ISTEP scores released; statewide scores up

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – ISTEP scores were released by the Indiana Department of Education Wednesday and officials said scores went up statewide.

Data showed 79.5 percent of Hoosier students passed the English/language arts portion of the test and 82.7 percent passed math, which is up from 79.4 percent for English/language arts and 81.2 percent for math in 2012. 73.5 percent of students passed both sections.

“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 Superintendent Glenda Ritz. “Despite considerable difficulties, our students improved their overall performance yet again, and deserve our congratulations.”

Problems plagued this year’s ISTEP testing. On the first day (April 29) of ISTEP testing, Indianapolis Public Schools officials announced testing would be suspended due to online glitches. Similar issues continued the next day for IPS and several other districts.

The testing company, McGraw Hill, had said that a server problem caused the issues, which affected some 27,000 Hoosier students.

McGraw Hill had said that the disrupted server was secure and students could resume their incomplete exams where they left off.

An independent report commissioned by the Indiana Department of Education found the glitches did not have a negative impact on Hoosier students.

Statewide, 76.2 percent of 8th 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 7th 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.

Seventy-seven percent of 6th grade students passed their ELA and 84 percent passed math, compared to 78.7 percent for ELA and 83 percent for math in 2012. Seventy-nine percent of 5th 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.

Eighty-four percent of 4th 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 3th 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 release of science scores is anticipated in late October.

School and corporation level data can be found here.