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Mixed ISTEP Results for Plymouth Schools

July 14, 2011

07/15/11 Since the latest round of ISTEP (Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Purposes) scores were made available to the public this week, area school administrators are getting a glimpse of what it is like to take home a report card. The Indiana Department of Education (DOE) had proposed using an “ABCDF” rating for the state’s public schools, but so far they haven’t been able to implement it.

However, now that the switch to having students take the tests in the spring rather than in the fall is in the second year, comparisons can now be made again.

Scores can be viewed for every school in Indiana on the DOE website.

ISTEP is an annual testing designed by the DOE to determine the mastery of basic language, reading, writing and mathematics skills. All students in grades 3 through 8 take the tests each spring with language and math covered in each test. Grades 5 and 7 have science included in the test questions as well.

The Plymouth School Corporation as a whole made an overall gain of 1.9 percent if the English /Language Arts and Math scores are combined. The score is based on the number of students who passed. Plymouth was able to raise from a 76.2 pass rate in 2010 to 78.1 percent in 2011.

Individual school scores varied. The Lincoln Junior High percentage in Math fell slightly from 85.5 percent to 83.5 percent. The score does reflect the invalidation of 120 test scores after it was discovered that students were inadvertently given a review sheet for study purposes that contained several questions that appeared on the actual test.

This school year every student at LJH was given a personal computer to use in classes and as a take home aide for homework. With only one year of individual computer use, it is difficult to determine the effect upon the testing scores.

Riverside Intermediate saw increases in English/Language Arts and Math as well as the combined overall score. They increased from 73.1 percent in 2010 to 80.5 percent in 2011.

Jefferson Elementary decreased significantly in Math, English/Language Arts as well as overall scores. They averaged an 8 percent decrease overall, dropping from 80.5 percent in 2010 to 71.3 percent in 2011.

Menominee Elementary stayed basically the same from 2010 to 2011 with no significant changes, increases or decreases. Washington Elementary increased in math from 2010 to 2011 and saw a decrease in English/Language Arts. Their overall score decreased slightly.

Webster Elementary scored extremely well for the second year in a row. All of their scores were above 90 percent passing with very slight increases or decreases.

During the Plymouth School Board meeting on July 12, Plymouth Superintendent Dan Tyree indicated that they will be reviewing the scores on an individual school basis.

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