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INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Education released ISTEP+ scores Thursday morning as the state gets ready to replace the statewide test.

Statewide in 2016, 66.1 percent of students in grades three through eight passed the English/Language Arts section, 58.9 percent passed the Mathematics section and 51.6 percent passed both sections. In addition, 64.9 percent of fourth and fifth graders passed the Science section; 64.2 percent of fifth and seventh graders passed the Social Studies component.

In grade ten, 59 percent of students passed English/Language Arts, 34.6 percent passed Mathematics and 32.2 percent passed both sections. The state said 58.8 percent of tenth graders passed the Science section.

The 2016 scores are the second year of the new statewide testing for grades three through eight, which is based on the state's more rigorous college and career-ready standards. The baseline for the test was established in 2015.  As for grade ten, this is the first year for the new assessment, meaning those results can't be compared to previous years, according to the department. The test was also based on more rigorous college and career-ready standards.

These results come as a new test could replace the ISTEP+ starting in 2018.

In the video above, state superintendent-elect Dr. Jennifer McCormick discusses her thoughts on the ISTEP controversy, and her plans for the Dept. of Education in the years to come.