[r20] Rep. Dermody congratulates community schools that received high scores on ISTEP (7/14/2011)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Start Date: 7/14/2011 All Day
End Date: 7/14/2011

STATEHOUSE-The Indiana Department of Education released the results for the spring 2011 ISTEP+ tests for third through eighth grades. Two schools in State Rep. Tom Dermody's (R-LaPorte) district were recognized for their exceptionally high scores.

The two schools are both located in East Porter County School Corporation and include:

·         Kouts Elementary School that received a 92.1 percent

·         Washington Township Elementary School that received a 93.7 percent

The spring 2011 ISTEP+ test is based on Indiana's Academic Standards and includes the following grade levels and content areas:

·         English/language arts in grades 3-8

·         Mathematics in grades 3-8

·          Science in grades 4 and 6

·          Social studies in grades 5 and 7

"To have multiple schools in one school district achieve such outstanding scores is a huge accomplishment," said Rep. Dermody. "Congratulations to the administration, faculty, staff and students who worked so hard for this achievement."

According to a release from the Indiana Department of Education, 70.2 percent of students passed both the English/Language Arts and Mathematics portions of the exam. In individual subjects, the assessment resulted in statewide pass rates of 78 percent in English/Language Arts, 79 percent in Mathematics, 69 percent in Science and 67 percent in Social Studies. In total, 963 Indiana schools saw improvement on their test scores.

The Applied Skills Assessment portion, consisting of an essay and open-ended questions, of the ISTEP+ was administered between February 28, 2011 and March 9, 2011. The Multiple-Choice Assessment was administered between April 25, 2011 and May 4, 2011.

"These schools have set an excellent example and I hope that many more in Indiana will be recognized for similar success in the years to come," said Rep. Dermody.