Fewer than half of Indiana students meet new exam standards

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INDIANAPOLIS – ILEARN results have been released to the public, and unsurprisingly, the scores aren’t good.

Fewer than half of Indiana students reached proficiency levels on the state’s new Learning Evaluation and Readiness Network tests.

Just 47.9% of students in grades 3-8 reached proficiency levels in language arts, while only 47.8% were proficient in math.

Mandated during the 2017 legislative session, ILEARN was created to serve as a replacement for ISTEP+.

ILEARN assesses college and career readiness content standards in English/language arts and mathematics in grades 3-8, science in grades 4 and 6, high school biology, social studies in grade 5, and U.S. Government in high school. 

State Superintendent Dr. Jennifer McCormick said the scores are not an accurate depiction of the school performance across the state, and she is asking for legislative change in how the scores are used for rating schools and teachers.

“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 Dr. 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.”

During its September meeting Wednesday, the Indiana State Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to affirm that there will be no action to place school letter grades until the General Assembly explores how to ease the transition to ILEARN. This resolution is in response to recent public statements from state leaders.

“In line with Gov. Holcomb’s call to hold harmless, the Board will not place school letter grades until the General Assembly takes the appropriate action to ensure this year’s ILEARN scores do not have an adverse impact on schools and teachers,” said B.J. Watts, board chair. “Once action has been taken, the Board will hold a special meeting to assign those grades.”

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

Continue checking back with WTWO/WAWV for more information on this story as we talk to local school officials about these results.

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