INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Department of Education released statewide, corporation, and school level ISTEP+ scores today. The data shows that scores went up statewide, with 79.5% of Hoosier students passing the English/Language Arts portion of the test and 82.7% passing math up from 79.4% for English/Language Arts and 81.2% for Math in 2012. 73.5% of students passed both sections. The 2013 numbers released today are preliminary and will be finalized after students and parents have the opportunity to request re-scores of the Applied Skills portion of the test.
"First, I want to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of Indiana students, parents, educators, administrators and the employees of the Department of Education for their efforts during the administration of this test," said Superintendent Ritz. "Despite considerable difficulties, our students improved their overall performance yet again, and deserve our congratulations."
Statewide, 76.2% of 8th graders passed the English/Language Arts (ELA) portion and 81.2% passed Math compared to 74.2% for ELA and 80.1% for Math in 2012. For 7th graders, 74.2% passed ELA and 80.2% passed Math, compared to 76.3% for ELA and 79.0% for Math in 2012.
77.7% of 6th grade students passed their ELA and 84.0% passed Math, compared to 78.7% for ELA and 83.0% for Math in 2012.
79.2% of 5th grade students passed their ELA and 87.0% passed Math, compared to 78.4% for ELA and 86.2% for Math in 2012.
84.3% of 4th grade students passed their ELA and 83.5% passed Math, compared to 82.4% for ELA and 79.1% for Math in 2012.
Finally, 85.2% of 3th grade students passed their ELA and 80.1% passed Math, compared to 86.2% for ELA and 79.6% for Math in 2012.
Science content on the 2013 ISTEP + was based on new science standards adopted in 2010. The Education Roundtable and the State Board of Education will consider Science cut scores in the coming weeks. The release of Science scores is anticipated in late October.