Indiana students make small gains in ISTEP scores

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WANE) — Indiana students made modest improvements across the board in last year’s ISTEP tests.

Scores released by the Indiana Department of Education on Monday show that 74.7 percent of students passed both the math and English tests — up one percentage point from 2013. Students showed the strongest gains in the English and language arts portion of the statewide standardized test, with 80.7 percent passing.

State schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz says the improvements show the great learning that is happening in Indiana.

“This year, we saw yet another increase in student performance indicated through ISTEP.  I want to congratulate Indiana’s students, parents, teachers and administrators for all their hard work this past year.  These increased scores are just one sign of the great learning that is happening in Indiana Schools.”

Most schools in northeast Indiana also saw slight improvements.

68. 9 percent of students at Fort Wayne Community Schools passed both the English and Math portions, up 2.1 percent from 2013.

Northwest Allen County Schools saw a 1.1 percent improvement in both English and Math. 86.5 percent of students in that district passed passed both.

Southwest Allen County Schools’ scores decreased slightly in 2014, with 84.4 percent passing both English and Math. In 2013, 85.1 percent passed both.

The district with the greatest improvement in the area was East Allen County Schools. Students there scored 5.5 percent better this year, with a 72.2 percent passing rate, in both English and Math.

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Education leaders are bracing for a possible drop in scores in the coming years as the state adopts new tests conforming to federal requirements. A new test will be used this coming school year and a second test will be developed for the 2015-2016 school year.


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