UPDATED: How Did Black Students Do On This Year’s ISTEP Tests? Find Out Here! Good News and Bad News

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UPDATED WITH LINK TO STATE ISTEP DATABASE & REACTION OF STATE SUPT. DR. TONY BENNETT: African-American public school students in Indianapolis/Marion County continue to improve their performance in the annual ISTEP tests conducted for third through eighth graders in Indiana’s schools. The annual analysis of 2012 ISTEP data by Praise Indy.com and The Indianapolis Recorder reveals that 60.7% of African-American students passed their grade’s benchmark ISTEP English/Language Arts (ELA) exams while 62.0% of African-American students passed their grade’s ISTEP Math benchmarks. That’s just a fraction behind the Black Statewide ISTEP passing percentage of 61.0% of ELA; but ahead of the passing percentage of 60.0% for Math

In 2011, 58.3% of Black students in the city/county’s public schools passed ISTEP ELA and Math respectively. PraiseIndy.com and The Recorder analyzed Black ISTEP performance for every school corporation and charter school that had in both Indianapolis/Marion County and in the nine county suburban area. Criteria was corporations and charters that had at least fifty Black third through eighth graders taking the ISTEP tests mach in March.

Among the major findings: Black students in the Indianapolis Public Schools reported marginal progress in their ISTEP tests with 52.8% passing ELA and 55.1% passing Math. That’s substantially behind the statewide passing total for Blacks. But IPS’s Black ISTEP results are substantially ahead of 2011 when 50.8% passed ELA and 49.6% passed math.

Of the districts and charters analyzed, IPS was had the fifth lowest Black ISTEP passing in ELA and the seventh lowest in Math. Black students in Indianapolis’ charter schools fared better as 64.3% passed ELA and 63.4% passed math. Suburban districts and Indianapolis charter schools again led the list where African-American students excelled best in the 2012 ISTEP.

Another positive story of Black achievement in the 2012 ISTEP tests occurred at the Flanner House Charter School. In May, Flanner House was blasted by local media because their third graders had the lowest IRead test scores in the state. But those same third graders knocked it out of the park in ISTEP with 89.3% passing English/Language Arts, one of top results in Indiana. Overall Flanner House’s ISTEP results ranked them 16th best among Black students in ELA and 11th among Blacks in passing Math.

In the English/Language Arts tests, Blacks in Carmel/Clay schools scored highest with 88.9% passing; followed by Charles Tindley Charter (85.1%), Brownsburg schools (82.5%), Challenge Foundation Academy Charter (79.1%), Christel House Academy (77.4%), Indianapolis Math & Science West (76.1%), Indiana Math & Science North (75.6%), Andrew J. Brown Academy (74.6%), Westfield Washington (74.3% and Hamilton Southeastern (74.1%). In the Math tests, Blacks in Charles Tindley scored the highest passing scores at  90.7%, followed by Carmel Clay (85.6%); Christel House (85.5%), Brownsburg (82.9%); Speedway (80.8%), Avon (79.9%), Mt. Vernon Community (79.5%), KIPP (79.4%), Hamilton Southeastern (78.1%) and Challenge Academy (78.1%).

The Indianapolis Project School, a five year old Mayor sponsored charter school had the lowest Black passing percentage in the 2012 ISTEP of any Indianapolis area school district or charter. Only 32.6% of Black students at The Indianapolis Project School passed ISTEP ELA and just 25.0% passed Math. The schools poor ISTEP performance among Blacks has been going on for three straight years. Deputy Mayor for Education Jason Kloth refused to comment on The Indianapolis Project School’s poor ISTEP performance among African-Americans saying, “ISTEP is an important measure of student academic performance. However, it cannot be the only measure by which we as a community hold schools accountable. To determine how well Mayor-sponsored charter schools are performing academically, our office will consider proficiency on ISTEP+ in addition to other measures such as individual student growth, (and) the state’s A-F model”.

Several other charters are slightly above The Indianapolis Project School at the bottom for poorest Black ISTEP performance. In ELA, Imagine East (42.6%) and Imagine West (45.7%) continued their years of substandard performance by their Black students. Along with the new Hoosier Virtual Academy, the online charter school (51.5%). In Math, Hoosier Virtual Academy ranks near the bottom (38.5%) along with Andrew Academy (43.1%), the former St. Andrews/St. Rita School and the two Imagine Schools (East 43.1%/West 47.5%).

Our analysis also discovered strong disparities of Black academic performance on ISTEP between the township and IPS schools. In English/Language Arts at only one township school, Valley Mills Elementary in Decatur Township did Blacks scores lower than 40% passing (38.9%). In all other township schools more than half of Blacks in grades three through eight passed ISTEP ELA. Math was a tougher subject for Blacks as at six township schools, two each in Decatur, Lawrence and Perry townships, between 40% and 50% of Blacks passed. All other township schools had a majority or more of Blacks passing ISTEP Math.

In ELA, IPS had the schools with the lowest percentage of Blacks passing ISTEP ELA. Lowest was School 31 (24.4%), then Howe (25.0%), Arlington (26.7%), Emma Donnan (27.8%), Washington (28.4%) and Northwest (28.8%). In Math, The Project School had the lowest percentage of Blacks passing (25.0%), followed by these IPS schools- School 57 (31.3%), School 69 (32.2%), Key Learning Center (33.3%), Northwest (34.4%) and School 31 (35.0%).

STATE ISTEP DATA. For Black Student Data Click on Corporation, School Results by Ethnicity

Click Arrow Below To hear Amos’ Interview About ISTEP Results & other Education Topics with St. Supt. Dr. Tony Bennett. Runs 39 Minutes ©2012 WTLC/Radio One.

