The teacher evaluation process was explained to the Culver School Board Tuesday. The evaluations help determine which teachers receive performance-based stipends and in the case of a reduction in force, which teachers are more likely to be cut. Continue reading
Knox School Superintendent A.J. Gappa reviewed a few positive results from the recent ISTEP testing and reported that the schools have been, and continue to be, in a pilot program that help to determine test questions next year. The final testing period is April 18-May 6.He reiterated that a new testing formula is to be developed by the State for the 2017-18 year.
Officials with the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation are not sad to see the ISTEP test go by the wayside. State lawmakers voted to scrap the controversial exam at the end of 2017. Superintendent Dan Foster says that decision raises some questions, like why to even give the test next year.
Foster told the school board Monday night it’s unclear at this time what will replace ISTEP. Continue reading
The West Central School Board is considering a change to the middle and high school schedule in order to better accommodate standardized and college preparatory testing. They’re currently on a block four schedule. That means students take four classes each day and meet for longer periods. As a result, some students are still in the midst of instruction on subjects covered on ISTEP and other end of course assessments in math, biology and language arts when the tests roll around. Continue reading
Culver Schools principals had the chance to share their perspectives on the ISTEP results with the school board, during Monday’s meeting. The corporation saw the biggest drop in test scores locally, with only 44.8 percent of students passing both the English/Language Arts and Math tests. Continue reading
School corporations are waiting for guidance from the state before trying to assign too much meaning to the 2014 ISTEP scores released last week. They showed a decline of roughly 20 percent statewide over the prior year. Oregon-Davis Interim Superintendent Jim Dermody calls it a “fluid situation.” He intends to dig deeper into the local data and present a full report to the school board in February. Continue reading
A local school official is weighing in on state lawmakers’ proposal to replace the ISTEP with an “off-the-shelf” test. Continue reading
The superintendents of both Pulaski County school corporations have sent a letter to community members expressing their concerns over the latest ISTEP test scores. West Central Superintendent Don Street says several factors contributed to the drop in scores indicated by the embargoed test results.
“We had a change in the standards, we had a change in the test format. It’s becoming more challenging, but we — our children, our students — just need time to adjust to what is expected of them and the type of test that they are to take.” Continue reading
They say it’s not an accurate reflection of student achievement and teaching quality.
The North Judson – San Pierre School Corporation says waiting on the state for direction is a lesson in frustration.
ISTEP scores were discussed by administrators at the Culver Community Schools Corporation during Monday’s school board meeting. The school principals said they weren’t allowed to go into specifics about the preliminary scores but said they were noticeably lower than in previous years. Continue reading
The Culver Community Schools Corporation will present its new strategic plan to the school board tonight. School officials are also expected to discuss the preliminary ISTEP scores released by the State Department of Education. Continue reading
ISTEP scores have been released by the State Department of Education, but Eastern Pulaski School superintendent Dan Foster says there are still many issues to be resolved. Continue reading
ISTEP scores across the state are expected to plummet due to changes in the test. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz discussed the anticipated drop with North Judson-San Pierre officials during a Friday visit to the elementary school. Continue reading
The Culver School Board Monday reacted to changes affecting schools throughout the state. Continue reading
The school year will be half over before corporations know how their students fared on last year’s ISTEP tests. North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson says the state has pushed back the release of the scores to December due to issues with the grading of the exams. Continue reading
The second round of the ISTEP test will be administered starting next week in area schools.
Students took the first portion of the test in March of this year – which covers English, Math, and for some students: Science and Social Studies. ISTEP is used to help measure student performance in a handful of subject areas.
Winter weather occurring earlier this week affected schools in more ways than canceling classes.
The wintry mix that descended on the area also delayed ISTEP testing for several schools. The ISTEP test has been discussed for some time in the General Assembly with reforms to the test approved by lawmakers.
The icy conditions yesterday, causing cancellation of a school day, also delayed the start of ISTEP testing in the Knox Middle School. Testing there was scheduled to start Tuesday.
At Monday’s meeting of the Knox School Board, Superintendent A.J. Gappa reviewed the constant changes in the ISTEP provisions by the State. In a visual presentation, he compared last year’s testing plan with the current year.
Governor Mike Pence signed into law SEA 62, the bill that allows the Indiana Department of Education to shorten this year’s ISTEP test. The test would have been more than 12 hours for third grade students.
The test will begin on Monday at most schools and Tuesday at others. Students will be tested in the next two weeks. The window closes March 11.