Carmel Clay Schools tops state in ISTEP+ scores


By Desiree Williams

Carmel Clay Schools led the passing percentage for grades 3 to 8 in the 2017 ISTEP+ scores released by the Indiana Dept. of Education Sept. 6. Overall, scores in the state remained stable for those grades while 10th grade scores slightly increased from last year.

The state average for passing in grades 3 to 8 was 51.5 percent, which CCS beat with 80.7 percent. That is a minor improvement from last year’s 79.8 percent. However, grade 10 passing percentage decreased this year to 68.3 percent from 71 percent in 2016.

Amy Dudley, CCS assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and assessment, said CCS is proud of the students’ achievement, but ISTEP is only one evaluation tool.

“ISTEP is just one indicator,” Dudley said. “We use multiple measures in our assessment approach that include formative assessments, interim assessment and summative assessments.”

Dudley said CCS uses the MAP Growth assessment through the Northwest Evaluation Association to measure student growth.