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September 19, 2013

Local school administrators examine ISTEP results

Logan superintendent skeptical glitches mattered little.

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Beth Dean, principal at Pioneer Elementary School, said scores there dropped slightly but were within two percentage points.

“The goal is to keep doing what we’ve been doing,” Dean said. “Teachers work hard with the kids and we want them to be prepared as they move grade to grade. We will do our best when test time comes around again.”

As a whole, the percentages were good and students did a fine job with testing, said David Bess, superintendent of Pioneer Regional School Corp.

The corporation saw 83.4 percent of students pass English/language arts and 87.9 percent pass math.

Barrett Bates, principal at Galveston Elementary School, said though school administrators were happy with the results, it was definitely an interesting year with the glitches and delay in results.

The corporation had 78.6 percent of students pass English/language arts and 81.7 percent pass math.

“You can obviously always make improvements, but we’re happy with how they (students) did,” Bates said. “Now the schools will look at scores, see where they’re at, where they need to be and make adjustments.”

Whether anyone’s a fan of the test or not, it’s one students have to take and now is the time to be proactive and help prepare students, Bates said.

Local ISTEP+ pass rates School corp. ELA Math Logansport 74.6 percent 77.9 Pioneer 83.4 87.9 Southeastern 78.6 81.7 Caston 78.5 76.1 Source: Indiana Dept. of Education

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