

Students improve performance despite computer glitches

The Indiana Department of Education released statewide, corporation, and school-level ISTEP+ scores today. The data shows that scores went up statewide, with 79.5 percent of Hoosier students passing the English/Language Arts portion of the test and 82.7 percent passing Math, up from 79.4 percent for English/Language Arts and 81.2 percent for Math in 2012. The percent of students who passed both sections was 73.5. The 2013 numbers released today are preliminary and will be finalized after students and parents have the opportunity to request re-scores of the Applied Skills 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,” said Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz. “Despite considerable difficulties, our students improved their overall performance yet again, and deserve our congratulations.”  

Statewide, 76.2 percent of eighth-graders passed the English/Language Arts (ELA) portion and 81.2 percent passed Math, compared to 74.2 percent for ELA and 80.1 percent for Math in 2012. 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.  

Sixth-grade students passed 77.7 percent of ELA and 84.0 percent of Math, compared to 78.7 percent for ELA and 83.0 percent for Math in 2012. Fifth-graders passed 79.2 percent of ELA and 87.0 percent of Math, compared to 78.4 percent for ELA and 86.2 percent for Math in 2012.  

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

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.  

Go online to www.doe.in.gov/improvement/accountability/find-school-and-corporation-data-reports for school and corporation-level data.

For the Vigo County School Corp., districtwide ISTEP-Plus results are as follows:

• 78.2 percent of students passed English/language arts.

• 81.2 percent passed math.

• 71.2 percent passed both parts of the test.

See Thursday’s Tribune-Star and revisit www.tribstar.com for complete information on local and state scores as well as commentary from school officials.

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