[r74] Rep. Ellspermann applauds Ferdinand Elementary for highest ISTEP+ scores in state for second year (7/16/2012 - 7/17/2012)

Monday, July 16, 2012

Start Date: 7/16/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/17/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM

STATEHOUSE—The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) released the results for the spring 2012 ISTEP+ tests in third through eighth grades this week. Rep. Sue Ellspermann (R-Ferdinand) congratulates Ferdinand Elementary School for receiving the highest score in the state.

Ninety-nine percent of Ferdinand Elementary students passed the English Language Arts and Math sections of ISTEP+. This is the second year in a row that the school has been at the top of the list.

“Congratulations to the students, parents, teachers and administration at Ferdinand Elementary for this excellent accomplishment,” said Rep. Ellspermann. “It’s truly a great feat, and is a great example of how hard work and diligence can set us on the path to reaching our goals.”

According to the IDOE, the goal of the ISTEP+ is to measure how well students perform and comprehend the skills and content outlined in Indiana’s Academic Standards. The testing 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

From the spring 2012 results, 71 percent of students passed both the English/language arts and mathematics portions of the exam. The assessment resulted in statewide pass rates of 79 percent in English/language arts; 81 percent in mathematics; 71 percent in science; and 69 percent in social studies. All of the percentages were increases from the previous year.

“For Ferdinand Elementary to reach such high standards of excellence two years in a row, they should be very pleased and deserved to be recognized. I applaud their efforts and I know they will continue to work to provide the best education possible to their students,” said Rep. Ellspermann.

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