iLEARN

State Unveils ISTEP+ Results For 10th Graders

Sep 19, 2019

Indiana’s 10th graders passed their final state assessment at about the same rate as last year, according to ISTEP scores the state made available this week.

Results for the state’s new ILEARN test are now public, and reveal just how much lower achievement rates on the test look compared to previous iterations of the state’s standardized exam. According to state data, less than half of all students reached proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, with proficiency rates of 47.9 and 47.8 percent respectively. 

Educators are pressing for an overhaul of the state’s school accountability system after a reported drop in student achievement on the state’s new ILEARN exam – including the state’s top education official.

Policymakers say they want to hold schools harmless for major drops in student achievement on the state’s new ILEARN test, after mounting pressure from school leaders and parents.

The State Board of Education approved the scores students need in order to reach proficiency on Indiana’s new standardized test at a meeting Thursday.

Students start taking Indiana’s new standardized test this month, and officials say the exam should provide better data to teachers and schools about student performance. ILEARN is the new replacement for the ISTEP, and elementary, middle and some high school students will start taking ILEARN as early as next week.

It’s “computer adaptive,” meaning the test adjusts the questions it asks students based on their previous answers.

Spokesman for the State Department of Education Adam Baker says overall, ILEARN will provide better data for teachers and schools, sooner.

Sen. Erin Houchin on the Senate floor. (Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
Jeanie Lindsay

Some parents of students with disabilities are raising concerns about testing accommodations as the state rolls out its new standardized exam.

Officials have finally released results for the state’s standardized test, the ISTEP, after grading issues postponed their publication last month.

Spring 2018 ISTEP Results Delayed Due To Grading Issues

Aug 30, 2018

The Indiana Department of Education says results for the state’s standardized test, the ISTEP, are delayed due to issues the exam’s vendor reported as it finalized the data.

State Releases New ILEARN Sample Questions

May 21, 2018

The State Department of Education (IDOE) has released sample questions for Indiana’s new standardized test that rolls out next year.

Elementary and middle school students will first take the state’s new ILEARN assessment in Spring 2019, and the sample item release offers a first look at the new exam created with test-writer group American Institutes for Research.

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