Indiana Department of Education releases 2016 ISTEP+ exam results

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The following release was issued by the Indiana Department of Education:

The Indiana Department of Education released results of the 2016 ISTEP+ today.  Statewide in 2016, 66.1% of students in grades 3-8 passed the English/Language Arts section, 58.9% passed the Mathematics section, and 51.6% passed both sections.  Additionally, 64.9% of 4th and 6th grade students passed the Science section and 64.2% of 5th and 7th grade students passed the Social Studies section.

Also in 2016, 59% of students in grade 10 passed the English/Language Arts section, 34.6% passed the Mathematics section, and 32.2% passed both sections.  Additionally, 58.8% of students in grade 10 passed the Science section of the assessment.

The 2016 ISTEP+ test was the second year of a new state assessment for grades 3-8 based on Indiana’s more rigorous college and career ready standards.  As a result of the transition to new standards and assessment, a new baseline was established for ISTEP+ in 2015.  As has been seen across the country, multiple years are required for educators and students to fully transition to more rigorous standards and assessments.

2016 was also the first year of a new state assessment for grade 10 on these more rigorous college and career ready standards.  For this reason, grade 10 results are not comparable to previous years’ pass rates.  Instead, for the first time the high school results show the percentage of students meeting the new college and career ready benchmarks at each grade level.

Additionally, for the first time in more than 20 years, Indiana had a new state assessment vendor for the ISTEP+ assessment.  This change had additional impacts for students and educators during this implementation and transition year.

In response to these results, Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz issued the following statement:

“Transitions are never easy, but I want to applaud the students, educators and families across the state who have worked tirelessly to shift to more rigorous college and career ready standards over the past two years.  Today’s results reflect Indiana’s focus on student progress towards more rigorous benchmarks for college and career readiness.  However, it is important to remember that our students, schools and teachers are more than just a test score.

“I have spent the past four years working to get rid of inefficient and costly tests like ISTEP+.  Indiana has finally taken the first steps to making that positive change for students but we need to go further.  It is not enough to simply rebrand our current pass-fail, expensive and inefficient assessment system.  Indiana must instead take advantage of federal flexibility to move towards a streamlined, individualized, student-centered assessment that provides students, families and educators with quick and meaningful feedback about how a student is performing and how they have grown during a school year.  Students, educators and families deserve nothing less.”

Copies of the 2016 ISTEP+ results can be found on the Department’s website listed under ISTEP+ (2016).

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  1. Does anyone remember when we had gym, music, recess, open lunch so we could go home if we wanted too? Walking to and from school no matter what the weather was like? Summer off from Memorial day to Labor day and very little if any homework…How did we ever survive? We must all be total idiots! We turned out so badly that we are changing everything so our kids will be far better than we are. I guess our kids will be light years ahead of us due to all of the changes. Core 40 is perfect proof that my generation have no brains because someone from my generation created it and other idiots from my generation put it in place along with longer school days, more school days, shorter summer, no extra circulars, no music, no personal expression, and absolutely no fun. Don’t forget about the new and improved SAT tests that all the kids are scoring so high on “obviously”. Kids can eat breakfast and lunch at school because parents just can’t feed their children anymore. Parents can’t afford to feed their own children anymore so breakfast and lunch are just free of charge. We now have all day Kindergarten because parents don’t have enough money for a baby sitter for half of the day. Maybe the kids should live at school and see their parents on special occasions. That is what the government and school system (and some parents) ultimately want. I won’t be around in 50 years to see how this all turns out thank God!

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