INDIANAPOLIS (WOTH) — The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) has provided an update to the Indiana State Board of Education on the National Assessment of Institutional Assessment Testimony for the state and streamlining of the Indiana Academic Standards.
Known as the “National Report Card” on education, the National Education Assessment Program (NAEP) Program provides the only comparable academic data from state to state and within US borders. For overall performance, it measures the main student population change, change over time and differences between countries, states and urban areas.
Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Charitas Flores held a presentation on NAEP data and what it means for Indiana.
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“We can look at this brand and think through different projects that have been undertaken at different times and most recently, it also allows us to consider the academic impact that we also observed at ILEARN and IREAD III events,” Dr. Flowers said.
The raw data showed;
- 33% of Indiana 4th graders scored at or above proficiency
- 31% of Indiana 8th graders scored at or above proficiency
- 40% of Indiana 4th graders scored at or above proficiency
- 30% of Indiana 4th graders scored at or above proficiency
Indiana was 1 of 17 states that scored significantly higher than the national average for fourth grade math.
Indiana was 1 among 30 states whose performance was not significantly different than the national average for 8th grade math.
“Indian” is typically above the national average in reading and math. We are still above the national average in math. That reading closes the gap, but looking at what Dr. Flowers pointed out from 2011 to 2013, that is, when we saw a widening gap in the state and you can see that gap narrowing specifically between 2017 and 2019. You see significant narrows where the nation goes up, and Indiana goes down. We all know the impact of COVID, so many times people talk about it being done by COVID, it’s all done by the pandemic and that’s just not an accurate story,” said the Secretary of State for Education, Dr. Jenner.
He said that the state, that they had seen some downward trends before.
“In 4th grade math, Indiana is ranked 8th in the nation when you only look at states and not regions, but you can’t be sure you see that 8th just on the surface because of statistical significance. While we were 8, we are roughly the same as the other 16 states. So at one point, and it is the same,” Dr. Jenner said.
Some of the main things that according to Dr. Flower stuck, while 4th and 8th grade students scored above the national average in math, they saw some of the largest drops in 4th grade math compared to the nation. Indiana has been above the national average in reading for nearly a decade, although reading scores have declined 4 points since 2015.
Compared to ILEARN and Iread state 3 assessments, overall achievement for certain ethnic groups of students (Black, Hispanic, and students who received free or reduced meals) remains low in both reading and math and requires intentional, targeted support.
That’s when they passed to talk about the renewal in the House Act Enrolled 1251.
HEA called on the Indiana Department of Education to identify the key skills and traits students need to succeed after high school graduation. As a result, IDOE has undertaken a comprehensive research effort.
- Literature review of scholarly articles and papers
- Analysis of other states and their use of skills
- A scan of postsecondary institutions and national institutions
- Focus Group on Indiana with representatives from employment, enrollment and enrollment
- Disclosure and analysis of trends carried out by participants across the state
Indiana’s academic standards are designed to help educators, parents, students, and community members understand what students can know and do at each grade level, and within each grade level content so that they exit high school and career ready. While the standards identify the academic content or skills that Indiana students need to prepare for college and careers, they are not an exhaustive list. How each standard in the curriculum is taught is to be determined at the local level.
The department wants to start the process of profusion of Indian Academic Standards to focus on essential knowledge and skills while promoting a rigorous learning environment.
Dr. Flores said his plan is to streamline the standards in 2022-2023, so that they can bring it to implementation in 2023-2024 and fix the potential assessment in 2025-2026.