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ISTEP: 2 local districts see gains, 2 drop slightly

After months of delays, local school districts on Wednesday received statewide and school-level ISTEP+ scores.

Local districts saw mixed success in their district scores for both sections of the test, with Northwest Allen County Schools and East Allen County Schools scores improving slightly and Fort Wayne Community Schools and Southwest Allen County Schools seeing a slight dip in scores.

The Indiana Department of Education released the scores Wednesday.

The data, which is usually released during the summer, was held after a report found that about 80,000 students in third through eighth grade had at least one part of the computerized test interrupted last spring.

The interruptions were caused by server issues from state contractor CTB/McGraw-Hill.

The data shows score improvements throughout the state, with 73.5 percent of Hoosier students passing both the English/Language Arts and math sections of the test.

According to state data, 79.5 percent of students passed the English/Language Arts section of the test, up from 79.4 percent in 2012.

A total of 82.7 percent of students passed math, up from 81.2 percent in 2012.

“First, I want to acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of Indiana students, parents, educators, administrators and the employees of the Department of Education for their efforts during the administration of this test,” said Superintendent Glenda Ritz. “Despite considerable difficulties, our students improved their overall performance yet again, and deserve our congratulations.”

The 2013 numbers released today are preliminary and will be finalized after students and parents have the opportunity to request re-scores of the Applied Skills portion of the test.

Science content on the 2013 ISTEP+ was based on new science standards adopted in 2010. The release of Science scores is anticipated in late October, according to the Department of Education.

Local districts

  • NACS saw an increase of 2.1 percent from last year for a total passing rate of 85.2 percent for both sections of the test.
  • FWCS remained relatively level, with a decrease of 0.3 percent from last year, bringing the total passing rate to 66.6 percent.
  • EACS scores improved by 1 percent from the previous year.
  • SACS dropped 0.1 percent from 2012.
School and corporation level data can be found here