By JEFF SCHULTZ
The 2016 ISTEP+
testing results were announced this morning by the Indiana Department of
Education, showing a gradual decline from 2015 scores around the state and
pointing to the tougher core standards as the cause of the decline. The
state in 2015 established a new baseline and transitioned with standards
implemented to test students’ college and career readiness.
“As has been seen
across the country, multiple years are required for educators and students
to fully transition to more rigorous standards and assessments,” the DOE
said in a press release today.
percent of students in grades 3-8 passed the English/Language Arts section
of the 2016 ISTEP+ test, 58.9 percent passed the Math section, and 51.6
percent passed both sections.
67.3 percent of grades 3-8 passed the English/Language Arts portion in 2015,
61 passed the Math section and 53.5 percent passed both.
Also, 59 percent of
students in grade 10 passed the English/Language Arts section, 34.6 percent
passed the Math section, and 32.2 percent passed both.
This was also the
first year of a new state assessment for grade 10 on these more rigorous
college and career ready standards, the DOE said. For this reason, grade 10
results are not comparable to previous years’ pass rates.
additionally said 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
Public Instruction Glenda Ritz issued a statement on her call to improve
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.”
Passing rates for
English and Math dipped overall in the state. The trend was also seen in
Duneland as the school corporation saw a decrease from 64.8 percent passing
both in 2015 for all grades 3-8 to 63.8 percent passing in 2016.
Like last year,
more students ended up passing the English section -- 73.6 percent -- than
Math -- 72.6 percent.
schools saw a decrease in passing both tests this year. The greatest percent
variance was Yost Elementary with 54.3 percent passing this year compared to
60 percent in 2015.
Yost scored the
lowest percentages in Grades 3-8 while Liberty Elementary was Duneland’s
best performing school with 73.5 percent passing both sections, followed by
Brummitt Elementary with 71.8 percent, Jackson Elementary with 68.9 percent,
Liberty Intermediate with 68.2 percent, Westchester Intermediate with 63.5
percent, Bailly Elementary with 61.9 percent and Chesterton Middle School
with 58.9 percent.
graders at Chesterton High School counted this year saw 68.1 percent pass
English/Language Arts, 46.4 percent pass Math and 44.5 percent pass both.
Overall passing both sections statewide for 10th grade was 32.2 percent.
All schools in all
grades in Duneland, except for Math in Jackson Elementary 4th grade, tested
above the state average.
Superintendent of Instruction for Duneland Schools Jim Goetz told the
Chesterton Tribune this morning that while scores did not improve from last
year, the bright side is the schools scored well over the state averages. He
and Chesterton High School Principal Jeff Van Drie are comparing the scores
with other school districts similar in size to Duneland in Porter and Lake
As in 2015,
Duneland ranked third of the seven school corporations in Porter County in
terms of students passing both English and Math. East Porter County Schools
and Valparaiso Community Schools scored higher with 65.5 percent and 64.8
percent, respectively. Scoring the lowest was Porter Twp. Schools with 48.7
Goetz said it was
surprising to see the state average of only 32.2 percent of high school
students passing both English and Math.
He said the
administration will work to bring the scores up but it is a constant
challenge with the state incorporating new standards each year.
“It’s tough when
things keep changing,” Goetz said. “We will take the data to help our
teachers and our kids. But it’s just one test. It’s not the be all end all.”
continue to seek out programs designed for hands-on learning in Math and
other subjects, Goetz added.
Also showing higher
scores than the state average was Discovery Charter School. The school saw
80 percent of its students pass the English section, 77.6 percent pass the
Math section and 70.8 percent passing both.
Ernesto Martinez said changes in the testing standards have made it more
difficult for his school as well. “We still try our best to have high
quality teachers and students,” he said.
State educators and
lawmakers have discussed the possibility of replacing ISTEP with something
else. Goetz said he guesses ISTEP will be around at least for the near
The state this year
did not release data for ISTEP+ scores in non-public schools like St.
Patrick School in Chesterton.
The following is a
grade-by-grade breakdown of the 2016 scores in Duneland and Discovery
passing in English/Language Arts was 69.0%. Statewide average in Math was
60.1%. Passing both was 54.1% statewide.
74.1%; Math, 67.9%; passing both, 60.5%.
83.1%; Math, 84.7%; passing both, 75.9%.
85.1%; Math, 82.1%; passing both, 77.6%.
English, 76.9%; Math, 82.6%; passing both, 65.9%.
71.4%; Math, 65.7%; passing both, 61.4%.
87.8%; Math, 85.1%; passing both, 82.4%.
passing in English/Language Arts was 68.2%. Statewide average in Math was
62.4%. Passing both was 54.8% statewide.
77.0%; Math, 72.4%; passing both, 63.2%.
84.5%; Math, 77.6%; passing both, 69.0%.
76.8%; Math, 61.8%; passing both, 58.2%.
English, 88.6%; Math, 86.4%; passing both, 73.9%.
71.6%; Math, 56.8%; passing both, 48.1%.
79.7%; Math, 76.8%; passing both, 73.9%.
passing in English/Language Arts was 63.4%. Statewide average in Math was
65.6%. Passing both was 53.7% statewide.
Intermediate: English, 75.9%; Math, 81.9%; passing both, 71.1%.
Intermediate: English, 62.5%; Math, 81.2%; passing both, 59.1%.
69.6%; Math, 85.5%; passing both, 68.1%.
passing in English/Language Arts was 66.3%. Statewide average in Math was
59.8%. Statewide average passing both was 52.0% statewide.
Intermediate: English, 73.4%; Math, 73.5%; passing both, 65.8%.
Intermediate: English, 77.2%; Math, 74.4%; passing both, 67.6%.
78.6%; Math, 66.7%; passing both, 57.1%.
passing in English/Language Arts was 67.5%. Statewide average in Math was
52.3%. Statewide average passing both was 47.9%.
71.4%; Math, 66.2%; passing both, 59.5%.
87.5%; Math, 68.8%; passing both, 68.8%.
passing in English/Language Arts was 61.8%. Statewide average in Math was
53.4%. Statewide average passing both was 46.7%
67.6%; Math, 66.8%; passing both, 58.3%.
84.0%; Math, 60.0%; passing both, 60.0%.
passing in English/Language Arts was 59.0%. Statewide average in Math was
34.6%. Statewide average passing both was 32.2%.
School: English, 68.1%; Math, 46.4%; passing both, 44.5%.
All Grades 3-8
passing in English/Language Arts was 67.3%. Statewide average in Math was
61%. Statewide average passing both was 53.5%.
Corp.: English, 73.2%; Math, 72.6%; passing both, 63.3%.
80.0%; Math, 77.6%; passing both, 70.8%.
East Porter County
School Corporation: English, 81.3%; Math, 71.2%; passing both 65.5%.
MSD Boone Twp.
Schools: English, 70.9%; Math, 68.7%; passing both 57.7%.
School: English, 67.2%; Math, 62.2%; passing both 53.5%.
Porter Twp. School:
English, 71.0%; Math, 53.8%; passing both 48.7%.
Union Twp. Schools:
English, 79.5%; Math, 74.9%; passing both 67.7%.
English, 78.3%; Math, 70.3%; passing both 64.8%.