ISTEP scores have been released to the public. Better things can be said about the scores however a lot of the criticism is coming from educators and officials claiming that the new ISTEP test this year was harder than it has ever been in previous years. According to the results only 67% of students passed the English Language Arts section of the test. Prior to this year the numbers were above 80%. An even worse outcome for the Math section of the test with the scores only reaching 61% of students passing with only 54% of students actually passing both sections of the ISTEP test statewide.