[r63] Otwell and Ireland Elementary Schools receive high scores on ISTEP

Posted by: Zach Weismiller  | Wednesday, July 13, 2011

STATEHOUSE-The Indiana Department of Education released the results for the spring 2011 ISTEP+ tests in third through eighth grades today. Two schools in State Rep. Mark Messmer's (R-Jasper) district were recognized for their exceptionally high scores. Ireland Elementary School received a 92.3 percent and Otwell Elementary School received a 90.9 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

"I'm pleased that these two outstanding schools were recognized for their achievement," said Rep. Messmer. "The administration, faculty, staff and students should all be very proud of this accomplishment two years in a row."

Otwell and Ireland Elementary Schools both received scores above 90 percent in 2010, as well.

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.

"Otwell and Ireland Elementary Schools are both excellent examples of what a great education allows students achieve. Congratulations to both schools for their high scores," said Rep. Messmer.