ISTEP scores up slightly despite online glitches

By: AP, Newscenter 16
By: AP, Newscenter 16

Indiana students showed slight improvement in language arts and math scores in statewide ISTEP scores that have been released after months of reviews into online glitches during last spring's tests.

The Indiana Department of Education says 79.5 percent of students passed the language arts section, with 82.7 passing the math exam. The math pass rate is up 1.5 percentage points from 2012, but the language arts pass rate is up just one-tenth of a point.

State schools superintendent Glenda Ritz says students deserve congratulations for the improved performance despite the testing troubles.

A recent report found about 80,000 students in third through eighth grade had at least one part of the computerized test interrupted when server troubles from contractor CTB/McGraw-Hill kicked them offline. That's about 16 percent of those tested.

Some Michiana school corporations show results lower than the statewide average.

The South Bend Community School Corporation results indicate that 67.4 percent of students passed the English/Language Arts portion, 72.1 percent passed the Math portion, and 59.4 percent passed both.

Superintendent Carole Schmidt said they are not where they want to be but she believes they are moving in the right direction.

"We have really done some intentional work at the intermediate level by implementing an additional reading program that has a variety of interventions for kids who are struggling readers," Schmidt said.

Schmidt said the school corporation is also focusing on collaboration between principals to share effective strategies.

Over in Elkhart, 69.6 percent of students passed the English/Language Arts portion, 74.7 passed math and 63.4 percent passed both sections.

You can review the results for all the Indiana school corporations by clicking on the Big Red Bar.

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