IDOE releases 2016 ISTEP results; statewide scores remain low

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INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI/AP) — The Indiana Department of Education released its 2016 ISTEP results Thursday.

Statewide, more than 66 percent of students in grades three through eight passed the English and language arts portion of the test. Nearly 60 percent passed the math section and 51.6 percent passed both sections.

This was the first year students in grade 10 took the ISTEP.

Fifty-nine percent of students in grade 10 passed the English and language arts section, 34.6 percent passed the math section and 32.2 percent passed both.

In comparison to last year’s test, the total number of students to pass the English and language arts section in grades three through eight dropped by about 1.2 percent. Total students to pass the math section fell by about 1 percent. The number of students to pass both sections fell by nearly 2 percent.

On a local level, 60.4 percent of students in grades three through eight within the Lafayette School Corporation passed the English and language arts section, 56.8 percent passed the math section and 48.4 percent passed both.

For the Tippecanoe School Corporation, 69.8 percent of students in grades three through eight passed the English and language arts section, 64 percent passed math and 56.2 percent passed both.

Eighty-four percent of students in grades three through eight within the West Lafayette Community School Corporation passed the English and language arts portion of the test, 83 percent passed math and 78.5 percent passed both sections.

The ISTEP test is taken by more than 400,000 students every year.

Legislators have yet to decide what will replace the ISTEP test next year.

Some local school leaders want state officials to again protect schools from lower A-F ratings because of poor student scores under the second year of new state standards.

State legislators last January approved a bill preventing schools from being assigned a lower A-F grade after student scores plunged on the 2015 ISTEP plunged with the revised standards.

State schools Superintendent Glenda Ritz says Indiana doesn’t have that flexibility under federal regulations this year.