Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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October 4, 2013

Some students excel, while others struggle with ISTEP+

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“The key for our district is not only to keep growing our student scores, but also to be able to sustain that growth as we move closer to the top. This past year, as the numbers show, we have regressed in some grades, but also jumped forward in others. I see this pattern as part of the overall growth process in our district.”

Looking at grade level scores, in English third-graders did best with 92.9 percent passing. Eighth-graders fared the worst with 77.6 percent. In math, fifth-graders excelled at 93.2 percent compared to a low of 82.3 percent by seventh-graders.

At 87 percent, fourth-graders had the best passing rate for both sections. Seventh-graders had the most trouble passing both at 72.2 percent.

Analyzing composite scores (passing both sections) for each school, the rule at SDCSC was the younger the students, the better they performed: North Dearborn Elementary, 89.3; Sunman Elementary, 87.5; Bright Elementary, 82.6; Sunman-Dearborn Intermediate, 79.5; Sunman-Dearborn Middle, 74. Hendrix reported, “I have talked with several superintendents in the state about their schools’ test scores. Many of them have shared with me their concerns about their students’ scores trending downward, especially at the seventh- and eighth-grade levels.”

He added, “I think many of our teachers and administrators believe that those scores do not indicate our students’ best efforts. We are pleased with the growth in some of our schools and grade levels. We are also disappointed that our students did not grow or perform better in other grade levels.”

According to the superintendent, “We are continuing to assess our overall academic program. We are delving deeper into the data to find the gaps in learning that may be a result of curriculum issues or instructional issues. We will make the corrections needed, especially at those grade levels that showed regression. I have great confidence in my administrators and teachers that they will work even harder to find more ways to help our students learn and grow at even higher levels.”

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