Low ILEARN scores are drawing concerns from state officials. The Indiana Department of Education says that across the state, the 2019 ILEARN showed a drop in achievement levels, compared to the old ISTEP test.
When it comes to Starke and Pulaski county school corporations, Eastern Pulaski scored highest in English/Language Arts and Math, with almost 36 percent of students tested found to be proficient in both areas. North Judson-San Pierre and Oregon-Davis were lowest, with less than a quarter of students meeting proficiency standards in those two areas.
Eastern Pulaski students also did relatively well on the Science portion of the test, with almost 54 percent proficient. The Knox Community School Corporation saw the lowest proficiency rate locally on the Science portion, at just under 34 percent. However, Knox scored highest locally in Social Studies, with more than 46 percent of students meeting proficiency standards. West Central was lowest, with under 28 percent proficiency.
Before the test results were even publicly released Wednesday, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick and Governor Eric Holcomb called on state legislators to hold schools harmless for this round of test scores. McCormick also wants lawmakers to “provide the State Board of Education with emergency rulemaking authority to review and reestablish the state accountability system.”
During its meeting Wednesday, the State Board of Education passed a resolution saying that it won’t issue school letter grades for the 2018-2019 school year, until the General Assembly takes action to hold schools and teachers harmless.
You can find complete ILEARN results on the Indiana Department of Education’s website.