TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Spring 2018 ISTEP+ results were released Wednesday afternoon by the Indiana Department of Education.
Overall, performance remained stable across content areas in grades three through eight, with slight increases in grade eight English/language arts and grade three math.
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick says ISTEP is one of the many tools the Hoosier state uses to measure student achievement.
She said this year's results indicate the state is moving in the right direction.
The state is transitioning away from ISTEP+ to a new assessment called ILEARN. ILEARN will be used to test students in grades three through eight. educators say the test will be done on a computer.
Vigo County Curriculum Coordinator John Newport explains ISTEP shows one benchmark where students pass or fail. This new test could better show what a student really knows.
Newport says, "With ILEARN, they'll be kind of a low benchmark and a high bench mark where, as students answer their questions, they'll go kind of up and down between those two highs and lows to give a better snapshot of the standards. Instead of just having a one level line of where they are, they'll be a range of where they fall within a standard."
ISTEP+ will still be used to test students in tenth grade through 2022 as schools transition to Graduation Pathways.