New Indiana student exam's statewide results set for release

Indiana education officials are set to release statewide results for the state's new standardized test, which state leaders have already warned are lower than the previous ISTEP exam.

Posted: Sep 4, 2019 12:07 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WLFI) — Indiana education officials are set to release statewide results for the state's new standardized test, which state leaders have already warned are lower than the previous ISTEP exam.

The state Department of Education is issuing the ILEARN scores Wednesday. Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb and top GOP legislative leaders looked to get ahead of news about the lower scores by calling last week for a one-year delay in using the English and math results for a teacher or school ratings.

About 500,000 students in grades 3-8 took the new test last spring after the Republican-dominated Legislature in 2017 ordered it as a replacement for the much-maligned ISTEP exams. The state’s new assessment went through several significant shifts, including:

  • The development of content priorities defined with the assistance of Indiana educators,
  • Computer-adaptive functionality,
  • Integration of new accessibility features such as translated glossaries, and a Spanish translation option, and
  • Reporting aligned to rigorous CCR indicators as early as grade 3.

State schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick says the two exams aren't comparable, with the ILEARN test having more rigorous standards to assess students' progress.

“While the 2019 ILEARN results do not provide a true reflection of the performance of Indiana’s schools, they do once again show us the importance of developing a modernized state legislated accountability system that is fair, accurate, and transparent,” said McCormick. “With this in mind, the Department will propose the following legislative actions: place a ‘hold harmless’ year on 2018-2019 letter grades, pause intervention timelines for all schools, and provide the State Board of Education with emergency rulemaking authority to review and reestablish the state accountability system. The success and wellbeing of our students, educators, and schools are dependent upon these actions.”

To view the Spring 2019 ILEARN results, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/accountability/find-school-and-corporation-data-reports. To learn more about ILEARN, as well as available resources for families and educators, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/assessment/ilearn.

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