Fewer than half of Indiana students meet new exam standards

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WEHT) — Fewer than half of Indiana students met expected achievement levels on the state’s new standardized test, leading the state’s top educator to renew her call for changes on how those results are used for rating schools and teachers.

Statewide ILEARN exam results released Wednesday show that 47.9% of students in grades 3-8 met proficiency levels for language arts and 47.8% for math. Those are both down more than 10 percentage points from last year’s passing rates for the previous ISTEP exam.

Even before the ILEARN results were released to the public, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb called for a one-year delay in using those scores toward teacher evaluations or the A-F ratings for schools.

State schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says ILEARN uses tougher standards of whether students are making sufficient progress.

The Indiana State Board of Education met Wednesday for its September business meeting, where a resolution was approved to affirm that there will be no action to place school letter grades until the General Assembly explores how to ease the transition to ILEARN.

“In line with Gov. Holcomb’s call to hold harmless, the Board will not place school letter grades until the General Assembly takes the appropriate action to ensure this year’s ILEARN scores do not have an adverse impact on schools and teachers,” said B.J. Watts, board chair. “Once action has been taken, the Board will hold a special meeting to assign those grades.”

Here’s a look at some of the scores for area school corporations:

EVSC – 45.1% ELA Proficient

44.4% Math Proficient

40.7% Science Proficient

40% Social Studies Proficient

Warrick County – 64.5% ELA Proficient

65.1% Math Proficient

69.6% Science Proficient

69.5% Social Studies Proficient

Diocese of Evansville – 73% ELA Proficient

71.4% Math Proficient

71.8% Science Proficient

79.1% Social Studies Proficient

Joshua Academy – 31.4% ELA Proficient

45.3% Math Proficient

29.7% Science Proficient

39.1% Social Studies Proficient

North Posey – 60.8% ELA Proficient

67.6% Math Proficient

65.2% Science Proficient

48.6% Social Studies Proficient

Mt. Vernon – 54.4% ELA Proficient

63.5% Math Proficient

64.5% Science Proficient

59% Social Studies Proficient

Tell City-Troy – 57.3% ELA Proficient

56.6% Math Proficient

50% Science Proficient

54.1% Social Studies Proficient

Cannelton – 32.6% ELA Proficient

29.1% Math Proficient

14.3% Science Proficient


Perry Central – 59.9% ELA Proficient

51.6% Math Proficient

63.5% Science Proficient

42.2% Social Studies Proficient

North Spencer – 68.4% ELA Proficient

72.1% Math Proficient

74% Science Proficient

64.6% Social Studies Proficient

South Spencer – 56.4% ELA Proficient

56% Math Proficient

63.5% Science Proficient

59.8% Social Studies Proficient

Pike County – 38.1% ELA Proficient

37.6% Math Proficient

43.4% Science Proficient

31.3% Social Studies Proficient

Northeast Dubois – 50.3% ELA Proficient

64.8% Math Proficient

57.6% Science Proficient

40.4% Social Studies Proficient

Southeast Dubois – 67.6% ELA Proficient

74.9% Math Proficient

69.2% Science Proficient

77.1% Social Studies Proficient

Southwest Dubois – 50.9% ELA Proficient

57.1% Math Proficient

56.5% Science Proficient

50.8% Social Studies Proficient

Jasper – 61.1% ELA Proficient

62.7% Math Proficient

65.2% Science Proficient

58.4% Social Studies Proficient

East Gibson – 41.2% ELA Proficient

49.5% Math Proficient

38.1% Science Proficient

45.7% Social Studies Proficient

North Gibson – 37.8% ELA Proficient

38.3% Math Proficient

40.7% Science Proficient

29.3% Social Studies Proficient

South Gibson – 58.4% ELA Proficient

57.1% Math Proficient

58.7% Science Proficient

52.7% Social Studies Proficient

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(This story was originally published on September 4, 2019)

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