EVSC Shows Growth and Decline in Latest ISTEP Scores

Success is measured in many ways. Wins and losses, meeting goals, or making change. In a classroom, it’s a test that drives and gauges growth.

In Indiana, it’s the ISTEP scores that help teachers and administrators see where they succeed and how to grow, especially in schools the state deems failing.

Last year, four Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation schools received a failing grade from the state. Of those, only one had higher passing grades in both Math and English tests this year.

ISTEP scores play a role in the state's A through F grading but letters haven’t been handed out yet.

Caze Elementary received a failing grade and state intervention is possible to help turn scores around. Caze students who passed both the Math and English tests dropped this year from 20.1 to 15.1 percent.

Academy for Innovative studies dropped from 6.4 to 1.6 percent.

McGary Middle School dropped a percentage point to 19.1 percent.

Lodge Elementary is another school ranking near the bottom of Evansville school districts, receiving a D last year. It dropped from 20.1 to 16.3 percent.

Indiana is 3 years into a new, more rigorous, standardized test in school.

Across town and deep in the south side, a school is showing improvement. Glenwood Leadership Academy received an F last year, and their students’ scores are up from 15 to 16.8 percent.

The top-ranking school in the EVSC is Scott Elementary, with 77.3 percent passing. The top-ranking school in the city is in the Diocese of Evansville; Saint Wendel has 96.5 percent of students passing both Math and English.

Keep in mind, these are raw numbers across whole schools and they do not necessarily reflect individual student performance.

Officials with the EVSC were not available to discuss results Wednesday. Eyewitness News will follow up.


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