This week the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released the results for the spring 2011 ISTEP+ tests for third through eighth grades. Two schools in District 74 were recognized for their exceptionally high scores. Ferdinand Elementary School in the Southeast Dubois County School Corporation received a 97.6 percent and Lincoln Trail Elementary School in North Spencer County School Corporation received a 91.3 percent. The spring 2011 ISTEP+ test is based on Indiana's Academic Standards and includes English/Language Arts and Mathematics in grades third through eighth, Science in fourth and sixth grades, and Social Studies in fifth and seventh grades.
Statewide 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.
I am pleased that Ferdinand Elementary and Lincoln Trail Elementary are being recognized for their outstanding achievement. We should applaud the students, teachers, parents and administrators. They should all be very proud of their hard work leading to exceptional learning.
Education is a cornerstone for success in today's society and workplace. It must be our goal to ensure that every child has not only the content skills tested by ISTEP, but the problem solving, critical thinking, team skills and creativity they will need to thrive in an ever changing, more complex world. For those interested, I encourage you to read The Global Education Gap by Tony Wagner, an experienced teacher and principal who returned to Harvard and has since researched the needs of employers, expectations of universities, and best learning models for delivering these new skills.
Thank you to all who play a role in the education of our children. We know the road gets more challenging for you every day. You have our respect and gratitude for the hard work and care you give to our children, the future of our families, communities and country.
Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand)