Department of Education this morning lifted the embargo on the 2015 ISTEP+
testing scores and previous statements that the scores were much lower this
year due to a shift away from Common Core standards held true.
overall average for passing both the English/Language Arts and Math portion
for 2015 in grades 3-8 came in at 53.5 percent, compared to 74.7 percent in
The effect was felt
here too, although the Duneland School Corporation, the Discovery Charter
School and St. Patrick’s School in Chesterton all scored above the state
score for 2015 as a corporation was 64.8 percent passing for both English
and Math, compared to 82.1 percent in 2014. For English, Duneland saw 75.7
percent passing and for Math 73.1 percent passing overall.
At Discovery, 73
percent passed both subjects overall with 83.7 passing the English portion
and 78.6 percent for Math. In 2014, the overall percentage for Discovery was
88 percent passing both.
St. Patrick’s held
up the best with 94.4 percent passing English, 97.2 percent passing Math and
92.4 percent passing both in 2015. For 2014, St. Patrick’ saw 96.4 percent
passing English, 99.3 percent passing Math and 96.4 percent passing both.
Along with the
release of the 2015 ISTEP+ scores, the DOE in a statement explained that the
test was the first state assessment to be based on Indiana’s new, more
rigorous college and career ready standards.
“Because of this
change, the 2015 ISTEP+ scores are not comparable to previous years’ pass
rates. Instead, for the first time they show the percentage of students
meeting the new college and career ready benchmarks at each grade level,”
the DOE said.
administrators at Duneland and at Discovery Charter School told the
Chesterton Tribune that their biggest gripe is that, due to getting the
test results so late, educators now only have a couple of months to try to
improve in areas where their classrooms struggled.
“With this year’s
ISTEP+ testing beginning in about 38 school days, schools have little time
to make adjustments so next year’s scores may likely be very similar to this
year’s scores,” said Discovery Principal Ernesto Martinez.
Superintendent of Schools David Pruis and Assistant Superintendent Monte
Moffett said that schools typically see their test results early in the fall
around late August or September. It was only last month that they were able
to see the preliminary figures.
Pruis said that he
hopes the state legislature will decide on giving hold harmless protection
to schools for accountability grades. House Bill 1003 has been introduced,
which would provide that protection. There is also a bill in the Senate --
SB 100 -- which would give the schools their 2013-14 performance rating
instead of using the 2014-15 results, unless the latter is a higher grade.
But comparing the
new ISTEP scores to those received in recent years would have little
validity, Moffett said, because the tests are “different.” This was “a very
difficult year” for everyone involved starting with the vendor that created
the test, local lawmakers, school administrators, parents, teachers and
students because of the changes, Pruis and Moffett said.
Both urged parents
to keep in mind that the ISTEP test is just a snapshot of where the schools
are and it should not reflect on individual students.
room for improvement. We strive for that and help the students as much as
possible,” Pruis said, commending teachers and students for their hard work.
Martinez said he is
proud of his student’s performance results and commented that with a new
test in 2015, “you can’t really compare them to previous years.” Despite the
declines, Discovery Board of Directors President Laurie Metz said Discovery
takes the honor again of being the best performing charter school in the
Elsewhere in Porter
County, East Porter County had the highest scores of the local school
corporations, with 69.4 percent passing English and Math and Porter Twp.
Schools was the lowest, with 51.3 percent.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz in a statement issued this
morning called for reforms to Indiana’s student assessment program:
“After years of
legislative changes at both the state and federal level, our schools were
asked once again to implement new standards and subject students to a new
assessment without time to transition. The 2015 ISTEP+ results have
established a new baseline for Indiana’s progress towards college and career
ready benchmarks, and I want to thank our students, educators and
administrators for their hard work during such a challenging school year. I
look forward to seeing student growth towards these new, more rigorous
benchmarks moving forward.
