[r40] Rep. Steuerwald applauds local schools' ISTEP+ successes (7/13/2011)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Start Date: 7/13/2011 All Day
End Date: 7/13/2011
STATEHOUSE-The Indiana Department of Education released the results for the spring 2011 ISTEP+ tests in third through eighth grades today. Of the 75 schools that scored over 90 percent, three schools are located in Rep. Greg Steuerwald's (R-Avon) district.

"The students at these elementary schools did a great job," said Rep. Steuerwald. "They are setting an example of scholastic accomplishment for every school to strive for."

The following three schools had at least 90 percent of students pass the English/language arts and mathematics portions:
  • River Birch Elementary School (Avon Community School Corporation) - 91.5 percent
  • Van Buren Elementary School (Plainfield Community School Corporation) - 90.9 percent
  • Sycamore Elementary School (Avon Community School Corporation) - 90.1 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

According to 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 showed 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.

"The parents, teachers and administration of these schools should also be commended," Rep. Steuerwald said. "They are doing a fantastic job of preparing their students for success with an exceptional education."