By Noah Alatza
Hamilton Southeastern Schools saw continued gains in student performance based on recent ISTEP results released by the Indiana Dept. of Education. The state’s annual school accountability A-F grade for schools will be released in November.
District spokeswoman Emily Pace Abbots said HSE continues to be a high-performing district in regard to student achievement and growth.
“We again realized gains in both English/language arts and math on this year’s ISTEP in most grade levels and subject areas,” Abbots said. “Our students in grades 3 through 8 also continue to significantly exceed state averages in both of these subject areas. While we are proud of the overall performance, we continue to strive for improvement each year.”
Seventy-four percent of all students in grades 3 through 8 passed the English Language Arts (ELA) and math exams, the second-highest rate in Hamilton County. Carmel Clay Schools received the highest scores.
Many school leaders said ISTEP scores and letter grades did not show an accurate picture when last year’s results were released. However, a new ILEARN test is being developed and is expected to be implemented and replace the current test sometime next year.
“We look forward to learning more about ILEARN as the state releases new information,” Abbotts said.
For 10th-grade assessment scores, approximately 56 percent of students passed the ELA and math exams.
“We are pleased to hear that less time will be spent on testing, allowing our teachers to focus on giving our students content, critical thinking, problem-solving and persistence they need to succeed in school and life,” Abbotts said.