ISTEP+ Scores Vary Slightly

Crothersville and Brownstown continued to lead county schools in academic success for the second straight year according to statistics gleaned from this Spring’s ISTEP+ (Indiana Statewide Testing for Education Progress Plus) testing of students which was released last week by the Indiana Department of Education.

Three of the four Jackson County school systems showed slight declines in the percentage of students passing both the math and language sections of the test as compared with last year’s scores.

Crothersville Community Schools fell just slightly, going from a 70.8 percent pass rate in 2011 to 69.1 percent this year.

Brownstown Central Community Schools had a 73.2 pass rate while scoring 73.6% in 2011

Seymour Community Schools dropped around a percent from 66.3% to 65.2%.

Medora suffered the biggest loss, going from a 64.1 percent pass rate in 2011 to a 53.8 in 2012.

The state average for passing both math and language in 2012 is 71 percent.

The percentage of statewide students passing the math portion in the state reached 81 per cent, a 2 percent increase over last year.

Hoosier students recorded a pass rate of 79 percent on the English/language arts portion, a 71 per cent on the science section and a 69 on the social studies segment.

Crothersville and Seymour saw some success on the math portion, increasing their scores slightly.

Two other area schools also showed declines in passing percentage from last year to this.

Jennings County Schools went from 70.2 percent passing in 2011 to 69.7.

Scott County School District 1 (Austin) went from 68.4% in 2011 to 62.5% in 2012.

Students at Scott County School District 2 (Scottsburg) showed a narrow increase going from 64.9% in 2011 to 65.7 percent this year.