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ISTEP Results Encouraging For Some, Not Others

Posted On July 11, 2012

ISTEP(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Indiana students are performing better on the ISTEP+ test, but not quite to the level state education leaders would like to see.

 

The annual test by the Indiana Department of Education measures student and school progress in subjects including math, English, science, and social studies.

 

Results of the 2011-2012 test for approximately 500,000 third through eighth graders show 71 percent of students passed both math and English, the two most important subjects. The figure is a one percent increase from results a year ago and an eight percent improvement from three years ago.

 

“Hoosiers from all walks of life should greet this news with a standing ovation,” said Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett. “More students are getting a world class education in our schools. Thanks to the efforts of Indiana’s great teachers, we’re successfully educating a new generation of leaders and innovators who will build a more prosperous future for our state.”

 

Eighty percent of students were proficient in at least one of the four subject areas. In math, 81 percent passed. Seventy-nine percent passed the English and Language Arts portion. Science and social studies portions had 71 and 69 percent pass rates, respectively.

 

Although Indiana students can brag on their third straight year of all-time highs on each portion of the test, Bennett wants Indiana to reach its goal of 90 percent of students passing the ISTEP+ math and English subjects.

 

“We should be saying that should happen as soon as possible, and frankly I hope next year we’re looking at greater gains to that end,” he said.

Locally, Batesville Community Schools had the highest rate of students passing both English and math at 89 percent. Franklin County Community Schools was the lowest at 66.3 percent.

 

The two most improved schools in southeast Indiana were South Ripley Community Schools and Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools. South Ripley third through eighth graders saw a big improvement in students passing both math and English, up 6.9 percent from last year to 81.9 percent. Sunman-Dearborn scores were up 5.2 percent to 81.8 percent.

 

South Dearborn Community Schools saw the biggest drop off in math and English passing, down from 76.4 in 2011 to 71.9 this year, a 4.5 percent decrease.

 

ISTEP+ results for high school students will be released in the fall.

 

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS PASSING ISTEP – 2011 VS 2012

 

PUBLIC DISTRICT

ENGLISH 2011

ENGLISH 2012

MATH 2011

MATH 2012

ENGLISH &

MATH 2011

ENGLISH &

MATH 2012

+/-

Batesville

89.9

91.0

92.8

95.8

86.6

89.1

+2.5

Franklin County

72.0

73.0

80.6

77.1

66.1

66.3

+0.2

Jac-Cen-Del

83.0

80.2

82.6

84.2

75.1

73.6

-1.5

Lawrenceburg

80.9

76.9

77.4

77.1

70.0

67.5

-2.5

Milan

85.4

85.6

86.9

85.6

77.7

77.9

+0.2

Rising Sun-Ohio Co.

86.0

82.0

79.7

81.7

74.5

73.8

-0.7

South Dearborn

82.3

79.2

85.7

81.1

76.4

71.9

-4.5

South Ripley

83.8

87.7

83.6

89.6

75.0

81.9

+6.9

Sunman-Dearborn

83.9

85.8

85.2

89.0

76.6

81.8

+5.2

Switzerland County

78.0

77.7

82.8

80.6

69.7

68.3

-1.4

 source: Indiana Department of Education

 

 

PERCENTAGE OF STUDENTS PASSING ISTEP – 2011 VS 2012

 

PRIVATE SCHOOL

ENGLISH 2011

ENGLISH 2012

MATH 2011

MATH 2012

ENGLISH &

MATH 2011

ENGLISH &

MATH 2012

+/-

Saint Lawrence (Lawrenceburg)

93.6

96.7

94.9

96.0

91.7

94.0

+2.3

Saint Louis (Batesville)

96.2

97.1

97.9

99.0

95.1

96.1

+1.0

Saint Mary (Aurora)

90.9

89.8

93.2

92.1

88.6

86.4

-2.3

Saint Michael (Brookville)

85.4

88.2

86.1

92.4

79.2

85.4

+6.3

Saint Nicholas (Sunman)

90.3

85.1

81.6

77.0

76.7

69.0

-7.7

Saint Paul (Guilford)

83.3

83.3

75.0

66.7

70.8

54.2

-16.7

 source: Indiana Department of Education