Fewer than half of Indiana students meet new exam standards

Fewer than half of IN students meet new exam standards

INDIANAPOLIS (WFIE/AP) - Fewer than half of Indiana students met expected achievement levels on the state’s new standardized test. Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation students’ results were worse than the state.

Statewide ILEARN exam results released Wednesday show that 47.9% of students in grades 3-8 met proficiency levels for language arts and 47.8% for math. Those are both down more than 10 percentage points from last year's passing rates for the previous ISTEP exam.

At EVSC, their students scored 45.2% in English Language Arts (ELA), 44.4% in Math, 40.7% in Science, and 40% in Social Studies.

“... I think as most schools and corporations across the state felt, sort of looked at those scores and thought ‘huh, those looked a little different than the previous year,'" says Catherine Minihan, Deputy Superintendent for School Accountability at EVSC. "

Minihan says their drops weren’t as significant as other state schools. She says they saw a closing of the gap between EVSC’s performance compared to the rest of the state.

But Minihan says the two tests are very different. Thats because of how the test is administered and the fact there were different skills that weren’t graded before.

“Listening standards, for example, were never assessed on iStep. That was a first on iLearn. So, looking to see was that something where our students were prepared as well as they needed to be for those sorts of standards,” says Minihan.

Even before the ILEARN results were released to the public, Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb called for a one-year delay in using those scores toward teacher evaluations or the A-F ratings for schools.

State schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says ILEARN uses tougher standards of whether students are making sufficient progress.

Minihan says she thinks EVSC would be in favor of holding harm against teachers. She says it would be the 2nd time in 4 years they would do this.

[You can check how your child’s school did here.]

We’ll have more about the ILEARN results tonight on 14 News.

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