Carmel Clay Schools exceeds ILEARN average


Carmel Clay Schools students scored well above the state average on ILEARN testing in the spring. The Indiana Dept. of Education released the ILEARN results Sept. 4.

Out of 495,895 students tested statewide in grades three through eight, only 37.1 percent had a proficiency in the English/language arts and math portions of the test. Of the 7,412 CCS students tested, more than 66.7 percent were proficient in the English/language arts and math tests.

CCS officials declined to comment on the ILEARN results.

ILEARN was created as a replacement for ISTEP and was mandated during the 2017 legislative session. The test was designed to assess the same academic standards as ISTEP but with a new focus on college and career readiness.

When compared to past ISTEP scores, statewide ILEARN results indicated lower achievement levels across the state in English/language arts and mathematics.

Because the results can have a negative impact on educators, schools and districts, the Indiana Dept. of Education released a statement pledging to advocate for responsive legislative action.

“While the 2019 ILEARN results do not provide a true reflection of the performance of Indiana’s schools, they do once again show us the importance of developing a modernized state legislated accountability system that is fair, accurate, and transparent,” IDOE Supt. Jennifer McCormick stated. “With this in mind, the department will propose the following legislative actions: place a ‘hold harmless’ year on 2018-2019 letter grades, pause intervention timelines for all schools and provide the State Board of Education with emergency rulemaking authority to review and reestablish the state accountability system. The success and wellbeing of our students, educators and schools are dependent upon these actions.”

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