ISTEP

State board issues school grades

Oct 4, 2017
IDOE

Grades for schools in southwestern Indiana vary from A to F. WNIN’s John Gibson took a look at the data.

The State Board of Education gave the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation a “C” for the 2016-2017 school year, based on ISTEP scores.

Five individual public schools received A’s:  Oak Hill, Scott, and Stockwell elementary schools, and both Central and North high schools.

Results from the 2017 ISTEP exam remain nearly unchanged compared to last year after an overhaul of the standardized test caused pass rates to plummet two years ago.

Only about half of Hoosier students in grades three through eight passed both parts of the required math and English assessment. The state Department of Education released results today.

For the Spring 2017 test, 51.5 percent of students passed both parts. That’s a fraction of a percent less from the previous year.

ISTEP scores from Spring 2017 are scheduled to be released Wednesday. The standardized exam is used to calculate a school’s state A-to-F accountability grade.

State officials say test results also be used to help schools better gauge students’ academic growth and how well they understand a subject.

Average statewide scores of the standardized test dropped dramatically in 2015 after a new type of test was given to students grades three to eight and grade 10.

What Education Laws Go Into Effect July 1?

Jun 29, 2017

The majority of bills Gov. Eric Holcomb signed after this past legislative session take effect Saturday. Here’s a quick recap of which education laws will soon be official.

Pre-K Pilot Expansion

ISTEP Replacement Bill Clears House

Feb 20, 2017

The Indiana House passed legislation Monday to replace the ISTEP exam starting in the 2018-19 school year.

House Bill 1003 was approved in a 67-31 vote. It offers the basic framework for a new exam called I-LEARN. That stands for Indiana’s Learning Evaluation Assessment Readiness Network.

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