2012 ISTEP PERFORMANCE OF BLACK STUDENTS

IN INDY AREA SCHOOLS/DISTRICTS

 

Ranked by Percentage Passing English/Language Arts

 

SCHOOL DISTRICT 2012 %ELA 2011 %ELA 2010 %ELA
CARMEL/CLAY

88.9

86.0

81.0

CHARLES TINDLEY CHARTER

85.1

83.0

71.4

BROWNSBURG

82.5

77.7

71.7

CHALLENGE ACADEMY CHARTER

79.1

74.6

64.7

CHRSTEL HOUSE ACADEMY CHARTER

77.4

70.0

78.8

INDY MATH & SCIENCE WEST CHARTER

76.9

67.5

68.5

INDY MATH & SCIENCE NORTH CHARTER

75.6

72.8

 N/A

ANDREW J. BROWN CHARTER

74.6

68.8

55.4

WESTFIELD WASHINGTON

74.3

74.7

73.2

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

74.1

76.4

76.9

AVON COMMUNITY

73.4

74.4

68.9

PLAINFIELD

73.2

79.1

74.3

CLARK PLEASANT

70.6

84.8

66.7

MT. VERNON COMMUNITY

70.1

69.3

69.0

SPEEDWAY

69.7

69.9

61.5

FLANNER HOUSE CHARTER

68.9

58.8

33.9

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP

67.0

64.0

57.8

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP

66.4

68.3

67.9

PIKE TOWNSHIP

66.1

63.4

63.9

NOBLESVILLE

66.1

69.3

67.8

PERRY TOWNSHIP

65.9

63.3

56.6

INDIANAPOLIS LIGHTHOUSE CHARTER

65.2

66.9

53.9

KIPP CHARTER

64.1

55.1

51.7

WARREN TOWNSHIP

63.9

61.7

63.0

BEECH GROVE

63.8

56.0

54.7

MONUMENT LIGHTHOUSE CHARTER

63.5

60.5

53.4

DECATUR TOWNSHIP

63.2

56.2

53.3

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP

62.5

59.1

54.9

WAYNE TOWNSHIP

62.0

59.0

57.5

PARAMOUNT SCHOOL EXCELLENCE CHARTER

61.8

45.2

 N/A

STATEWIDE

61.0

 59.2

57.2     

ANDREW ACADEMY CHARTER

59.8

67.1

N/A

FALL CREEK ACADEMY CHARTER

53.8

63.0

48.1

INDIANAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

52.8

50.8

49.3

HOOSIER ACADEMY VIRTUAL CHARTER

51.5

N/A

N/A

IMAGINE WEST CHARTER

45.7

50.6

45.2

IMAGINE EAST CHARTER

42.6

36.1

34.6

INDIANAPOLIS PROJECT SCHOOL CHARTER

32.6

43.4

38.1

2012 ISTEP PERFORMANCE OF BLACK STUDENTS

IN INDY AREA SCHOOLS/DISTRICTS

 

                        Ranked by Percentage Passing Math

     
SCHOOL DISTRICT  2012%MATH 2011%MATH

2010

%MATH

CHARLES TINDLEY CHARTER

90.7

84.8

82.2

CARMEL/CLAY

85.6

88.4

80.2

CHRSTEL HOUSE ACADEMY CHARTER

85.5

75.0

 71.2

BROWNSBURG

82.9

79.6

72.4

SPEEDWAY

80.8

76.1

65.6

AVON COMMUNITY

79.9

74.2

67.5

MT. VERNON COMMUNITY

79.5

74.6

69.0

KIPP CHARTER

79.4

67.8

50.6

HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN

78.1

75.8

76.9

CHALLENGE ACADEMY CHARTER

78.1

68.1

64.7

FLANNER HOUSE CHARTER

75.7

64.6

46.5

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP

74.5

67.8

59.8

INDPLS MATH & SCIENCE WEST CHARTER

72.4

69.7

65.7

PLAINFIELD

71.4

85.3

74.3

ANDREW J. BROWN CHARTER

70.9

64.0

 57.9

INDPLS MATH & SCIENCE NORTH CHARTER

70.0

64.0

N/A

CLARK PLEASANT

70.0

82.4

62.5

WARREN TOWNSHIP

69.3

67.6

64.8

WESTFIELD WASHINGTON

68.9

71.1

73.2

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP

68.6

71.5

68.2

NOBLESVILLE

68.5

66.4

71.1

PIKE TOWNSHIP

67.2

64.0

59.3

BEECH GROVE

66.7

67.4

60.0

MONUMENT LIGHTHOUSE CHARTER

64.6

54.9

55.5

PERRY TOWNSHIP

61.7

64.3

64.5

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP

61.5

55.4

53.9

WAYNE TOWNSHIP

60.9

57.1

57.5

INDIANAPOLIS LIGHTHOUSE CHARTER

60.3

59.6

53.3

STATEWIDE

60.0

 57.4

56.1

DECATUR TOWNSHIP

58.0

56.8

50.0

FALL CREEK ACADEMY CHARTER

55.2

75.3

65.2

INDIANAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

55.1

49.6

50.1

PARAMOUNT SCHOOL EXCEL CHARTER

51.0

39.7

 N/A

IMAGINE WEST CHARTER

47.5

41.7

33.1

IMAGINE EAST CHARTER

43.1

29.3

24.9

ANDREW ACADEMY CHARTER

43.1

51.2

N/A

HOOSIER ACADEMY VIRTUAL CHARTER

38.5

N/A

N/A

INDIANAPOLIS PROJECT CHARTER

25.0

24.1

23.8

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