Only half of Indiana’s elementary and middle school students passed both English and math state ISTEP exams in 2018, results that have stubbornly held firm for four years.

And only one-third of high school students passed both exams, which were overhauled in 2015 to reflect tougher state standards. That year, scores dropped precipitously. But scores never rebounded as some anticipated.

In 2018, 50.7 percent of students in grades three to eight passed both tests, similar to 51.4 percent passing last year. On high school exams, 33.7 percent of students passed both tests this year, similar to 34.3 percent in 2017.

Students generally score much higher in English than in math, and that was the case this year with ISTEP scores. A little less than two-thirds of Indiana elementary and middle school students met state English standards, with 58.3 percent passing math. Those scores are barely a percentage point different from last year.

More high-schoolers also passed English than math, though the number dropped slightly to 58.9 percent from 60.5 percent in 2017. In math, there was a similar slight decline to 36.2 percent of students passing from 36.8 percent.

Overall, more schools had passing rates drop than rise.

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