It’s that time of year again: the Indiana Department of Education released scores this week for the 2014 ISTEP+, Indiana’s benchmark statewide assessment for third through eighth graders.
Overall, scores went up for both English/Language Arts and Math. 80.7 percent of students passed the ELA test, up from 79.5 percent last year. 83.5 percent of students passed the math test, up from 83.0 percent in 2013. The number of students who passed both tests also increased, with 74.7 percent passing this year compared to 73.7 percent last year.
Here is a map of results for the 2014 ISTEP+ exams, including data for private schools, traditional public schools and charter schools:
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Students took the exam in two sittings. Schools administered the “applied skills” portion in early March, followed by a separate multiple choice portion in late April and early May.
Each student was tested in two core subject areas — English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Historically, these scores have been used in setting a school’s letter grade, a process state officials are currently in talks to tweak. Additionally, fourth and sixth graders are tested in science, and fifth and seventh graders are tested in social studies.
Testing went much smoother this year compared to the 2013 .The state’s current testing software, provided by CTB/McGraw-Hill, suffered a series of glitches that kicked off many students during testing.
As for next year, we’ll have to wait and see what happens. Don’t forget, students will no longer take this exact test.
When Governor Pence pulled Indiana out of the Common Core in March, state officials crafted a new set of state-specific academic standards. Based on conditions in the state’s No Child Left Behind waiver, that meant officials also had to provide a test aligned with the new standards to students this coming spring.
So this coming spring, teachers will administer a temporary version, updated by CTB/McGraw-Hill. Starting in the 2015-2016 school year, a brand new test created by a potentially new vendor will debut.
The IDOE is currently soliciting vendors for that new test.