“My top priority is
the educational, social, and emotional well-being of Hoosier students. That
is why I believe that it is time for Indiana to move away from the costly,
lengthy, pass/fail ISTEP+ assessment. The one-size-fits-all, high stakes
approach of the ISTEP+ needs to end. Instead, Indiana should move towards a
streamlined, individualized, student-centered assessment that provides
students, families and educators with quick feedback about how a student is
performing and how they have grown during a school year.
“Moving forward, I
will work with the General Assembly to oversee the development of this
assessment so we can better serve each individual student’s needs. In
addition, as the Chair of the State Board of Education, I will recommend
action to ensure that each school’s accountability grade is determined by
meaningful measures and not just by test scores.”
The following is a
grade-by-grade breakdown of the school scores in Duneland:
passing in English/language arts was 73.2%. Statewide average in math was
62.6%. Passing both was 57.5% statewide.
80.9%; Math, 64.0%; passing both, 64%.
83.6%; Math, 83.6%; passing both, 77%.
84.6%; Math, 63.5%; passing both, 59.6%.
English, 89.1%; Math, 82.9%; passing both, 75.2%.
81.3%; Math, 63.5%; passing both, 64%.
85.2%; Math, 89.2%; passing both, 83.8%.
English, 100%; Math, 100%; passing both, 100%.
passing in English/language arts was 70.4%. Statewide average in math was
65.2%. Passing both was 57.6% statewide.
69.5%; Math, 62.1%; passing both, 53.7%.
71.2%; Math, 67.6%; passing both, 56.2%.
85.7%; Math, 80.4%; passing both, 73.2%.
English, 72.4%; Math, 78.6%; passing both, 63.3%.
71.3%; Math, 66.3%; passing both, 56.3%.
85.9%; Math, 81.9%; passing both, 76.1%.
English, 100%; Math, 100%; passing both, 100%.
passing in English/language arts was 65.2%. Statewide average in math was
68.4%. Passing both was 56.1% statewide.
Intermediate: English, 72.9%; Math, 79.3%; passing both, 68.2%.
Intermediate: English, 71.5%; Math, 88.3%; passing both, 68.8%.
78.4%; Math, 84.3%; passing both, 76.5%.
English, 90.6%; Math, 100%; passing both, 90.6%.
passing in English/language arts was 65.8%. Statewide average in math was
61.9%. Statewide average passing both was 53.3% statewide.
Intermediate: English, 78.1%; Math, 70.2%; passing both, 65.7%.
Intermediate: English, 70.4%; Math, 70.4%; passing both, 60.3%.
80.0%; Math, 75.6%; passing both, 68.9%.
English, 94.7%; Math, 100%; passing both, 94.7%.
passing in English/language arts was 65.7%. Statewide average in math was
54.1%. Statewide average passing both was 48.6%.
73.2%; Math, 65.4%; passing both, 58.9%.
89.7%; Math, 55.2%; passing both, 55.2%.
English, 85.7%; Math, 85.7%; passing both, 76.2%.
passing in English/language arts was 63.7%. Statewide average in math was
54.2%. Statewide average passing both was 48%
77.9%; Math, 74.9%; passing both, 69.4%.
84.2%; Math, 52,6%; passing both, 47.4%.
English, 93.8%; Math, 93.8%; passing both, 87.5%.
passing in English/language arts was 67.3%. Statewide average in math was
61%. Statewide average passing both was 53.5%.
Corp.: English, 75.7%; Math, 73.1%; passing both, 64.8%.
83.7%; Math, 78.6%; passing both, 73.0%.
English, 94.4%; Math, 97.2%; passing both, 92.4%.
East Porter County
School Corporation: English, 81.8%; Math, 74.6%; passing both 69.4%.
Union Twp. Schools:
English, 75.6%; Math, 71.9%; passing both 63.6%.
English, 79.7%; Math, 72.6%; passing both 66.8%.
MSD Boone Twp.
Schools: English, 71.7%; Math, 65.7%; passing both 56.6%.
School: English, 69.6%; Math 64.4%; passing both 55.2%.
Porter Twp. School:
English, 74.7%; Math, 55.2%; passing both 51.3%.