As you may be aware, the Indiana Department of Education has released the ISTEP results from last spring’s ISTEP Test. The Journal and Courier has reported on this test frequently over the past six months and most recently here: Brace for Lower ISTEP Scores.
I have looked over our results and am happy to report that we had many good scores, but we also had some that were a bit unusual. While some of this may be associated with the level of difficulty and format of the new test, we believe other factors are also playing a role.
Here is what we know:
- Different students completed different forms of the state test. Our data reveals that some forms were more difficult than others. The state acknowledges this and will be adjusting your son/daughter’s score accordingly based on the form of the test they completed.
- Second, ISTEP is graded by a combination of educators and non-educators. Although the process is supervised, it is not uncommon for us to find errors with the scoring on the open-ended response items.
In light of this, I would encourage all parents to log on to see your child’s scores and consider requesting a rescore to the open-ended questions. Requesting a rescore is especially important if you feel your child’s score was impacted or is within 20 points of a Pass or Pass+. Only parents can request a rescore. Please go here to view the ISTEP cut score (Pass and Pass+): Pass or Pass+ cut scores
YOU ONLY HAVE UNTIL THIS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH, TO REQUEST A RESCORE!
The window to request this rescore closes this Friday at midnight.
- Do you have your login information for the Indiana Parent Network?
- If you misplaced the document that we sent home with your child, you can call the IDOE at 1-800-481-4769 or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and request help. You can also use the “Forgot Username” or “Forgot Password” buttons on the website (indiana.ctb.com).
- Go here for instructions on requesting a rescore: Instructions on Requesting a Rescore
All of our teachers use the Indiana College and Career Readiness Standards (www.doe.in.gov/standards) as our guidelines in addition to our local curriculum that includes fine arts, physical education, technology, and most importantly our Religion curriculum.
At LCSS, our focus is on our Mission to educate the whole child, and we remain committed to ensuring that every aspect of our efforts gets the attention it deserves. I thank you for your support and partnership in your child’s physical, academic, social, and spiritual growth. Feel free to contact me with any questions.