Schools meet goal in preliminary ISTEP scores

By CLAIRE MOORMAN
Herald Staff Writer

Nine local schools surpassed the state goal of a 90 percent pass rate on the most recent Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress exam, according to scores released today by the Indiana Department of Education.

More than 90 percent of the students at Cedar Crest Intermediate School and Celestine, Chrisney, Ferdinand, Lincoln Trail, Otwell, Pine Ridge, Holy Family and Precious Blood elementary schools passed both the English and math sections of the test, despite glitches to the new online program run by CTB McGraw Hill which extended the spring 2013 testing period and forced some students out of their exams.

A state-commissioned study found that about 80,000 students in third through eighth grade had at least one part of the computerized test interrupted last spring. ISTEP scores are typically released in July.

Richard Hill, co-founder of the New Hampshire-based National Center for the Improvement of Education Assessment, which conducted the score review, is requesting nearly 1,400 tests be thrown out to prevent tainting other test scores.

Statewide, data shows that scores increased, with nearly 80 percent of Hoosier kids passing the English section, up from 79 percent in 2012, and 83 percent passing math, up from 81 percent in 2012. Seventy-three percent passed both sections. The released numbers are preliminary and will be finalized after students and parents have the opportunity to request rescores of the applied skills portion of the test.

Eight local schools improved their scores from 2012, with Pine Ridge Elementary and Heritage Hills Middle School both achieving pass rate increases of 6 percent, the highest in the area.

All students at Celestine and Pine Ridge passed the English section, and 100 percent of Otwell students passed the math section.

Results for specific learning categories, including English as a New Language students and students with special needs, will be released within the next few days and scores from the science portion of the test are expected to be known in late October.

Contact Claire Moorman at cmoorman@dcherald.com.




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