Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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October 4, 2013

Some students excel, while others struggle with ISTEP+

When the Indiana Department of Education released ISTEP+ numbers Sept. 18, Batesville Community School Corp. superintendent Dr. Jim Roberts was jubilant. He reported, “Our corporation scored very well compared to all other school corporations in Indiana. For the third consecutive year, our overall pass rate (students in grades 3-8 who passed both English and math portions) was in the top 10 with a ranking of No. 6. Our pass rate for mathematics was No. 3 and for English/language arts No. 10.”

The BCSC 2013 pass rate stands at 89.3 percent, up 0.2 percent from 2012. The achievement trend was even across the two schools: Batesville Intermediate and Batesville Middle each tallied 89.3.

Overall, fourth-graders were the top test-takers with 91.9 percent passing both sections. Fifth-graders had the lowest passing rate at 84.2 percent.

At 98.8 percent, “our grade 6 mathematics pass rate was especially strong as they tied for No. 1 in Indiana!” Roberts announced. In that subject, 95.6 percent of all Batesville Community School Corp. students passed. Faring the worst were third-graders at 91.8 percent.

In English, 91.4 percent passed. By grade level, third-graders were at the top of the heap at 96.8 percent and fifth-graders at the bottom at 84.4 percent.

Roberts said, “I was very excited when we received this year’s ISTEP+ scores. Based upon the issues that nearly all schools faced with online testing, I was nervous about the potential impact to our results. Additionally, our recent success has set a high bar for us to get over with each standardized testing experience.”

He attributed Batesville’s continual rise in ISTEP+ scores to all the persons involved in the learning process. “We are fortunate to have a combination of great students, supportive parents and outstanding educators. As a community, we accept the concept of “Believe in Better” and continually strive to find opportunities for improvement.”

Sunman-Dearborn Community School Corp. superintendent Dr. Jeff Hendrix said, “I believe that our teachers have worked very hard to help our students reach higher levels of achievement over the past five years since the assessment was moved from the fall to the spring. Historically, in the spring of 2009 our test scores for the corporation were 79.3 percent in language arts, 78.8 percent in math and 71.4 percent in passing both. In 2013, we scored as a corporation 83.6 percent in language arts, 89.3 percent in math and 79.9 percent in passing both parts. That is considerable growth.

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