Evaluation

Evaluation

I-STEM, IUPUI and TERC (Cambridge, MA) studied the impact of the Indiana Science Initiative (ISI) curriculum on students’ ISTEP+ passing rates for 329 schools (including 107 ISI schools)[1].  The analysis compared ISI students to matched cohorts of non-ISI classrooms.  Students were matched on grade level, gender, ethnicity, Free or Reduced Lunch status, high ability, special education, and English language learner status.  Classrooms were matched based on grade levels and teachers’ years of experience.  The study also evaluated the impact of ISI’s professional development (PD) on student ISTEP+ passing rates.

Results

  • Classrooms using ISI curriculum with well-trained teachers do significantly better on ISTEP+ Science tests.
  • Additionally, these classrooms also do significantly better on ISTEP+ Mathematics and English Language Arts tests.
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[1] The complete report: “The Impact of the Indiana Science Initiative on Students’ Science, Mathematics and English Language Arts Knowledge Evaluations” (I-STEM Report 2015-03) is available at www.istemnetwork.org/about-us/stem-reports/ .