Mixed results for 2016 ISTEP+ exams

File: A student takes an ISTEP exam.
File: A student takes an ISTEP exam.

FORT WAYNE, Ind.  (WANE) – The Indiana Department of Education released 2016 ISTEP+ results.

2016 marked another transition year for education in the Hoosier state.

This was the second year for new assessments for grades 3 through 8 on more rigorous college and career ready standards. A baseline was established with results from ISTEP+ testing in 2015.

2016 was also the first year for new state assessments for grade 10. Results from the 2016 tests are not comparable to other years testing results.

Statewide in 2016, 66 percent of students in grades 3 through 8 passed the English/Language Arts sections. 59 percent passed the mathematics sections and 52 percent passed both sections.

In grades 4 and 6, 65 percent of students passed the Science section and 64 percent of students in grades 5 and 7 passed the Social Studies section.

In grade 10, 59 percent of students passed the English/Language Arts section, 35 percent passed the Mathematics section, and 32 percent passed both sections.

Scores at the major public districts in Allen County had varying results.

For FWCS:
Grades 3-8: 55.5 percent passed English/Language Arts
Grades 3-8: 49.4 percent passed Mathematics
Grades 3-8: 41.1 percent passed both (44 percent last year)
Grade 10: 48.6 percent passed English/Language Arts
Grade 10: 20.3 percent passed Mathematics
Grade 10: 19.3 percent passed both

For EACS:
Grades 3-8: 66.9 percent passed English/Language Arts
Grades 3-8: 56.9 percent passed Mathematics
Grades 3-8: 51.7 percent passed both (52.4 percent last year)
Grade 10: 56.1 percent passed English/Language Arts
Grade 10: 26.4 percent passed Mathematics
Grade 10: 24.8 percent passed both

For NACS:
Grades 3-8: 79.1 percent passed English/Language Arts
Grades 3-8: 72.7 percent passed Mathematics
Grades 3-8: 65.9 percent passed both (70 percent last year)
Grade 10: 76.5 percent passed English/Language Arts
Grade 10: 48.3 percent passed Mathematics
Grade 10: 45.5 percent passed both

For SACS:
Grades 3-8: 77.3 percent passed English/Language Arts
Grades 3-8: 69 percent passed Mathematics
Grades 3-8: 63.4 percent passed both (69 percent last year)
Grade 10: 80.1 percent passed English/Language Arts
Grade 10: 60.1 percent passed Mathematics
Grade 10: 57.9 percent passed both

FWCS released a statement about the results. In part the statement from Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson says:

“Clearly, the results for FWCS are not where we want them to be, but are not unexpected. The FWCS results mirror the trends across the state. Indiana schools are still adjusting to the new standards adopted in 2014. Experts uniformly have found that it takes three years of using new standards before standardized tests can accurately show if students are mastering standards. We have not yet reached that point.”

“ISTEP+ is just one measurement of how individual students are succeeding, and we certainly don’t wait for these results to adjust educational practices to ensure all students are educated to high standards. That work takes place each and every day in our classrooms through precise use of data by our highly-skilled teachers.”

Northwest Allen County Schools sent this statement in an email:

“The recently released ISTEP scores are not relevant to us.  Not only is the information based on events that took place more than six months ago after enduring a repeat of interruptions, errors, etc. which have become a normal part of the ISTEP process, they also provide zero information about why students passed or why students did not pass.  Therefore, the recently released data does not offer useful information designed to help us meet the individual learning needs of our students.”

Southwest Allen County Schools released this statement:

“No single metric provides a definitive marker of who we are as a district. At Southwest Allen County Schools (SACS), we do not define excellence as being a test score. The poorly designed and executed ISTEP+ test has produced scores that inadequately represent an incredibly narrow measurement of student achievement. This test does not paint a complete and accurate picture of the learning that takes place in our classrooms each and every day. Despite how our students are tested by the State, and/or the grades our schools receive, our teachers, staff and the SACS community remain committed to preparing today’s learners for tomorrow’s opportunities.”

NewsChannel 15 talked to East Allen County Schools Superintendent Ken Folks. To hear what he has to say, click on the video above.

The following four links break out results by school district and by individual school: